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Pregame: Clippers (13-7) at Cavs (6-13)

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 7, 2013
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The Clippers will travel approximately 6,103 miles through the air on their current seven-game road trip. This is their third stop. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena; TV/Radio: NBA TV, FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

Injury report: Cavs: None; Clippers: Matt Barnes (eye) out; J.J. Redick (hand/wrist) out; Maalik Wayns (knee)

Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Eric Dalen, Gary Zielinski

Series: First meeting

Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kyrie Irving 6-3, 193 19.7 3.4 5.7
SG C.J. Miles 6-6, 231 8.6 2.1 0.9
SF Alonzo Gee 6-6, 225 3.7 2.5 0.6
PF Tristan Thompson 6-9, 238 11.0 10.2 0.6
C Andrew Bynum 7-0, 285 8.7 5.0 1.1



Clippers probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Chris Paul 6-0, 185 18.7 4.7 11.8
SG Willie Green 6-4, 190 3.1 0.9 0.3
SF Jared Dudley 6-7, 225 8.1 1.5 1.5
PF Blake Griffin 6-10, 251 21.0 10.8 3.1
C  DeAndre Jordan 6-11, 265 9.8 12.9 1.0


* Andrew Bynum is starting to get that bounce back. Mike Brown confirmed Bynum waived off a sub twice during Friday's loss to the Hawks because he wanted to stay out there, but Brown had pushed it far enough and had to pull him. "That’s great. He wants to stay in the game," Brown said. "I played him too long during those stretches anyway. I like his competitive fire and his want to stay in the game and all that, but he needed to come out."

* After watching the film of Kyrie Irving's scoreless night, Brown said some of his shots looked halfway down when they spun out. Regardless, Brown is backing his struggling point guard and said he wants Irving to keep firing. 

* "I don’t care if he goes 0 for 30. I want him to keep being aggressive," Brown said.  "If he misses five in a row and he feels like he can get a great look on his next one, take it and I’ll back him. I’ll support him. I just don’t want him to lose his aggressiveness on that end of the floor because we need him to score."

* Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes Irving's struggles are due in part to the changes in personnel around him. "Kyrie is a great shooter. I saw him at Dukeand I knew he was a good shooter, but I never thought he was a great shooter. He is a great shooter," Rivers said. "Unfortunately for him, he's trying to figure out new players, a new system almost every year for that matter for him with all the new players. I think that's very difficult for a young point guard."

* Rivers' standard has always been Isiah Thomas. He believes Irving and Chris Paul are the two best ball handlers in the league, "and I think those are the only two guys who can do the things that they do with the ball that remind you of Isiah."

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