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Pregame: Clippers at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-45) at Los Angeles Clippers (20-32)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Clippers probable starters: PG Baron Davis, SG Randy Foye, SF Ryan Gomes, PF Blake Griffin, C DeAndre Jordan
Officials: Zach Zarba, Olandis Poole, Haywoode Workman
Injury report: Cavs -- Leon Powe (knee) doubtful, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out; Clippers -- Eric Gordon (wrist) out, Chris Kaman (ankle) out, Craig Smith (back) out.

Notes
* Mo Williams is returning to the rotation, although he won't start. Just the fact he's playing is a bit of a surprise, since Byron Scott kept calling him doubtful all week.

* Williams said he hasn't felt this good all season. His legs are back, he says, and he feels explosive again. Good thing, too. His shooting numbers are the worst of his career -- likely because of the injuries to his legs.

* Interesting to hear Baron Davis talk about the impact Scott had on his career. The two had an ugly clash in New Orleans and Davis was shipped out of town. He conceded this morning that he was a young guy who had some growing up and maturing to do. Later in his career, after he had joined the Clippers, Davis approached Scott and told him he appreciated all Scott was trying to do for him. It's very similar to stories from Denver's JR Smith, New Jersey's Jason Kidd and even the Cavs' J.J. Hickson, who initially butted heads with Scott.

* The Cavs will get their first look at Blake Griffin tonight, the phenom rookie dunker who was injured last season. Griffin will be a handful for the Cavs, who don't have anyone physically strong enough to match him. He wants to be known as more than just a dunker, although that jumper still needs some work. He was hoisting 3-pointers from the corner after shootaround this morning and missed four in a row -- badly.

* The Clippers are just 4-18 on the road this season and in the midst of a two-week, eight-game trip that will carry them into the All-Star break. The second half of this trip should be much easier than the first. The trip began with games against Atlanta, Miami, Orlando and New York. It concludes with games against the Cavs, Toronto, Milwaukee and Minnesota. The best of those four is Milwaukee, which is 12 games under .500.

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