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Pregame: Clippers at Cavs

By Nate Published: February 8, 2012

Los Angeles Clippers (15-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (9-14)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC.
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Alonzo Gee (9.3, 3.7, 1.6), SF Omri Casspi (8.0, 2.8, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (15.5, 5.7, 1.7), C Anderson Varejao (10.8, 11.8, 1.7).
Clippers probables: PG Chris Paul (18.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 8.9 apg), SG Randy Foye (7.3, 1.4, 2.1), SF Caron Butler (14.8, 3.9, 1.6), PF Blake Griffin (21.2, 10.9, 3.1), C DeAndre Jordan (8.5, 9.0, 0.3).
Injuries: Cavs — Daniel Gibson (neck) TBD, Anthony Parker (back) out, Tristan Thompson (sprained left ankle) out; Clippers — Chauncey Billups (torn left Achilles) out.
Officials: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher and Scott Wall.

*The Cavs are looking to bounce back after suffering a 107-91 loss on the road Tuesday night against the Miami Heat. The Cavs will play in their seventh back-to-back of the season tonight. They’re 2-4 in the second game of a back-to-back.
*On Feb. 11, 2011, the Cavs snapped their NBA-record, 26-game losing streak with a 126-119 win in overtime against the Clippers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs have won their past nine home games against the Clippers.
*The Cavs will begin a nine-game homestand tonight, the longest in team history and the third-longest in NBA history. Eleven of their next 13 games will be at Quicken Loans Arena.
*Gibson has missed the Cavs' past five games with a soft tissue infection in his neck, but coach Byron Scott said there's a chance Gibson could face the Clippers tonight. Meanwhile, Parker (back) is expected to sit out for the fifth consecutive game, and Tristan Thompson (sprained left ankle) is expected to be sidelined for the fourth in a row.
*Guard Mo Williams will play in Cleveland for the first time since the Cavs traded him to the Clippers on Feb. 24, 2011. The Cavaliers acquired guard Baron Davis and an unprotected lottery pick from the Clippers in exchange for Williams and forward Jamario Moon. The Clippers' first-round pick became the No. 1 overall selection, and the Cavs used it to draft guard Kyrie Irving.
*The Clippers will play for the first time since Billups suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon Monday in Orlando.

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