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Pregame: Hawks at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2010

Atlanta Hawks (3-0) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (1-2)
7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions (13.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg), SG Anthony Parker (10.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.7 apg), SF Jamario Moon (6.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.7 apg),PF J.J. Hickson (14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.7 apg), C Anderson Varejao (8.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.0 apg).
Hawks probable starters: PG Mike Bibby (13.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 4.7 apg), SG Joe Johnson (23.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), SF Marvin Williams (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), PF Josh Smith (11.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.3 apg), C Al Horford (14.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.3 apg).
Officials: Marc Davis, David Guthrie, Josh Tiven
Injury report: Cavs -- Antawn Jamison (left knee) questionable; Hawks -- Maurice Evans (right knee) out, Pape Sy (back) out.

* Mo Williams will play tonight, but he's not starting. Coach Byron Scott wants to ease him back into game action tonight, then give him another couple of good practices before a back-to-back at Philadelphia and Washington on Friday and Saturday. Scott said Williams is still his starting point guard, so expect him to reclaim the role on the road trip.

* After Monday's defensive practice, Scott is anxious to see how his players respond tonight. After watching the film from the loss to Sacramento, Scott counted 25 instances of the Cavs giving up middle penetration. It happened only 12 times against the Celtics. "You're not going to win when you give 25 middle drives and get outrebounded by 10, 12 boards or whatever it may be," Scott said. "Middle penetration in this league, you just give guys too many options. You try to take away the middle of the floor as much as you can."

* Scott said one-third of the Kings' possessions ended in drives right down the middle of the floor. "Some of it was just bad individual defense and some of it was bad team defense, guys not recognizing or not seeing what's going on over on the weak side."

* It's early, but Daniel Gibson leads the Cavs in scoring at 15 points per game. He is one of three players in the league currently leading their team in scoring as reserves. Detroit's Ben Gordon (21.7 ppg) and Philadelphia's Lou Williams (16.3) are the others. Gibson isn't fazed by it. "I'm not big on individual stats. I'm focused more on getting wins," Gibson said. "Whatever that's going to take for us to start back to winning, that's what I want to happen. Stats don't matter to me. I just want to be on a winning club."

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