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Pregame: Knicks (5-14) at Cavs (7-13)

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 10, 2013
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Carmelo Anthony enters tonight's game averaging 25.2 points per game, which ranks third in the NBA. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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

Injury report: Cavs: None; Knicks: Kenyon Martin (ankle) questionable; Tyson Chandler (leg) out.

Officials: Marc Davis, Dick Bavetta, Leon Wood

Series: First meeting

Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kyrie Irving 6-3, 193 19.7 3.4 5.8
SG C.J. Miles 6-6, 231 8.4 2.1 0.9
SF Alonzo Gee 6-6, 225 3.6 2.6 0.6
PF Tristan Thompson 6-9, 238 11.5 10.4 0.8
C Andrew Bynum 7-0, 285 9.3 5.1 1.1

 

 

Knicks probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Raymond Felton 6-1, 205 10.6 2.5 5.3
SG Iman Shumpert 6-5, 220 7.5 4.4 1.9
SF Carmelo Anthony 6-8, 235 25.2 9.7 2.7
PF Tim Hardaway Jr. 6-6, 205 8.0 1.1 0.9
C  Andrea Bargnani  7-0, 250 14.7 5.3 1.3
 

Notebook

* Think the Cavs have problems? The Knicks are a hot mess. Tyson Chandler has missed a month with a fracture in his right fibula (although he returned to practice this week), Amare Stoudemire is owed $45 million this season and next despite battling knee problems and every day brings another rumor as to whether or not Carmelo Anthony wants out of New York. 

* Not to mention the Knicks are coming off a 41-point blowout loss at home to the Celtics, which is significantly worse than the 17-point beatdown the Celtics dropped on the Cavs last week. 

* As a result, Mike Brown has been warning for two days that the Knicks will be wounded animals tonight. They like to slow the pace (they're old), but Brown wants the Cavs to push (they're young).

* Anthony Bennett has played a total of 29 minutes the last four games as he eases into his new role at small forward. Brown said the lack of minutes is more because of the guys in front of him than any mistakes he's making on the floor. 

* Part of that is because he has used the three-guard lineup of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack more than he expected he would. Brown typically doesn't like going small, but he likes having three good ball handlers on the floor together. The move has caused problems occasionally defensively and it's difficult to see Waiters or Jack defending Carmelo Anthony tonight. Then again, it's difficult to see Bennett defending him, too. 

* Despite all the problems on the road, the Cavs have won their last three at home and are holding opponents under 42 percent shooting at home. They have held each of the last six opponents under 100 points at home and eight of nine overall at the Q. Away from home? Don't ask. 

* The Knicks (24th) and the Cavs (29th) have two of the league's worst offenses. The Knicks are averaging 94.3 points per game and the Cavs are averaging 92.4. The Knicks are shooting 43 percent for the season and the Cavs are at 41.5. 

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