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Pregame: Knicks at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2012

New York Knicks (7-10) at Cleveland Cavaliers (6-10)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Knicks probables: PG Iman Shumpert, SG Landry Fields, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Amar'e Stoudemire, C Tyson Chandler
Injuries: Cavs -- Tristan Thompson (ankle) questionable; Knicks -- Baron Davis (back) doubtful, Josh Harrellson (fractured wrist) out.
Officials: Bill Kennedy, Kane Fitzgerald, Scott Twardoski

Notes
* The Cavs' turnover epidemic seems to be getting worse, not better, although it could be a product of the teams the Cavs are facing.

* They've committed at least 20 turnovers in a game seven times now through just 16 games. Even more alarming, it has happened in three of the last four. Not surprising, the Cavs are 2-5 when they commit 20-plus turnovers and they've dropped five straight.

* The game against the Heat may have been the most offensive in terms of turnovers. Guys were throwing the ball all over the court, half the time without really checking to see if anyone was within 3 feet to catch the pass. Byron Scott joked after the game that at least one of those passes was headed toward Heat President Pat Riley.

* Tristan Thompson remains questionable tonight with that ankle injury and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he misses another game. Byron Scott said last night the Cavs really could've used Thompson's athleticism against the Heat, and without it Chris Bosh hammered them for 35.

* The Cavs will get another athletic power forward tonight in Amar'e Stoudemire, who absolutely tortured the Cavs and Antawn Jamison last season. Stoudemire averaged 30.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in four games against the Cavs, and Antawn Jamison's defense hasn't exactly improved since then. Without Thompson, the Cavs will likely turn to Samardo Samuels again. Samuels had some huge moments against the Knicks last season, but was also abused defensively by Stoudemire.

* Stoudemire has been slumping, as have the Knicks, but they put it all together for a 33-point whipping of the hapless Bobcats on Tuesday. That means both teams will be playing the second of a back-to-back tonight, which could make for ugly basketball. The Cavs are 0-4 on those nights and the Knicks are 1-3.

* THe Knicks are a mess and putting entirely too much hope on Baron Davis' bad back and knee. In fact, Davis just might be coach Mike D'Antoni's final chance at keeping his job, which is why D'Antoni is so eager to rush Davis back into the lineup. D'Antoni said Tuesday Davis couldn't be ruled out for tonight, but after a workout yesterday afternoon, Davis said that was highly unlikely. He just doesn't feel ready yet.

* The Knicks dropped six straight before Tuesday's win and they've had miserable luck against the Cavs. Their victory over the Cavs late last season ended an 11-game losing streak that dated back to LeBron's days in Cleveland. Davis played a big role in one of those victories with a huge 3-pointer in his debut game.

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