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Pregame: Lakers at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 16, 2011

Los Angeles Lakers (38-18) at Cleveland Cavaliers (9-46)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Lakers probable starters: PG Derek Fisher, SG Kobe Bryant, SF Ron Artest, PF Pau Gasol, C Andrew Bynum
Officials: Bill Kennedy, Kane Fitzgerald, Michael Smith
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (quad) questionable, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out; Lakers -- Matt Barnes (knee) out, Theo Ratliff (knee) out.

* Daniel Gibson remains questionable for tonight with that bruised quad. Cavs coach Byron Scott said it will come down to how he feels after his pregame workout.

* The last time these teams met, the 112-57 Lakers victory set Cavs records for worst loss and fewest points scored in franchise history.

* Scott thought the Cavs looked scared in their game in Los Angeles, but he doesn't think that will be the case this time around. Scott said this morning Mo didn't play in that game at Staples Center, but he did. He just went 1 of 9 while dragging a bad leg, so it's easy to forget he was out there.

* This is the final game on a two-week, seven-game Grammy road trip for the Lakers, who have played their last couple games like a tired team ready to get home. They've lost to the Magic and Bobcats by an average of 17 points and they've failed to break 90 points in either loss. This is a team irritated with the way they have played lately and the Cavs should expect a much better effort -- or the Lakers could have already checked out and started thinking about getting back home.

* Mo Williams is shooting just 37 percent (10 of 27) after missing 13 games with a strained hip flexor. He had seven turnovers Sunday against the Wizards. J.J. Hickson is averaging 19.9 points 11.1 rebounds in seven February games.

* The Lakers’ Ron Artest is shooting 32 percent (16 of 50) on this road trip. Kobe Bryant, while battling a flu bug, scored 20 points in Monday’s loss to the Bobcats, but shot just 8 of 20 and turned it over five times.

* The Lakers are eighth in the league in scoring, averaging 102.3 points per game. The Cavs are 27th in points allowed at 105.9 per game.

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