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Pregame: Sixers (28-43) at Cavs (22-48)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2013
The 76ers have won two of their last three, but have still disappointed this season.


Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

Injury report: Cavs: Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out; Anderson Varejao (knee, lung) out; Dion Waiters (knee) out. Sixers: Andrew Bynum (knee) out, Jason Richardson (knee) out.

Officials: Tony Brothers, Scott Twardoski, Gary Zielinski

Series: Tied 1-1

Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Shaun Livingston 6-7, 175 6.1 2.3 3.2
SG Wayne Ellington 6-4, 200 7.5 1.9 1.2
SF Alonzo Gee 6-6, 219 10.4 3.8 1.7
PF Tristan Thompson 6-9, 227 11.4 9.3 1.3
C Tyler Zeller 7-0, 250 7.9 5.9 1.3



Sixers probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Jrue Holiday 6-4, 205 18.4 4.3 8.5
SG Damien Wilkins 6-6, 225 5.3 1.3 1.2
SF Evan Turner 6-7, 2225 13.3 6.3 4.3
PF Thaddeus Young 6-8, 235 15.1 7.5 1.7
C  Spencer Hawes 7-1, 245 10.9 7.2 2.2


* The Sixers have easily been one of the league's most disappointing teams this season. They were expected to be one of the top three or four teams in the East, but the Andrew Bynum injury wrecked any chance of that.

* Bynum won't play in a single game for them this season, leaving them in the unenviable position of deciding whether to re-sign a center with bad knees or let him walk and get absolutely nothing for trading Andre Iguodala. Good luck with that.

* The Sixers still have All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, although he has been slumping lately. Holiday is averaging 13.2 points and shooting 37 percent in his last five games. 

* Holiday's father, Shawn, was Byron Scott's backcourt teammate at Arizona State. The two still chat periodically and Holiday's younger brother, Justin, spent training camp this season with the Cavs. 

* The Sixers are tied with Washington and Chicago as the league's lowest scoring teams (92.9 ppg), but they have scored at least 100 points in four of their last six games. Scott said that's because they've been getting easy baskets in transition, so a goal for tonight is to make them a half-court team. 

* It was a foregone conclusion weeks ago, but the Cavs have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. The Milwaukee Bucks' win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday not only hurt the Lakers' odds of making the playoffs, it eliminated the Cavs.

* Speaking of the Lakers, Scott grinned and admitted he pays "just a little bit" of attention to the Lakers because the Cavs can get their draft position if they make the playoffs. The Lakers and Jazz are tied in the loss column for the eighth and final seed in the West. "I find myself looking at ESPN, and when they lose I’m going, ‘Damn!’" Scott said. "Right now I do keep my eye on them a little more than I probably would have if we didn’t have a chance to get their pick."
* No updates on Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters.
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