Philadelphia 76ers (2-8) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-5)
7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, FS Ohio/WTAM
Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Sixers probable starters: PG Jrue Holiday, SG Evan Turner, SF Andres Nocioni, PF Elton Brand, C Spencer Hawes
Officials: Greg Willard, Nick Buchert, David Jones
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (groin) questionable; Anderson Varejao (ribs) questionable; Sixers -- Andre Iguodala (Achilles) out.
* Both Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao remain questionable for tonight. Byron Scott said this morning both will arrive at the arena a little early and go through workouts. How they fare will determine if they play, although Scott reiterated that Varejao is still closer to playing than Williams. Based on that, and how tough Andy is, I'm going to say that Varejao plays tonight, but Mo sits again.
* Whoever starts at guard will have to do a much better job defending the Sixers' Holiday, who scorched the Cavs for a career-high 29 points in the game in Philadelphia two weeks ago. After Iguodala left with an injury, Holiday took over for the Sixers.
* The loss of Iguodala is huge for the Sixers. He's easily their best player and is a great rebounder in the backcourt.
* The Sixers have really struggled this season under first-year coach Doug Collins. They're riding a three-game losing streak and already had a four-game losing streak earlier in the season.
* After tonight, the schedule gets considerably tougher for the Cavs. From this Friday until next Friday, the Cavs get the Hornets, Spurs and Magic -- all first place teams, all on the road (the Spurs and Hornets are tied for first at (8-1). That makes a victory tonight imperative.
* The Cavs are about halfway through the offensive playbook, Scott said today. That's not a terrific pace, but it's not an awful one, either. Scott said his first season in New Orleans was the exception, when the entire playbook was installed by New Year's of his first season. He said that was an extremely rare case and due to the diligence of Chris Paul, David West and Peja Stojakovic, among others. Apparently the Cavs aren't quite as studious as that group was.
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