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Pregame: Warriors at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2011
Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis, left, speaks with teammate Stephen Curry in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Ellis and Curry contributed 29 and 21 points, respectively, to Golden State's 110-103 win over New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Warriors (27-35) at Cavaliers (12-50)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Samardo Samuels, C J.J. Hickson
Warriors probables: PG Stephen Curry, SG Monta Eliis, SF Dorell Wright, PF David Lee, C Ekpe Udoh
Officials: Mike Callahan, Eric Dalen, Leon Wood
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (pinky) out; Warriors -- None.
Who's hot/who's not: Samardo Samuels is averaging 16.3 points and eight assists since replacing the injured Antawn Jamison in the Cavs’ starting lineup. Shooting guard Anthony Parker is shooting 30 percent (10 of 33) in the Cavs’ last four games. The Warriors’ Stephen Curry is averaging 22.6 points on the team's current road trip. Monta Ellis is averaging 34 points in the last two games.

* Byron Scott hasn't talked to Daniel Gibson about it yet, but Gibson will likely play tonight against the Warriors. He has missed the last two games with a bruised quad that just won't heal. It has been bothering him for weeks and likely still isn't 100 percent.

* No changes to the starting lineup, however, meaning Baron Davis is still coming off the bench and Alonzo Gee is still the starting small forward. Scott had hinted recently at perhaps moving Christian Eyenga back into the starting lineup, but Scott still doesn't like his defensive approach at all times. It's improving, he said, but Eyenga still gets lost on occasion on the weak side when his man doesn't have the ball.

* The Cavs had 19 assists on 28 baskets Sunday against the Hornets, so the selfishness Scott was referring to doesn't show up in the box score. Scott was referring to the way the ball would get caught on one side of the floor. Players weren't seeing their teammates on the weak side and weren't doing a very good job of getting the defense moving.

* Warriors coach Keith Smart is 27-35 in his first season. The former Cavs interim coach was awarded the job just before the start of the season.

* The Warriors were expecting a lot of success out of this road trip, but instead have lost four of five on the trip and six of their last seven overall. They have allowed at least 125 points twice on the trip, including in an overtime loss at Philadelphia on Sunday.

* Speaking of defense, these are two of the three worst defensive teams in the league, at least in terms of scoring. The Cavs are allowing 106 points per game, which ranks 28th in the league. The Warriors are even worse, allowing 106.2 to rank 29th. Only the Minnesota Timberwolves (107.4) are worse than both of these teams.

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