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Tuesday practice report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 22, 2011
Cleveland Cavaliers' Baron Davis (85) passes the ball as Portland Trail Blazers' Marcus Camby (23) looks on in the first quarter during their NBA basketball game Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo)

Byron Scott is "110 percent" sure how he wants to juggle the starting lineup, but he won't reveal it until tomorrow. Too many players had sore backs today and were struggling with random bumps and bruises to really go all out. Nothing serious, Scott said, but enough to make a 90-minute physical practice a bad idea.

As for the lineup changes, that's anybody's guess. But it won't be Baron Davis, who likely won't play tomorrow against the Nets. Scott wants him to get a good practice in before playing and was expecting that to happen today. Since it didn't, Scott agreed there is only a "slim" chance Davis can play tomorrow.

The most obvious change might include Alonzo Gee, who has struggled over the last five games. Scott can reinsert Christian Eyenga at small forward for Gee, or he can move Daniel Gibson back into the starting lineup at guard and shift Anthony Parker down to forward. Ultimately, this is just Scott's way to try and get everyone's attention for the final 13 games. There aren't any major changes available and there is no great turnoaround a change could spark.

Other tidbits:
* Scott wasn't aware Deron Williams is a definite scratch from the Nets tomorrow night. When he found out, his eyes grew a little bit. "For sure?" he said. "I'm going to go here and let out a scream so you guys can't hear." Scott had just lumped Williams into the conversation of point guards who can turn a team around with their style of play.

* While Davis' numbers have been in decline for a couple of years, Scott is going by what Jerry West told him many years ago. West believes a player's prime is between 29 and 33. Davis turns 32 in a couple of weeks, meaning next season should still be a "prime" season under West's timeline. Scott believes Davis' best system was the up-and-down style he played in under Don Nelson at Golden State. He said the biggest key with Davis is getting him right physically. If that happens, Scott believes Davis can have a "phenomenal" year next season.

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