Bobcats-Cavaliers Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 10, 2012
The Cleveland Cavaliers expect to be without Kyrie Irving for at least the next two games, but his absence has been Lester Hudson's gain. The Cavaliers will try to end a six-game skid at home Tuesday night when they take on the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats, losers of 12 in a row. Cleveland (18-36) has lost 10 of 11 as injuries have taken their toll. Irving (shoulder) has missed four of the Cavaliers' last five games while Daniel Gibson (torn foot tendon) has been out since March 19 and Anthony Parker (bruised sternum) has missed the last two games. Hudson has provided Cleveland with a lift the past two contests. Averaging 12.7 points in six games since being signed to a 10-day contract last month, Hudson had 23 in a win over Toronto on Friday and a career-high 26 in a 122-117 overtime loss to New Jersey on Sunday. "He's been fantastic," coach Byron Scott said. "I'm just happy for him because he's playing so hard he's a good kid, and he gave us a chance again tonight." With Irving expected to sit out at least another two games, Cleveland signed Hudson to a second 10-day contract Monday. "It's an opportunity for me," Hudson said. "That's all I can say. I want to make the best out of it and keep going and play hard and try to help my team win." Despite the Cavaliers' struggles, they won both of their games against the lowly Bobcats in January. Antawn Jamison, who scored a season-high 34 points against the Nets, had 20 in a 102-94 victory against them on Jan. 16. While Cleveland earned the No. 1 pick last season, Charlotte (7-48) seems to have the greatest chance this year. The Bobcats lost their 12th straight, falling 113-85 to Washington on Monday. In a matchup between the NBA's worst teams, Charlotte shot 39.0 percent, allowed the Wizards to hit 11 3-pointers and trailed by as many as 32 points en route to their third loss in four games by at least 20 points. Corey Maggette scored 23 points and Kemba Walker added 16 for the Bobcats, who were without D.J. Augustin (knee), Eduardo Najera (fractured frontal bone) and Reggie Williams (knee). ''We knew it was going to be an effort game,'' Stephen Silas, who substituted again for father Paul as head coach, said. ''Throughout the game I told the guys that if we were going to win this game we were going to have to do all of the things we practiced and all of the things we work on every day. We didn't do those things and as a result we lost. It's something we have to learn from.'' Charlotte has to win three of its final 11 games to reach the 10-win plateau. The young Bobcats have been plagued by defensive breakdowns recently, giving up at least 110 points in four of their last six games.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Kevin Durant has...RUSSELL MANIA!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Wentz unlikely to see any playing time this season

Minnesota Wild names Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ official goal song

Gabby Douglas joining judges for Miss America pageant

Recruit decommits from Michigan after mail mistake

Dez Bryant reportedly suffers concussion at practice

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kobe Bryant to be honored with his own day in LA on 8/24

Colts sign Antonio Cromartie

Connor McDavid: 'I’m not some 18-year-old kid anymore'

Aguayo seeks out mental coach after missing kicks

Josh Norman unloads on Goodell: He is 'straight horrible'

Siemian named Broncos starter for third preseason game

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

Washington's Josh Norman speaks candidly about multiple NFL talking points

Derrick Rose: Knicks have chance to win every game

Ranking the MLB divisional races

Inside the Pokemon World Championships, where masters are born

NFL players under most pressure in preseason Week 3

Tre Mason's mother: RB is like '10-year-old' due to head injuries

What we learned from this year's baffling SummerSlam event

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

QUIZ: Name every player to win a championship with Kobe Bryant

Inside the Pokemon World Championships, where masters are born

What we learned from this year's baffling SummerSlam event

Football Down Under: Looking back at college football overseas

31 memories from the XXXI Olympiad

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker