Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/21/12
OPENING TIP This isnt getting any easier to type, but the Cavaliers just keep losing. Theyve now dropped five straight following Wednesdays loss in Boston -- and 10 of their last 11. Worse, Anderson Varejao is expected to miss Fridays home game against Indiana with a sore knee. Meanwhile, the gritty Pacers are finding a way to stay relevant without injured forward Danny Granger. Theyre currently tied for the fifth-best record in the conference (with Milwaukee) and just one game out of fouth. Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland TVRadio: 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports OhioWTAM All-Time Series: Pacers lead, 84-82 and have won three straight. STARTING LINEUPS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (5-22) C Tyler Zeller PF Tristan Thompson SF Alonzo Gee SG Dion Waiters PG Kyrie Irving INDIANA PACERS (14-12) C Roy Hibbert PF David West SF Paul George SG Lance Stephenson PG George Hill Pregame notes: Byron Scott said at shootaround that Varejao is officially a game-time decision, but hinted that hes unlikely to play Friday, or Saturday at Milwaukee. The Cavs and Pacers met Dec. 12 in Indiana. The Cavs had a 16-point lead. Then lost, 96-81. The Pacers lead the league in rebounding (46.1 rpg). So for the Cavs to not have Varejao, the leagues leading rebounder well, you get the picture. Indianas bench scored 36 points Tuesday against Milwaukee, then 39 the next night vs. Utah. So its understandable when Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough says the second unit has turned the corner.
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