Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 2/20/13
OPENING TIP The Cavs return from the All-Star break with the idea of actually winning. Not that they havent been trying before, but sometimes, all a young team needs is the excitement of All-Star weekend (which four of the Cavs starters received) to get a fresh perspective on what it takes to be great. The Hornets are expected to be without starting guard Eric Gordon, who will sit out because of medical requirements surrounding his still-healing knee. Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. TVRadio: 7:30 p.m. EST, FOX Sports OhioWTAM All-Time Series: Cavs lead, 42-38. PROJECTED STARTERS NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (19-34) C Robin Lopez PF Anthony Davis SF Al-Farouq Aminu SG Austin Rivers PG Greivis Vasquez CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (16-37) C Tyler Zeller PF Tristan Thompson SF Alonzo Gee SG Dion Waiters PG Kyrie Irving Pregame notes: The Hornets are 12-12 in 2013, after a 7-23 start. Hornets forward Ryan Anderson led the NBA in 3-point field goals made (159) entering Mondays loss at Chicago. Vasquez is averaging 13.8 points, 9.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds, nearly twice his career averages in all categories entering the season. The Hornets might actually have something if they could stay healthy. Theyve had players miss 56 games because of injury or rest, and have rolled out seven different starting lineups. Sources say the Hornets are in talks with Golden State about a potential trade centered on Gordon and Warriors guard Klay Thompson. The New Orleans Times-Picayune first reported the story. Even if the Hornets dont ship Gordon to the Warriors, look for them to trade him somewhere, perhaps in the off-season. He supposedly would welcome a deal.
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