Cavs look to snap two-game skid vs. playoff-hungry Jazz.
By SAM AMICOFS Ohio
Cavs have lost two straight after winning four of five immediately after the All-Star break. Read: They need a victory for the sake of team and fan spirit. Meanwhile, the Jazz have won just four of their previous 10 and are tied with Houston for the final playoff spot. The reasons they need a win are pretty obvious.
• Dion Waiters (virus) and Daniel Gibson (ditto) are out for the Cavs. Zeller returns after missing Monday’s loss to New York with the same virus. That will move Mareese Speights back to a reserve role.
• Al Jefferson (sprained ankle) is doubtful for the Jazz. Former Cavs guard Mo Williams, however, may return after missing 31 games following right thumb surgery.
• The Jazz have been outstanding from the perimeter – something the Cavs really struggle to defend.
• That said, Foye (0-for-6), Watson (0-for-4) and reserve guard Gordon Hayward (3-for-16) will be looking to redeem themselves following a 109-108 overtime loss at Milwaukee the other night. Second-year man Alec Burks (7-for-10) is the only Jazz guard who had some success.
• Marvin Williams (0-for-5) was the third Jazz starter shut out in that game.
• Utah is also an outstanding rebounding team. Despite the loss, they outrebounded the Bucks 59-42 to keep things close. That included a 23-12 edge in offensive rebounds.