Cavs guard Parker returns after missing 12 games

Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker is in the starting lineup for

Cleveland’s game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night after

missing 12 games because of a lower back strain.

Parker, playing for the first time since Jan. 29, is averaging

six points in 18 games.

Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal missed his second straight game

with a sprained left wrist. He remained in Boston and will be

examined by doctors Wednesday.

Forward Brandon Bass, who has missed the last six games with a

sore left knee, and center Chris Wilcox, who didn’t play in the

final game before the All-Star break because of a strained right

adductor, are both available for Boston.