Cavaliers at Knicks
The New York Knicks will put the league's only perfect home record (9-0) on the line when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. The game could be a stiffer test than expected for the Knicks due to the injury status of star forward Carmelo Anthony, who is listed as doubtful for the contest after suffering a sprained left ankle in Thursday's victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony crashed to the floor when he was fouled while driving to the basket and his left foot was pinned under him briefly. He said after the game that his ankle, hip and knee hurt.
Cleveland tumbled to its seventh defeat in eight games with Friday's 90-86 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavaliers have enjoyed great success on their home floor against the Knicks, winning 10 in a row, but they have dropped three straight at Madison Square Garden. Cleveland is 1-2 since second-year point guard Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a broken finger. Irving scored 28 points in a win over the Lakers on Tuesday and paced the team with 26 in Friday's loss to the Bucks.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Ohio (Cleveland), MSG (New York)
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (5-19): Cleveland has injury concerns of its own. Rookie guard Dion Waiters, the team's second-leading scorer, sat out his seventh straight game but did receive medical clearance to return to the lineup. However, coach Byron Scott said he wants to see Waiters go through practice before he plays so he is expected to sit out Saturday. Center Anderson Varejao, the league's leading rebounder, gave the team a scare when he injured his lower left leg Friday, but X-rays were negative and he returned to the game and finished with 18 boards.
ABOUT THE KNICKS (17-5): Anthony has been serenaded with chants of "MVP" by the Madison Square Garden fans and never did he look the part more than Thursday, scoring 22 of New York's season-high 41 first-quarter points. Since sitting out two games with an injured finger, Anthony returned to score 34 and 45 points and was working on another 40-point effort versus the Lakers. His value was more evident after he exited with the injury. The Knicks completely lost their offensive flow and watched a 22-point lead shrivel to six before prevailing.
1. New York has started better than 9-0 at home twice: 11-0 in 1991-92 and 12-0 in 1989-90.
2. Cavaliers G C.J. Miles has started the last three games and is averaging 24.3 points and shooting 14 of 24 from 3-point range.
3. Knicks G J.R. Smith needs one 3-pointer to reach 1,000 for his career.