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W2W4: Celtics vs. Cavs (Game 80 of 82)

4/12/2014

The Boston Celtics (24-55, 8-31 away) visit the Cleveland Cavaliers (32-48, 18-21 home) on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena (7:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:

  • WHO'S IN? WHO'S OUT? The Celtics enter with a lot of question marks about player availability. Rajon Rondo was a late scratch on Friday due to a left shin bruise; Kris Humphries said he'll be a game-time decision after easing himself back in after missing time due to right knee tendinitis; Jerryd Bayless stayed behind in Boston to undergo an MRI on a hyperextended knee, but could meet the team if he checks out OK; and Jared Sullinger suffered a mild ankle sprain, but returned on Friday and said he'd be good to go on Saturday. Brad Stevens might have to mix and match on the second night of a back-to-back.

  • ONE STREAK DOWN, ANOTHER TO GO? The Celtics snapped a nine-game losing streak with Friday's win over the Charlotte Bobcats, but they'll be looking to avoid setting a franchise record with their 14th straight road loss on Saturday in Cleveland. The Celtics haven't won on the road in two months, since a triumph in Milwaukee over the basement-dwelling Bucks on Feb. 10. As STATS LLC notes, Boston's 31 road losses this season are the team's most since finishing 9-32 on the road during the 1999-2000 campaign.

  • LOOSE BALLS: This is the third and final meeting of the season for the two teams. The Celtics are 2-0 against the Cavs, winning twice at TD Garden before the new calendar year. ... The Cavs, eliminated from playoff contention, don't have much motivation. They lost in Milwaukee on Friday night while giving up 119 points. ... That hasn't stopped Vegas from making the Cavaliers a 7 ½ -point favorite given Boston's road woes. ... The Celtics are currently tied with Utah for the fourth-worst record in basketball, but the Lakers loom a game away in a crowded lottery field.

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