Somehow though, the Cavaliers have the same record as the Lakers through 48 games, 16-32.
Blake suffered a punctured ear drum on Tuesday but was able to finish the game.
Kyrie Irving drives the Cavaliers' offense, averaging 21.7 points and 6.2 assists per game.
Voted in as an all-star starter in the Eastern Conference, Irving is an extremely difficult cover.
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, he hasn't been able to carry the team to many wins.
The Lakers may start Blake or Farmar at the point, or perhaps Kendall Marshall with Blake at the two.
Nash is expected to have the night off with the Lakers playing on consecutive days.
None of the available Lakers point guards are going to match Irving's scoring output. The best they can hope for is high assist numbers while giving an effort defensively (not a Lakers strength this season).
Luol Deng has played 13 games for the Cavaliers, averaging 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 44.4% from the field.
With a team-high 27 points, Deng helped Cleveland get 120-118 win over the Lakers on a Jan. 14.
The Lakers have relied on Nick Young for scoring (17.1 points a game) but the team is going to need offense from other players -- especially with Nash, Meeks, Gasol and the rest sitting out.
The Lakers on the floor will do their best to win. Coach Mike D'Antoni wants his team to win.
A loss for the Lakers would be a solid step toward a higher pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
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