Chicago at Cleveland

Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
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Kyrie Irving's absence caused enough headaches for the Cleveland Cavaliers well before having to contend with a hobbled Dion Waiters.

Beating the Chicago Bulls has been a challenging chore no matter who is in the lineup.

Waiters may miss a second straight game as Cleveland looks to avoid a 10th consecutive loss to visiting Chicago on Wednesday night.

Cleveland (4-14) is 2-6 since Irving broke his left index finger, and he's expected to miss at least another two weeks. Waiters, averaging 15.2 points per game, then sprained his ankle in the second overtime of Saturday's 118-117 loss to Portland, keeping him out of Monday's 89-79 defeat at Detroit.

Coach Byron Scott isn't sure if the rookie and fourth overall pick will be able to go Wednesday.

"He didn't practice (Tuesday), so he's 50-50," Scott said. "It's going to be a game-time decision."

Even with both Irving and Waiters in the lineup Nov. 2, the Bulls blew out the Cavaliers 115-86 for their fifth straight victory in Cleveland.

"Well, it's terrifying to think about playing the Bulls without Kyrie and (Waiters), but everyone laces them up the same way," Scott said. "You've got to come out there and compete no matter who's on the floor. That's the bottom line."

Scott suggested he may go with a different starting lineup after the Cavs were down 30-17 at the end of the first quarter Monday.

"We got back into the game, but we never got anything going on offense," Scott said. "Just looking at that aspect of it, I would have to say I'm 75 percent sure it won't be the same (starting) lineup."

Anderson Varejao continued doing his part, though, finishing with 17 points and 18 rebounds against Detroit for his ninth consecutive double-double. He's recorded at least 15 rebounds in each game while averaging 16.0 points and 17.7 boards in that stretch.

Varejao, trying to become the first player grab 15 or more rebounds in 10 consecutive games since Kevin Love did so from Nov. 22-Dec. 11, 2010, leads the NBA with 15.4 per contest. He was limited to five, though, in last month's loss to Chicago.

That marked the ninth consecutive win in the series for the Bulls, who shot a season-best 63.8 percent in that contest.

Chicago (8-8) wasn't nearly as good Tuesday, shooting 38.4 percent while setting a season low for points in an 80-76 loss to Indiana. Nate Robinson scored a team-high 19 points off the bench but finished 5 of 13 from the field and committed four turnovers, including three in the fourth quarter.

"Something we have to do is take care of the ball down the stretch," Robinson said. "For this loss, I definitely take the blame. Down the stretch I have to be smarter with the ball and make the right plays and execute."

Luol Deng shot 5 of 15 and scored 17 points while Carlos Boozer added 14 and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who will be without Richard Hamilton indefinitely after he suffered a torn plantar fascia in his left foot during Saturday's 93-88 win over Philadelphia.

Boozer, who spent his first two NBA seasons with the Cavs, is averaging 18.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in his last four visits to Cleveland. He scored a game-high 19 points last month.

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Chicago -3.5 Cleveland 3.5
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chicago2nd Central 4834.58588-2Lost 1
Cleveland3rd Central 3349.402235-5Won 1
Injuries
Chicago
PlayerInjury
D RoseKnee
Cleveland
PlayerInjury
B HaywoodFoot
 
Key Players
Luol<br>Deng
Luol
Deng
, SF
40.7 Min. Per Game 35.2 Kyrie<br>Irving
Kyrie
Irving
, PG
18.0 Pts. Per Game 22.9
2.8 Ast. Per Game 5.6
7.4 Reb. Per Game 3.7
45.4 Field Goal % 46.3
30.6 Three Point % 39.1
82.1 Free Throw % 82.5
 
Team Rankings
TeamRankPoints
Chicago Bulls1276.46
Cleveland Cavaliers2268.11
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
 
Other Games
Port 92 Final
Ind 99
NY 100 Final
Char 98
Min 94 Final
Bos 104
GS 104 Final
Det 97
Den 104 Final
Atl 108
LAL 103 Final
NO 87
Mil 99 Final
SA 110
Orl 81 Final
Utah 87
Tor 100 Final
Sac 107
Dal 90 Final
LAC 112