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Cavs' draft strategy already forming

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There's an extremely high probability the Cavs will select Duke guard Kyrie Irving if they have the No. 1 or possibly No. 2 picks.

He probably won't last past the second pick. If the Cavs fall down to second, third or fourth in the May 17 draft lottery, they'll have other options.

That's where Arizona forward Derrick Williams or North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes come into play. If they take either player with their own first-round pick, then they might target either Kentucky guard Brandon Knight or UConn guard Kemba Walker with the Los Angeles Clippers' selection.

If they nab Irving, they might want to go big with their second pick, perhaps Kentucky forward Terrence Jones, Turkish center Enes Kanter, Lithuanian power forward Jonas Valanciunas or Czech Republic power forward Jan Vesely.

KNICKS 123, CAVALIERS 107: For the first times since Dec. 19, 2007, the Knicks prevailed over the Cavs.

The Cavs had won 11 in a row over the Knicks, including the first three games in 2010-11.

But 22 turnovers sealed the Cavs' doom. They also allowed 76 points to the Knicks' Big Three of F Amar'e Stoudemire (28), F Carmelo Anthony (25) and G Chauncey Billups (23).

The Cavs shot 53 percent from the field. But they shot only marginally better from the foul line (58 percent). The Knicks, meanwhile, made 31 of 33 from the foul line (94 percent).

The Cavs competed on the boards, 38-36, which was a start contrast to their last game against Washington.

The Cavs (15-61), who lost all three games of their road trip, got 23 points and eight rebounds from F J.J. Hickson. G Baron Davis added 22 points, 12 in the second quarter.

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