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Cavs limp to the finish line

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At least three Cavaliers players are facing offseason surgery.

Forward Samardo Samuels (torn ligament in his right wrist), guard Ramon Sessions (hernia) and center Semih Erden (shoulder) will have to go under the knife once the season ends.

The Cavs gave some thought about shutting down Samuels for the rest of the season, but he nixed the idea.

"The young man wants to play so badly," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "I don't think he can hurt it any worse."

The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder had nine points and nine rebounds in the loss at New York on Sunday. But his got hit on the wrist in the game and was in practice Monday.

Despite his perseverance, he was a late scratch Tuesday with a groin injury.

"(Cavs athletic trainer) Max (Benton) said there are torn ligaments inside (the wrist)," Samuels said. "I will probably get surgery once the season is over. It's still painful. It hurts a lot.

"If it was my left hand, I'd be all right. I do everything with my right (hand). It's pretty annoying."

Samuels said he was frustrated once he got home Sunday evening.

"I wasn't able to be as aggressive as I usually am," he said. "It forced me to be more fundamentally sound, boxing out, rebounding."

Scott said he could tell Samuels wasn't entirely right by his free-throw shooting. He made 1 of 4 free throws against the Knicks. His only made free throw banked in off the glass.

"The farther out he goes, the more difficult it is to shoot," Scott said. "He banked one in. I don't think he called bank.

"He went out there and battled. The wrist is going to be an issue the rest of the year."

Samuels is averaging 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds and is shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 61.8 percent from the foul line.

CAVS 99, BOBCATS 89: The Cavs (16-61) avoided the franchise record for fewest wins in a season established in 1970-71 and 1981-82. But it came with a price. They are now just a half-game ahead of Minnesota (17-61) for the worst record in the NBA. Ping-pong balls are on the line for the team with the worst mark. The Cavs won Tuesday because they put the defensive clamps on Bobcats power forward Boris Diaw, who was held to just three points. He embarrassed the Cavs last week in Charlotte to the tune of 26 points and 11 rebounds.

"(Head coach Byron Scott) challenged us," Cavs power forward J.J. Hickson said. "I took the challenge and didn't let Boris do what he did the last game. I had this one circled on the calendar."

Hickson ended with 16 points and a game-high 19 rebounds. The Cavs had seven players in double figures, led by guard Ramon Sessions' 18 points. In three games against the Bobcats this season, he's averaged 21.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

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