The Cleveland Cavaliers, clinging to a record still above .500 at 19-18, won't be at full strength for tonight's matchup with the Sacramento Kings. According to Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Shawn Marion will miss another game:
Cleveland Cavaliers' forward Shawn Marion says he plans to sit out tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings to continue nursing a strained left hip flexor.
"If anything, I think maybe I'm out one more game if possible just to be on the safe side," Marion told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Practice is tomorrow. I'd like to get a practice in first."
Cleveland plays the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
The Cavs will also be missing LeBron James, and are still about two weeks away from Iman Shumpert's debut. The three represent the team's best perimeter defenders, and none will be available to coach David Blatt.
The good news is that it appears that James and Marion are inching towards a return. The bad news is that the team will have to finish 31-14 to reach 50 wins. The last calendar month of the season may see the Cavs only face teams with winning records three times. It's not impossible, but games like this against the Kings feel a bit more important.
The Cavs roster makes sense at this point in terms of fit, but it's difficult when you are missing several key defenders, two starters, and the best player in the world. If those are excuses, well, it is what it is.
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