CLEVELAND--You say you need some good news about the 76ers? Something to help get you past the facts that they're just 9-13 and have lost 7 of their last 9 games? Something to help support you as you realize they're playing the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in Quicken Loans Arena (heretofore known as ''The Q''), where they're 12-0, the only NBA team undefeated at home?
Well, we don't have any true bolts of lightning, but here's the best we can offer:
1) Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the franchise's career rebounding leader, is out, the result of a sprained left ankle suffered in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 101-93 victory over the Sixers in the Wachovia Center. Ilgauskas, averaging 14.8 points and 7.6 rebounds, was hurt when he stepped on the foot of the Sixers' Donyell Marshall.
2) The Cavs, 19-3 and holding a 10-game winning streak, were just 4-5 last season when Ilgauskas missed games. Still, the Cavs--always looking for motivation--can match the franchise's longest winning streak tonight, most recently accomplished (twice) in 1993-94.