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Sixers face a depleted team for the second straight game

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be shorthanded against the Sixers when they meet today in Cleveland as the three players the recently traded for aren't ready to go.

Sixers face a depleted team for the second straight game

It hasn't been very often over the past two season that the Sixers were involved in "just show up" games.

What that means is if the Sixers just showed up, just played their normal game, a win seemed almost certain.

Friday night they faced a Detroit Pistons team that was in the midst of staging a protest against coach John Kuester, thus limiting them to just six players as five who missed the morning's shootaround weren't going to be counted on for any minutes.

Today, the Cavaliers will be without Baron Davis, Luke Harangody and Semih Erden - all acquired on Thursday - because they haven't had a chance to practice with the team yet. Davis is also nursing a sore left knee.

Coach Doug Collins said before the game that he certainly doesn't see his team letting down in their level of play because of whatever crisis the opponent is facing. He has continually praised vets Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala for not allowing any type of complacency to come into the locker room all season.


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Bob Cooney
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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at and follow him on Twitter.

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