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The Cavaliers hope to get a little healthier Saturday when they host the Charlotte Hornets. The only question now is what to do with DeAndre Liggins?The Cavs are hopeful J.R. Smith can return to the starting lineup after missing the last two games with a hyperextended left knee. Liggins started in his place and played exceptionally well defensively, which just so happens to be one area of need on a Cavs team that easily loses focus on the defensive end.Coach Tyronn Lue indicated after Fridays lopsided win against the Miami Heat that Liggins has done enough to remain in the rotation. Where exactly he fits, however, remains a mystery.If J.R. doesnt get hurt, we dont know where Liggs would be right now, Lue said. Everything happens for a reason. We see what Liggs can bring to this team defensively. Defensively the last three games weve been great. I like what Ive seen as far as being in the right position, being in the right spots, helping our teammates out, shrinking the floor, and then getting back out with the multiple effort. Weve been great at doing that these last three games.The Cavs have been searching for a backup point guard all season, and while Liggins isnt a prototypical point guard, Lue is hopeful he can replicate the role Matthew Dellavedova held for the Cavs last season as a tenacious defender and knockdown 3-point shooter off catch-and-shoots. Liggins made 7-of-19 3-pointers during his one season in Oklahoma City and hes 3-of-3 from the 3-point line in Cleveland.Setting the tone defensively and thats what I did for the past three games, Liggins said. Im going to continue to try to build off that.Like the Cavs, the Hornets have won their last three games to move five games over .500 for the first time since starting the season 6-1. Nic Batum has shined during the streak, averaging 14.7 points, 13 rebounds and 5.6 assists after signing a five-year, $120 million deal with the Hornets over the summer. The Hornets smashed the Orlando Magic on Friday, 109-88, allowing the starters to rest the fourth quarter before beginning this five-game road swing against the defending champions.Its good momentum, obviously, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. I think any time you go on an extended trip like this, its good to win the last home game. You want to build as much of a cushion as you can.These last two games I feel like we played better. I thought we had good readiness, good energy, and weve started to shoot the ball well again, which obviously is critical for our team.Channing Frye remains away from the Cavs to attend his fathers funeral and will not play against the Hornets. LeBron James played 37 minutes in Fridays win against the Heat, but is still expected to play on the Cavs unique home-and-home, back-to-back. 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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coach Dan Quinn expects All-Pro receiver Julio Jones to be full strength when the Atlanta Falcons install their game plan for Sundays opener against Tampa Bay.Jones sprained his ankle in the third preseason game at Miami, but Quinn believes he will fully participate on Wednesday.The Falcons are mostly healthy even though free safety Keanu Neal is sidelined at least another two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.Kemal Ishmael, who will replace Neal, is expected to fully participate Wednesday after hurting his shoulder. Defensive ends Adrian Clayborn (shoulder) and Dwight Freeney (back) should be fine, too.`Weve got a good, healthy roster, Quinn said Monday. They had a few days to be off and treat (injuries), so honestly were so thrilled to get rolling.Receiver Taylor Gabriel, claimed off waivers Sunday from Cleveland, will compete for the No. 4 receivers job and play several roles on special teams. The Falcons needed his versatility after rookie Devin Fuller, a seventh-rouund draft pick, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury a couple of weeks ago.ddddddddddddhris Chester will start at right guard after beating out rookie Wes Schweitzer, a sixth-round draft pick. Vic Beasley, Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon will start at linebacker, but rookies Deion Jones, a second-round pick, and DeVondre Campbell, a fourth-round pick, will play significant roles.Well have certain packages that each of them do, Quinn said. Its a very deep group. Some will be a bigger factor on first and second downs, some will have a bigger role on third down. All of them will have a big role on special teams.With Jalen Collins suspended four games for violating league rules on performance-enhancing substances, former receiver C.J. 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