CLEVELAND – Cavaliers starting forward Anthony Parker is not playing because of "a back issue."
Parker, the only Cleveland player to start in all 34 games, will not play in Wednesday's game against Toronto. Coach Byron Scott said Parker's back has been bothering him for a few days and that if stiffened up after the morning shootaround.
Parker is averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have dropped seven straight and 17 of 18.
Alonzo Gee, recently signed as a free agent, is starting in Parker's spot. This will be Gee's first start with Cleveland and his sixth of the season after making five starts for Washington.