With the All-Star break just a game away, the Cavaliers (16-36) will be itching to get this game over with so they can forget about the beginning of this sluggish season, and move on. The only thing standing in their way right now are the San Antonio Spurs (41-12).
Opponents Blog: AirAlamo
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
Tipoff: Wednesday 7p.m.
Betting Line: Cavaliers at +7
Where you can watch: Fox Sports Ohio
Where you can listen: WTAM (1100)
San Antonio’s big three – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – are all listed as doubtful for tonight’s game, but reports are now that all three will suit up for the game.
Despite the absence of these three, the Spurs were able to rally behind Kawhi Leonard and former Cavalier Danny Green to beat the Chicago Bulls 103-89 on Tuesday night. The Spurs have won 12 of their last 13 games.
The Cavaliers are coming off of a pretty pathetic performance Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cavs allowed the T’Wolves to shoot 75 percent in the fourth quarter and let Luke Ridnour roam free and get any shot off he wanted.
When asked about the defensive effort his team put fourth, head coach
Byron Scott replied, “It was terrible in the second half…I wouldn’t even call it defense.”
No doubt the Cavs are looking forward to the All-Star break, but with one game remaining, the Cavs can begin the second half of the season on a high note, or a low note. Despite missing their top three players, beating a team like the Spurs can send good spirits throughout the franchise.
Tonight, look at the individual matchups between players. The Spurs are a tough team, and won’t let anything come easy. That’s a credit to their head coach Greg Popovich. Leonard, Green, Tiago Splitter, DeJaun Blair and Stephen Jackson all play with a certain toughness, which has made the team’s identity. The Cavs are still without an identity because of their inconsistent play. So watch the matchups between Dion Waiter and Green and Tyler Zeller and Splitter and see how the Cavaliers compete. The Cavs may be a team full of tough guys, but as of now, they just aren’t a tough team.