GameDay Preview: Cavs at Spurs
The Wine and Gold travel to the Alamo City tonight to take on the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Cleveland (4-9) will look to bounce back after falling 104-100 in a hard fought battle against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Big Easy. In the loss, five Cavaliers scored in double-figures led by Kyrie Irving's 22 points.
San Antonio (11-1) enters tonight's contest riding a nine-game winning streak after defeating the Grizzlies 102-86 in Memphis last night. Spurs point guard Tony Parker saved his best for last, scoring 11 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter as San Antonio withstood a furious rally by Memphis.
Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic
Injuries: (Cavs) - CJ Miles, (Strained Right Calf, Out)
(Spurs) - None to Report
*Subject to change
The Cavaliers trail the all-time series against the Spurs, 29-54, posting a 23-19 mark in games played at home and a 6-35 record in games played in San Antonio.
In the two teams' last meeting this past March, the Wine and Gold led by seven points in the first half and had a one-point lead as late as five minutes to go despite eventually falling, 119-113.
Key to the Game/Key Matchup
Key to the Game
Energy and Intensity
The Wine and Gold displayed energy and intensity at both ends of the floor last night in New Orleans.
Offensively, they were more crisp and did a solid job of moving the basketball. As a result, five Cavaliers scored in double-figures and collectively shot 41-77 (.532) from the field.
At the defensive end, they contested shots at the rim and forced the Pelicans to take some tough jump shots while holding New Orleans to just 36-88 (.409) shooting.
The Cavaliers must bring that same enthusiasm tonight against the red hot San Antonio Spurs.
Whenever you are playing the second game of a back-to-back, the bench becomes a major factor.
The Wine and Gold reserves have been extremely productive through the first 13 games and last night was no different as the Cavs bench outscored the Pelicans backups 54-38.
On the season, the Cavs bench is averaging 34.6 points and has outscored the opponent’s bench in 11 of 13 games.
San Antonio has depth and their second unit is led by former Sixth Man of the Year, Manu Ginobili. Ginobili is averaging 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
Where to Catch the Action
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio, XM 192, Sirius 213
Be sure to check cavs.com for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.
After tonight's game, the Wine and Gold head back to The Q to take on the Miami Heat on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:30 p.m. ET.