GameDay Preview: Cavs at Spurs

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Game Summary

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

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Matthew Dellavedova, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Andrew Bynum

Spurs: PG - Tony Parker, SG - Danny Green, SF - Kawhi Leonard
PF - Tim Duncan, C - Tiago Splitter

Injuries: (Cavs) - CJ Miles, (Strained Right Calf, Out)

(Spurs) - None to Report

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

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.

Key Matchup

Bench Battle

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

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

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.

On Deck

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.