Cavs vs. Spurs, Game 73
at AT@T Center
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: It seems like Spurs guard Manu Ginobili tears the Cavs a new one every time the teams play. After his 30-point effort on Friday, he has averaged 34 points against the Cavs this season.
He was truly the best player on the court on Friday.
Yes, obviously, LeBron James played, but Ginobili dictated the flow of the game and just was too much to handle.
James had 27 points, five rebounds and 10 assists.
The Cavs had their eight-game winning streak snapped. They had also beaten the Spurs three in a row. The Cavs hadn't lost in San Antonio since Nov. 4, 2005.
Forward Tim Duncan (16 points, four rebounds, three blocks) didn't have a huge night. In fact, one could make a case that J.J. Hickson (20 points, eight rebounds) outplayed him.
ROTATION OUT WINDOW: When forward Anderson Varejao went down with a hamstring injury, Coach Mike Brown said it "threw a monkey wrench" into his rotation. Leon Powe and Boobie Gibson each played a few minutes, and Jamario Moon never got off the bench.
TEXAS TROUBLE: The Cavs were 0-3 in Texas this season, losing to Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
TOO MUCH LINDSAY?: It's my guess that official Mark Lindsay made 65 percent of the calls on the night. He made many questionable calls on both sides.
He was on the court with veterans Mike Callahan and Jason Phillips, but the latter two were quiet for most of the game.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Richard Jefferson (6-7, 225)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Tim Duncan (6-11, 260)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Antonio McDyess (6-9, 245)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Manu Ginobili (6-6, 205)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. George Hill (6-2, 180)
Cavs - C Shaquille O'Neal, G Sebastian Telfair, G/F Danny Green.
Spurs - G Tony Parker, G Curtis Jerrells.
Mike Callahan, Mark Lindsay, Jason Phillips