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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Game 12: Cavs at Spurs

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (11-1) 116, CAVS (5-7) 92
at AT&T Center
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs have had players ejected in each of the two games on this road trip.

On Saturday, center Ryan Hollins cracked Spurs center Tiago Splitter in the head in the fourth quarter and was thrown out of the game with a flagrant 2 foul.

In the New Orleans game on Friday, Hollins earned a flagrant 1 foul and forward Joey Graham got a flagrant 2.

Guard Mo Williams was the only starter in double figures with 21 points, six assists and three steals.

In fact, the starters combined for just 45 points. It's not a good thing that a team's bench is outscoring the starting lineup night after night. The Cavs' bench is ranked No. 1 in scoring in the NBA.

The bench combined for 47 points on Saturday. It’s starting to become a problem.

The Cavs are now 3-3 on the road. They've lost both games on this road trip. The Cavs will return home, take Sunday off and get back to work on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

The Cavs have their entire team intact for the Spurs, but it didn't prevent them from losing by 24 points.

Cavs coach Byron Scott has been starting J.J. Hickson, but closing with veteran Antawn Jamison during crunch time. Hickson hasn't played in the fourth quarter of the last three fourth quarters.

POOR EVA - Remember when the Spurs only made news on the court? Boy, have times changed.

Welcome to the world of Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight and the National Enquirer.

The Spurs finally found a way to steal the spotlight, at least for a few days, from the Miami Heat when guard Tony Parker and wife Eva Longoria split up.

Parker, who faced the Cavs in the AT&T Center on Saturday, was supposedly “sexting” with the estranged wife of a former teammate.

“It’s a difficult time right now, for me and Eva,” he said. “You got our statement. Anything else is our private life.”

Is there such a thing as a private life any more?

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of those “us-against-the-world” type of guy. This is the kind of thing he detests, where an individual rises above the team.

“This is a difficult situation for everyone, obviously, but Eva and Tony are two people that we love and care about,” he said. “We wish them both the best as they move through this.”

SF Jamario Moon (6-8, 200) vs. Richard Jefferson (6-7, 225)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Tim Duncan (6-11, 260)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. DeJuan Blair (6-7, 270)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Manu Ginobili (6-6, 205)
PG Mo Williams (6-2, 190) vs. Tony Parker (6-2, 180)
Cavs - F/C Samardo Samuels, G Christian Eyenga, G Manny Harris.
Spurs - G James Anderson.
Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Scott Wall


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