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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Game 62: Spurs at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED?: I'm sure by now, you've realized the Cavs probably won't be playing in the postseason. There's just not enough time to make up four games. They have just 20 games left on the schedule, and the month of March is brutal.

Some will be happy that they're not going to the playoffs. They'll be able to get a nice lottery pick. They should have already started scouting for small forwards.

The Spurs are a fun team to watch. They execute as well as any team in the NBA. The fact they had 39 assists on 43 field goals is an amazing stat.

Cavs guard Dion Waiters was funny after the game. He was amazed that all five Spurs players sometimes touch the ball - sometimes twice - on the same possession. There can be 3 seconds left on the shot clock and they still swing and ball to find a better shot.

They'll go deep into the playoffs once again. The Cavs will be at home watching, once again. They haven't even sniffed the playoffs since LeBron James left in 2010.

Oh, well. Maybe next year.

The Cavs have lost nine in a row to the Spurs, including their last four at The Q.

A stat I used in my game story: The Spurs have beaten the Cavs by a total of 51 points in their two meetings this season.

They just don't match up well, largely because of the Spurs' flawless execution. The Spurs are a lot like Chicago in that aspect, only they have more talent.

San Antonio welcomed back point guard Tony Parker for the Dallas game on Sunday. He had been sidelined with general soreness, similar to what Cavs center Anderson Varejao has experienced. He didn't do much in Tuesday's game (7 points, 5 assists). However, his backup, Patty Mills, was outstanding with 16 points.

Power forward Tim Duncan has lost a step, but he's still better than three-quarters of the "4s" in the NBA. His numbers have dropped to 15.6 points and 10.1 rebounds. He didn't do much on Tuesday, either, with seven points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Cleveland's two starting forwards, Tristan Thompson (5 points, 10 rebounds) and Luol Deng (9 points) were dreadful. They combined to shoot 5 of 18 from the field. Deng had four of the Cavs' 16 turnovers.

Varejao (sore back) and swingman C.J. Miles (sprained left ankle) remain out of the lineup. Varejao could return for the Charlotte game on Friday. But return to what? They've missed so much time, there's not much to come back to.

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Charlotte at 7 p.m. Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

SF Luol Deng (6-9, 220) vs. Kawhi Leonard (6-7, 225)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Tim Duncan (6-11, 250)
C Spencer Hawes (7-1, 245) vs. Tiago Splitter (6-11, 240)
SG Jarrett Jack (6-3, 200) vs. Danny Green (6-6, 210)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Tony Parker (6-2, 185)
Cavs - C Anderson Varejao, G Carrick Felix
Spurs - F Austin Daye
Monty McCutchen, Steve Anderson, Pat Fraher


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