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Game #12 Preview: Cavs @ Spurs - Who's missing Tiago?

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So, the Spurs win again. That's nine in a row for those of you who are counting. One of the most interesting things is that Splitter didn't play again. It was a coaches decision. I haven't heard anything, granted I haven't done much checking, but it makes one wonder. In other news the Spurs are 10-1 for the first time ever! The Spurs are now coming off a very nice road win just in time to play a SEGABABA against the Kingless Cavaliers. Cleveland is also coming into this game as a SEGABABA and they are now below .500 after getting punked by the Hornets last night. Cleveland is now a team full of role players who managed to shoot a blistering 35% last night. Let's see if the Spurs can play some solid defense against these Cavs. Who knows, maybe there will even be a Splitter sighting.

Ever since LeBron left, the Cavs remind me of this song:

I can not help but laugh when I hear this song and think of poor Cleveland.

So for indaincharlie's sake I'll keep this short and sweet. Well at least short. I for one am wondering what is going on with Splitter. Is he nicked up? Did he mouth off to Pop? An interesting fact, the entire Spurs bench was minus in the +/- against Utah. That means the starters played really well, but this team is going to need to bench to play better than that throughout the season. They should be able to dominate this Cavs team.

Timmeh has had two really solid games in a row. With him playing back at the level we are used to seeing makes me not really miss Splitter that much. All the starters scored in double digits against Utah. I'm hoping the bench can contribute a little more tonight and give the starters some much needed rest in the SEGABABA. On to the preview.



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San Antonio Spurs vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Where: AT&T Center

When: November 20, 2010, 7:30 p.m. Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: CW35 HD


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By the Numbers

Data source: basketball-reference.com

Category Stat Rank
Offensive Efficiency 111.5 3rd
Defensive Efficiency 103.4 7th
Defensive Rebound Rate
76% 6th
Offensive Rebound Rate 28% 12th
Field Goal Percentage 46% 15th
3-Point FG Percentage 41% 3rd
Free Throw Percentage
76% 15th
Turnover Percentage
14% 12th
Category Stat Rank
Offensive Efficiency 104.3 22nd
Defensive Efficiency 107.3 17th
Defensive Rebound Rate
74% 14th
Offensive Rebound Rate 22% 30th
Field Goal Percentage 46% 12th
3-Point FG Percentage 38% 9th
Free Throw Percentage
77% 13th
Turnover Percentage 13% 5th
Record Wins Losses
Overall 10 1
Conference 6 1
Division 1 1
Home 5 1
Away 5 0
Position Conference Division
Record 2nd 2nd
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Manu Ginobili
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: DeJuan Blair
C: Tim Duncan

Key Bench Players
George Hill
Tiago Splitter
Antonio McDyess

Record Wins Losses
Overall 5 6
Conference 5 4
Division 0 1
Home 2 4
Away 3 2
Position Conference Division
Record 7th 3rd
Lineups

Starters
PG: Mo Williams
SG: Anthony Parker
SF: Jamario Moon
PF: J.J. Hickson
C: Anderson Varejao

Key Bench Players
Daniel Gibson
Antawn Jamison
Ramon Sessions

Matchup Analysis

Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Small Forward

Power Forward
Center
Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Parker is playing really well. Williams is a nice shooter, but he is far from the complete player that Parker is. Parker by a wide margin here.

SG: Manu has been clutch for the Spurs. Coming up with a couple nice buckets and a steal late in the Utah game. Anthony Parker is a nice player, but he's not even in Manu's league. What's that? They play in the same league? What are these useless facts?!

SF: RJ is just playing solid. His stats haven't been amazing lately, but he's getting clutch rebounds (see the Utah and Bulls games) and just playing smarter. Jamario Moon can jump, but again he's just a role player, of course so is Rage, but he's Rage and that just makes him better.

PF: J.J. Hickson is having a very nice season. He leads the Cavs in scoring at 15 ppg. Blair is getting better, but he still has a way to go. Maybe Pop is just giving him all of Splitters minutes so he will continue to improve. Right now, the edge goes to Hickson.

C: After a few rough games Timmeh is back on track. In the Utah game and the Bulls game he has taken advantage of the oposition. Anderson Varejao is still annoying, but Duncan and Co., have to make sure they get a body on him or he will cause problems on the boards.

Bench

Splitter? Didn't we sign a guy named Splitter? Two straight DNP's because of a coaches decision makes no sense to me. You know what? I trust Pop. I'll trust that whatever he's doing, he knows it. Jamison and Gibson are the Cavs two big bench guys. Jamison can go off at any time. I'd like to see Hill, Neal, SAM and hopefully Splitter come out and take some pressure off the starters.

Coaching

Yeah, did I mention that the Spurs are 10-1 and their best off season acquisition hasn't played in two games? I guess Pop might have an idea about what's going on. Byron Scott, not bad, but Pop owns him.

Intangibles

Somebody woke up Tim Duncan or maybe he just got over his cold. Either way, he's playing very well and the Spurs are just getting better

Mojo

Spurs are off to their best start ever. Cavs, not so much.

Prediction

This could be a trap game. I think the Spurs are just playing to well for it to matter. Spurs win.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Spurs Nation

Project Spurs

OPPONENT

Fear The Sword (SB Nation)

Following Along

TV

CW 35 in SA

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

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