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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Spurs head to Cleveland to see Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...and play a basketball game.

Jonathan Daniel

San Antonio Spurs @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
February 13, 2013, 6:00 PM Spurs Time

So the poor Cavs are not only not very good, but their best player got hurt and then nearly lost his life. Anderson Varejao had surgery on his quadricep and then ended up in the surgery room again when they found a blood clot in his lungs. Needless to say, Varejao is lucky to be alive and we wish him well. The news gets worse for Cleveland as 2nd year stud Kyrie Irving sprained his ankle and is questionable for tonight's game. Things just aren't going well for Cleveland this year.

There is just a smidge of good news for the Cavs, the Spurs are likely still without the services of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. San Antonio might also be without Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson, both of whom are listed as questionable. Bad news for the Cavs, the Spurs are still pretty good at beating teams even without their three best players. The Spurs have won 13 of their last 14 games, most of which have been played without at least one member of the vaunted Big 3.

The Spurs will look to lean heavily on Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green once again, after a terrific performance by both players in Chicago a couple nights ago. Nando De Colo will likely see lots of playing time at the point and look to solidify himself in the backup PG role. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a different random Spur pick up his game and carry the Spurs tonight, but your guess is as good as mine as to who that might be. Now let's move on to my best guess for tonight's lineups:


PG: Gary Neal
SG: Danny Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Boris Diaw
C: Tiago Splitter

Key Bench Players
Nando De Colo
Matt Bonner
DeJuan Blair

Head Coach
Gregg Popovich


PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Dion Waiters
SF: Alonzo Gee
PF: Tristan Thompson
C: Tyler Zeller

Key Bench Players
C.J. Miles
Daniel Gibson
Marreese Speights

Head Coach

Byron Scott

Cavs perspective can be found here: Fear the Sword.

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Game Prediction: Spurs show the Cavs how to win with teamwork and cruise by 12.

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