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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers

The Spurs head to Cleveland, looking to complete the regular season sweep of LeBron and his Cavaliers.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
January 30, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Spurs Time

We Spurs fans are spoiled. This team has exhibited a consistent greatness over the past two decades that has gone unparalleled by any other sports franchise in recent memory. No statistic better illustrates this type of consistency than this:

Some basic math shows just how crazy this stat is. 221 coaching changes over 20 years is just over 11 coaching changes per season. Over the same time Pop has coached the Spurs, the rest of the league has run through an average of 7.6 coaches.

Cavalier coaches are no exception to this statistic, with 5 head coaches in the last 6 years alone This is, of course, including the most recent and bizarrely timed firing of Blatt and promotion of Lue.

Lue and his team were booed his first day on the job during an uninspired loss to the Bulls at home. They've picked up a trio of wins since, albeit against sub-par competition. Tonight marks Lue's first game against a title contender.

Under new rule, the Cavaliers have picked up their pace, while sacrificing some defense. The Spurs must take advantage of Cleveland's poor defense to counter their fast, penetrating offense. With how San Antonio responded to their drubbing by the dubs, I'd expect nothing less than another exceptional team performance, stemming from team leader/silent assassin, Kawhi Leonard.

Matchup to watch: Leonard vs. James. Kawhi played LeBron to a stalemate in their first game this season, which helped the Spurs pull away late. In recent games against the Spurs, LeBron has typically started hot and then faded in the second half due to fatigue and Leonard's defense. I'm excited to see whether or not LeBron conserves his energy to start off the game.

Lineup to watch: Once again, Tim Duncan will be out of the lineup, and when it comes to who will start in his place, your guess is as good as mine. It could be David West, as it was against Golden State, or Kyle Anderson, like Friday's game against the Houston Rockets. To matchup with Cleveland's Thompson, let's say West -- but only Pop knows for now.


San Antonio Spurs

(Record: 39-7)

Cleveland Cavaliers

(Record: 33-12)

January 30, 2016

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

7:30 PM CDT



Tony Parker


Kyrie Irving

Danny Green


J.R. Smith

Kawhi Leonard


LeBron James

LaMarcus Aldridge


Kevin Love

David West


Tristan Thompson

Game prediction: Spurs by 3.

For the Cavalier's perspective, visit Fear the Sword.

As always Tony must dominate Fisher.