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It’s time for Basketball: Spurs vs Cavaliers

After failing to secure a win against a western conference bottom feeder, the Spurs try their luck with contender from the east

Cleveland Cavaliers v San Antonio Spurs Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images

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The season has reached the halfway point, and with a 15-26 record, the Spurs are either a terrible disappointment for the win now crowd, or right on track for a high draft pick according to team tank. It looked for a while that the team was coming together to play solid basketball, but the roster decimation caused by losing much of the roster in January has led to a 1-8 streak over the last 9 games, which has dropped the Spurs into 13th in the west, just three games in front of the cellar-dwelling Rockets in the win column.

Paradoxically, even though the Spurs haven’t had that much success in the last month, they’ve been playing really competitive basketball and Dejounte had had the best stretch of his young career. It’s been entertaining to watch, but also kind of difficult to take at times when it just all falls apart when the Silver and Black throw out lineups filled out with players who aren’t working together and executing well on either end of the court.

Tonight, the Spurs should be almost whole, with Doug McDermott returning to action and Derrick White available, but they are facing one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, so it will be a tough ask to count on the Spurs to pick up a win. The Cavaliers front court of Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley are especially tough, so maybe we could see Pop playing Jakob Poeltl and Jock Landale together to counter tonight. Let’s watch and see if the Spurs can put together a 48 minute game tonight.

Game Prediction:

The Cavaliers will underestimate their competition.

Don’t fear the sword
You just have to be nimble
You have to use your gourd
There’s no reason to tremble

One final word:

Go Spurs GOOOOOO!!

San Antonio Spurs vs Cleveland
January 14, 2022 | 7:30 PM CT
Streaming: NBA League Pass
TV: Bally Sports SW

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