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Gameblog: Cavs vs. San Antonio Spurs

By George Thomas Published: March 8, 2010


Game: Cavs vs.  San Antonio Spurs
Broadcast: 
TV: FSOhio Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters:
Cavs:  Jawad Williams (F); Antawn Jamison (F); J.J. Hickson (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G).
Spurs:  Manu Ginobili (G); Tim Duncan (F); Antonio McDyess (C); Keith Bogans (G);  George Hill (G).  The Spurs lineup is icomplete primarily because Greg Popovich has to face a decision about what to do in light of a missing Tony Parker.
Injured:
Cavs:  Shaquille O'Neal (right thumb); Sebastian Telfair (groin).
Spurs:  Tony Parker (broken hand).
Officials: Joe Crawford, Olandis Poole, Zach Zarba.
The Cavaliers will likely be missing the services of LeBron James again against the Spurs.  Coach Mike Brown views it as the perfect time to get him some rest considering the number of minutes he's played in recent weeks.  James was walking reasonably well Monday, but against the Bucks in the video above, a limp is definitely there. On the other hand, there were some good things seen in Milwaukee once the Cavs got their act together, primarily on defense.
If they are indeed without James, the game playing without him should help them on the offensive side of the court. But they have to get another starter to step up.  Antawn Jamison impressed with his performance against the Bucks, but the rest of the starting lineup was M.I.A.  They were probably out of sync because of the amount of time James handles the ball.
But the reality is that when James is out, Mo Williams has to show up.  In three of his last four games, Williams has scored under 10 points.  he may be still be rusty and those back-to-back games where he averaged 20.5 points couldn't have hurt, but he hasn't been nearly as effective since.
Don't be surprised if Delonte West, who had 27 points against the Bucks, comes off the bench looking to score.  He played aggressively on the offensive side of the floor Saturday.

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