Sorry for the lack of blogging/Twitter updates tonight. I had zero wireless access in the arena, which made for a complicating night. More on that in the latest installment of Road Diaries, coming tomorrow sometime when my blood pressure drops below 250.
On to the game...
What jumped out to me tonight was the Cavs' offensive breakdowns again in the second half, when they totaled just 35 points. But Byron Scott was more irritated with the defense after the game.
The Cavs allowed 64 points to the Spurs in the first half. So at halftime, Scott gave the players their choice of how to defend the pick-and-roll. The Spurs were still left with plenty of open looks.
The Cavs have now allowed at least 30 points in a quarter in seven games this season. Not surprisingly, they're 2-5 in those games. Scott keeps insistint the Cavs will be a defensive-minded team first and offense will come second. But they've struggled rotating defensively, they've struggled defending the pick-and-roll and they're allowing huge quarters way too often.
The fact they lost both of these games against the top two teams in the league isn't much of a surprise. Now they should have a slim advantage at Indiana on Tuesday, since the Pacers will have a late night after a tough road game at Miami on Monday. But the Cavs will have to play better defensively if they are going to stick around .500 this season.
Mo Williams 21 points, six assists
Daniel Gibson 17 points, 3 for 4 on 3-pointers
Antawn Jamison 12 points
Tony Parker 19 points, nine assists
Manu Ginobili 13 points, six assists
Tiago Splitter 18 points
Matt Bonner, 12 points, 4 of 7 on 3-pointers
A 12-0 run by the Spurs in the fourth quarter, capped by Tony Parker's pullup jumper with 7:15 left, removed all doubt. But the Spurs took the lead for good during the first minute of the second quarter and weren't really threatened the rest of the night.
The Spurs scored 36 points in the second quarter, the ninth time in 12 games the Cavs have allowed at least 30 points in a quarter. It was the third time an opponent scored at least 36 points in a quarter.
He said it
"We've got a long way to go." -- Byron Scott, after the Cavs lost to the two best teams in the league on consecutive nights
* Ryan Hollins was whistled for a flagrant-2 foul for clubbing Tiago Splitter in the head in the fourth quarter. It is the Cavs' third flagrant foul in two nights and it's Hollins' second flagrant in as many nights. He had a flagrant-1 against the Hornets on Friday when Joey Graham was ejected for a flagrant-2. Byron Scott doesn't seem overly concerned with them, though. He said during his playing days, those were just fouls.
* Former Cav Danny Green played nine minutes against his former team, his most extensive action since joining the Spurs earlier in the week. The Spurs don't want Green to worry about dribble penetration, they just want him to be a spot-up shooter. He made a couple of 3-pointers and finished with six points.
* The Cavs shot 11 of 18 from the free-throw line, while the Spurs were 18 of 22.