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Pregame: Cavs at Spurs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 20, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-6) at San Antonio Spurs (10-1)
8:30 p.m., AT&T Center, FS Ohio/WTAM

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Spurs probable starters: PG Tony Parker, SG Manu Ginobili, SF Richard Jefferson, PF DeJuan Blair, C Tim Duncan
Injury report: Cavs -- none; Spurs -- SG James Anderson (right foot stress fracture) out.

* The curious case of J.J. Hickson lingers. Hickson was benched for the entire fourth quarter Friday, the second time that has happened in as many games. Hickson seemed to be playing well (eight points, eight rebounds in 19 minutes), but Antawn Jamison was playing better. And Byron Scott has made it very clear he's in the business of winning basketball games. Clearly, he believes Jamison gives him a better chance to win in the fourth quarter. Based on Jamison's production, it's hard to argue with him.

* The Cavs showed tremendous grit in fighting back from an 18-point deficit early in the fourth quarter on Friday. Now they have to learn not to put themselves in that position. The Cavs blew way too many easy looks, which impacted their transition defense since they were slow to get back. Through the first 11 games, the Cavs have typically had one total meltdown of a quarter. Against the good teams like the Hornets and Spurs, that's enough to cost them a victory -- particularly when playing on the road.

* Mo Williams looked a bit rusty in his return (five turnovers), but did his best to keep up with Chris Paul. Now he will face another stern test in Tony Parker, whose dribble penetration gave Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz fits on Friday. Williams struggles with those types of point guards, too (think Rajon Rondo).

* Speaking of Parker, he hardly looks rattled on the court by his well-publicized divorce to starlet Eva Longoria. Here is Parker's points/assists line from his last five games, dating back to Nov. 10: 24/7, 21/7, 24/3, 24/7, 21/9.

* Expect the Spurs to hold some sort of ceremony for Tim Duncan, who passed David Robinson at Utah on Friday to become the Spurs' all-time leading scorer with 20,797 points. Technically, George Gervin is still the Spurs' leading scorer with more than 23,000 points, but a couple thousand of those came in the ABA, so they don't count.

* Cavs players can say hello to old friend and former teammate Danny Green, who was picked up last week by the Spurs. No surprise there, since Danny Ferry is back in the Spurs' front office. He's the one who drafted Green in the second round last year.

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