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The Spurs cruises to a win over the Cavaliers

 

 

San Antonio, Texas – The San Antonio Spurs entered the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers that pitted experience versus youth. The Spurs Tony Parker has more games played in his career than three of the Cavs starters combined. Parker has played in 804 games while rookies Kyrie Irving (48 games), Tristan Thompson , (56 games) and second year player Manny Harris (76 games over the last two years) have combined 180 games played for the Cavs.

The Cavs despite have been eliminated from the playoffs for several weeks put up a good fight against the Spurs. Their cause was helped by coach Popovich when he decided to sit future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan out for the game in order to give him rest.

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The Cavs trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half. The Cavs defensive effort cut the lead to down to six points late in the second quarter. The Spurs took an 8 point lead into the half 52-44. Spurs starter Danny Green received a scare when he was poked in the eye by Harris late in the quarter. Harris received a flagrant two foul call on the play. Green did return to start the second half.

The Spurs experience and depth was just too much for the young Cavs. The Spurs defeated the Cavs 114-98. The Spurs had 10 players to play over ten minutes in the game. The bench production was another major factor in the game the Spurs bench outscored the Cavs 62-27. Manu Ginobili scored 20 points off of the bench.

Antawn Jamison led the way for the Cavs with a game high 21 points in a losing effort. The Cavs played the game with heart and determination, but just could not make a run at the talented Spurs.

 

 

Cavs head coach Byron Scott on the Spurs, “They (Spurs) have an admiration of winning a championship and are one of the best teams in the league, but we competed for forty eight minutes tonight.” Scott continued, “We want to end the season continuing to play that hard, because it will give us some fuel going into next season.

Scott feels that the shorten season really affected the development of his young players. Scott said, “The thing we missed the most was summer league, getting our hands on these guys, bringing them in here a little earlier, stunted our growth.”

Popovich on Parker’s play of getting everyone involved early tonight said, “Well, he’s just done what he’s done all year long. He’s been fantastic and he started us out that way tonight.”

Both teams will have to play on Monday April 23. The Spurs will end the regular season against the Portland Trails Blazers at home at 7:30 CDT at the ATT Center. The Cavs will travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies at 7:00 CDT.

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By: Terry Davis
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
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