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84-83, Cleveland leads. Basketball things are definitely happening
Varejao is your leading scorer with 21 points. Did almost all of it with hustle and intelligent movement off the ball.
I think Ed Malloy is one of NBA's best young refs; I also think his charge call on Duncan for ordinary layin was, um, perplexing
Timeout Cavs, leading 84-83 with 3:44 left. Their ball when play resumes.
Just iso, iso, iso for the Spurs. And this is their starting lineup, with Diaw.
Varejao just beat Duncan down the court. Straight out-hustled him.
Classic Karl Malone move there. Still not sure how else you shoot a layup.
Spurs in the bonus from here on out, 6:34 left...
We're veering into "the Spurs are shooting worse from the foul line than the Cavs are from 3" territory. Not there yet, but close.
Just when it seemed as if the Spurs found an offensive groove, it appears to have disappeared. Six points in eight trips to start 4th.
Spurs winning this game with Parker, Ginobili shooting 4 for 11, 4 points apiece.
8:48 left, Spurs lead Cleveland 77-75. Two FTs for Duncan when play resumes.
Daye drills kick-out 3. Eat it, McCarney.
Poor kid's NBA career is evaporating before our eyes.
Austin Daye iso just happened. Pop slowly shakes his head.
Spurs lead Cleveland 72-69 heading to 4Q. Boris Diaw triple-double watch is on: 17 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds so far.
Amazing how much better your offense looks when the ball goes in the basket. Spurs up 72-67 with 23 points in 14 trips.
Spurs with 18 points on their last 11 possessions, tied up with the Cavs at 65s.
Nip and tuck game. Spurs probably want to make more than half their free throws. Just saying.
Diaw and James reprising the great Wilkins-Bird duel from yesteryear.
Now neither offense can be stopped. Go figure.
OMG, Aron Baynes out on LeBron might have been worst mismatch in NBA history
Diaw playing with garlic butter in his veins tonight. Hits the runner off glass, now has 15/6/7/3/1.
Great execution there, but Parker can't hit the corner 3. Spurs now 3 for 11 to continue their woes from long range.
Basically, Bobo is doing everything.
Diaw update: 11 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 1 blown def. assignment to force Popovich timeout 19 seconds into half.
And I mean that about both sides. Fights about who needs whom less and who's more afraid of whom are dumb and boring.
O has been erratic, but Spurs playing pretty damn good D against explosive Cavs: 53 points on 42.6 pct midway through 3rd quarter.
What's amazing is that Cleveland has the No. 2 rated offense in the NBA and features a starting shooting guard who can't, you know, shoot.
It's impossible to put A&M and Texas in the same tweet and not get inundated with stupid. You're better off opining on marriage equality.
Love those moments when Pop starts venting to the bench, and they just have to sit there and nod their heads in agreement.
Pop -- "They think it's a playoff game, these people. And we're letting them get away with it."
Pop calls timeout 19 seconds into the second half to blister Diaw for gambling on steal.
Pop calls timeout 15 seconds into the third quarter, so you know that didn't go well.
Harden's shirt giving me an acid flashback.
But that stretch counts, so 44 points in 48 possessions against fairly poor Cleveland D is no bueno.
On a separate topic, asked Shipley if he might set a record for fair catches. He said, "Half the season, we didn't even have a return on."
Low point total for Spurs, but 17 ast/19 FG is sign of health. Other than stretch of 10 poss with 2 pts to start 2nd, haven't been terrible.
Texas WR Jaxon Shipley: "Anybody on this team would love a chance to play A&M."
Nice response from Spurs to finish half on 8-0 run. Still down 47-44. Holding a great offense in check but cannot for the life of them score
Spurs close first half on 8-0 run after Kyrie Irving's rampage. Cleveland leads 47-44. Boris Diaw doing it all with 11 p, 5 r, 5 a, 3 s.
Spurs are super lucky Boris Diaw showed up for this game.
Boris with another great feed, that's 11/5/5/3 in the 1st half.
What is the statue of limitations on LeBron Homecoming commercials? All-Star break?
Joseph stops the bleeding, stripping Irving and feeding Leonard for fastbreak layup. Spurs still trail 47-40.
Oof. Now three straight for Irving, including two 3s. All high difficulty. Just drilled them.
Who woke up Kyrie?
And here comes Irving with back-to-back Js, Cleveland has its largest lead at 44-36.
That's also what happens when you have 3 key rotation players out, and Bonner.
Cleveland is 25th in def. efficiency, BTW.
Spurs getting zip from their bench tonight. BAYNES with 4, Joseph with 2, and that's it. Ginobili scoreless in 12 minutes.
Bobo now with 11/5/4/3
LeBron. So smooth. So powerful. Three-point play of drive from the arc puts Cleveland up 39-34.
Sexy line for Diaw so far: 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals in 14 minutes.
The Spurs' second field goal of the quarter came on a possession in which Kawhi Leonard fell down and had to impersonate Curly Neal.
Cleveland is basically horrible at playing defense and the Spurs have one field goal in the last 4 1/2 minutes.
Tweet you never expected: Anderson Varejao is lighting up the Spurs, 10 points on 5 for 6.
8-0 run for Cleveland to start the 2nd, 11 straight stretching back to 1st.
0 for 6 start from 3 for the Spurs. Which seems to be happening a lot lately on the road.
Marco isn't a great player, but the drop-off between him and Austin Daye is fairly substantial.
I did not see a foul there.
Spurs lead 23-20 after 1Q. They're 0 for 3 from 3-point range. Cavs are 4 of 7. Big reason it's that close.
"They gon' be fine" is Mark Jackson's assessment of the Spurs offense. OK then.
He's at least my favorite Frenchman. (Sorry Tony)
That's Bobo's third assist, to BAYNES for the dunk. 4 pts, 3 rbs, 3 assists, 2 steals for everyone's favorite Frenchman.
Spurs' bigs pick apart Cavs with high-low passing. Helping to salvage what has been a poor-ish shooting start.
All the Bad Manu on that posesssion.
Duncan with 10 shots in the first 10 minutes. And somewhere Kobe Bryant nods his head approvingly.
Duncan hits 11 points, and that's after missing a coupla bunnies.
Either that, or K-Love and Kyrie can pretend to sharpen Hulk's mustache.
Halftime entertainment: Hulk Hogan attempts to bat off Corey Kluber, then they wrestle.
AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber is also in the house tonight.
Full-court outlet to James for layup = insta-timeout from Popovich.
GREAT hands by Duncan to maintain possession there, complete the layup while being fouled. Converts the three-point play, Spurs lead 7-5
Tim Duncan 7, Cavs 5.
Hulk Hogan in the house tonight. He's got the second-best mustache in the building -- behind Bill Schoening of course.
Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Diaw. Cavs: Irving, Marion, James, Love, Varejao.
Boris Diaw starting tonight with Matt Bonner ill.
ESPN talking head asks, how important is this game for the Spurs in November. Pop chucks clipboard at him from across the court.
Matt Bonner was a late addition to the Spurs' injury report. He is out with a stomach virus.
Pop, like Manu, says Spurs missing Splitter more on offense than defense. Splitter's pick-and-rolling creates spacing and people movement.
H'man: "I would not read anything into that. I still feel our discussions are...positive. We're still moving forward. Nothing has changed."
Finally spoke to Hartman about batch of cities presenting to MLS tmw. Feels pretty strongly that SA/Scorpions are still on the radar.
No Marco Belinelli tonight in Cleveland. Still out with the groin strain.
Spurs announce Marco Belinelli, Tiago Splitter, and Patty Mills are all out tonight with injuries. Matt Bonner is out too w/ stomach virus.
Belinelli scratched for tonight, as well as Bonner with a stomach bug. Splitter and Mills also out.