48MoH TV Postgame: Spurs dominate Cavs

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The Spurs beat the Cavs and it wasn’t close. That’s what a 16-0 run in the first quarter will do for you.

The Spurs got a lot of good work from a lot of different sources tonight, including 20 points from Patty Mills. Ideally, none of the Spurs should be too exhausted headed into tomorrow’s game against the Boston Celtics.

  • http://twitter.com/Bibapu R.I.P. Nujabes

    So how much longer until Diaw starts?

  • http://twitter.com/Bibapu R.I.P. Nujabes

    So how much longer until Diaw starts?

  • DorieStreet

    The hot and heavy post-game discussion comes 24 hours from now.
    Even though it was the Cavaliers—I was impressed with Patty Mills’s contributions.
    Was listening to Cavaliers broadcast—they stated the Spurs have not had any player foul out this season. If they make it through the remaining  games without it happening, it will be the first time it has occurred in the league since 1951.

  • DorieStreet

    The hot and heavy post-game discussion comes 24 hours from now.
    Even though it was the Cavaliers—I was impressed with Patty Mills’s contributions.
    Was listening to Cavaliers broadcast—they stated the Spurs have not had any player foul out this season. If they make it through the remaining  games without it happening, it will be the first time it has occurred in the league since 1951.

  • aespurs

    IMO the two teams that could give the spurs trouble in the playoffs would be the mavs (just because the mavs are well coached and would come out for energy for the rivalry) and the jazz. i feel like if the jazz can sneak into the playoffs they could be the memphis of last year. memphis isnt that scary because, like said in the video they have no more arthur, but i also dont see randolph going HAM again this year. also because gay adds a whole other dynamic that i think actually takes away from the team memphis was last year. but i say the jazz because they have the size to compete with any big team in the league right now. they go 4 deep legitimately with bigs with jefferson, millsap, kanter, and favors who all bang inside and play with tons of energy. and also their wings arent half bad. hayward keeps getting better and so does miles. not to mention harris can get hot and probably hold it for an entire series. so yeah thats my pick to be trouble for the spurs or any team in the playoffs for that matter

  • Titletown99030507d

    Good question. In regards to Blair or Diaw? Well they both can rebouns and one can get you 6 attempts with a potential 12 points to go with those rebounds while the other can get you 6 assists for a potential 12-18 pointa on assists togo with his rebounds. I dont think Splitter will ever start for the fact he’s needed more to come off the bench kinda what Manu has done in recent years. It suits the team better. Actually I like Diaw with Splitter of the bench.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Sorry typing on phone sucks. Excuse the errors.

  • grego

    Well, with Splitter off the bench, this ensures 1) Manu has a big to always play with. 2) There’s an actual big guy on the court when Duncan is sitting. 

  • grego

    Jazz bigs aren’t as good as the Memphis/Lakers bigs or the Dallas big. All are weaker with key big men departures (free agency/trade/injury). Spurs actually have matched up well with Utah. And they’ll have home court. After Denver, Utah would likely be the next best 1st round matchup. They are a better matchup than the Rockets. 

  • theghostofjh

    At this point, there’s NO reason to mess with the starting five (other than possibly putting Manu back as a starter). After all, with the current starting five, the team has won eight in a row, and has the 4th best record in the league, just two games off in the loss column from the top spot.

    In addition, the bench as is has performed well all season as well. And Splitter plays well with Diaw or Bonner.

    As long as players who perform well get adequate minutes, and the team keeps winning consistently, I don’t see a reason to worry about starting line-up changes.

  • Bob

     I think it comes down to whether the Spurs want to win with offense or they need better defense. If they think offense will get it done they shouldn’t make any changes and keep playing the same way.

    However if they think their defense will have to improve in the playoffs now would be the time to make the change to the starting lineup.

  • theghostofjh

    Duncan, Leonard, and Green are excellent defenders. Parker & Blair are more helpful on the offensive end, and the boards. The chemistry is good between these five, and we’re winning. The bench also needs to have a good mixture of defense, offense, and rebounding, which they do as presently constructed.

    Defense is the most important in the closing half of the fourth quarter in fairly close to really close games. During this period of the game, I am open to a slightly different “closing” line-up than the starting line-up, depending on the match-ups, and who’s playing well, especially defensively, on a given night.

  • grego

    It’s less about starting and more who closes the game. that and in the playoffs, the bulk of the minutes. Diaw will likely see an increase at the expense of Blair and Bonner. The one advantage Bonner has is he works with Splitter and Duncan well. That said, Diaw can as well, so he still might lose a lot.

  • Bob

     Defense is important at the start of games. That’s why alot of teams start their best defenders. They’ll even start defenders with very limited offensive games sometimes. The reason is you want to establish a defensive tone for the game. NBA players are too good to get them easy looks early otherwise it becomes harder to defend them after they have a good rhythm and flow.

  • Hobson13

    Yeah, I agree.  There’s no need to mess with a good thing.  I believe this starting lineup has been the same one that produced a 10 game win streak earlier in the year and now an 8 game win streak.  In a compact 66 game season, these streaks are more impressive than in a regular 82 games season.

    However, at this point, why even move Manu into the starting lineup?  A second unit lead by Manu, Jackson, and Splitter is probably as good as the starters led by Tony, Duncan, and Leonard.  Besides, Manu is finally starting to find his stride.  If I were Pop, I would keep the lineup virtually unchanged barring some sort of injury or nasty losing streak. 

  • Jimbo

    Gotta disagree, I think OKC (speed, talent, and athleticism), 
    Memphis (all around), and LA (size),   would be the toughest opponents, in that order.  Not having Arthur would hurt Memphis, no doubt, because the Spurs don’t really have an athletic big, but I think they showed last year they are a damn good team.

  • grego

    Randolph is no where close to himself due to injury. Grizz also don’t have Battier or Sam Young any longer. Their forward depth from last year isn’t the same as it once was. 

  • LPspursFan

    agreed…I’m leaning more and more to seeing Manu come off the bench. It just makes our second unit SO explosive

  • theghostofjh

    I agree, although I don’t think Memphis is quite as strong this year, mainly because Randolph is still not yet back to himself. If he gets it going in the next few weeks, I’d have to reassess. LA is one of the tougher opponents due to the talent of their starting five, but they have issues with depth, 3-point shooting, and at present, they are not fully utilizing Sessions properly on a consistent basis. OKC has improved, but we seem to play well against them.

  • theghostofjh

    “However, at this point, why even move Manu into the starting lineup?”

    Yeah, if you noticed from my comment, I said “possibly”. I think Manu would provide a little more balance to the current starting five because he has a uniquely positive effect on Blair’s offensive game, which could conceivably take more of the load off Duncan for the necessity of inside scoring. Having said that, Green appears to be performing more consistently now with the starting unit, and so the current starting team as a whole seems to be doing pretty well as is (which also has Leonard now instead of RJ). So, I’m also fine with keeping it the way it is. Manu, of course, is extremely productive regardless of whether he plays with the 1st or 2nd team, and if we’re going to continue with a long rotation in the playoffs (which I’ve been an advocate for over the past two months), Manu can provide a stabilizing and driving force for second unit production.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Throw Blair at them he seems to do well against them every time they play them. Not worried about OKC. In regards to ZBO Blair should use his weight to power himself in position down low and just go for it. This playoffs will be different he will start and depending if he can muscle his way down low and make his shots he’ll be in for longer spurts.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Yes for some reason the Rockets seem to play well against us and they are playing decent for an 8th seed at the moment.

  • theghostofjh

    “Defense is important at the start of games. That’s why alot of teams start their best defenders.”

    Virtually all teams start their best overall team, while keeping in mind how both the 1st and 2nd units (and various rotations) play together. Sometimes this results in the team starting their best defenders at each position, but definitely not always. In the case of the Spurs, I like the way they do it now, and I’m open to them closing with the strongest overall defensive unit as the match-ups and situation dictate.

    As far as setting the “tone” of the game from the outset, the particular tone set is usually guided by what skill-set as a whole is the strongest for a given team. In the case of the Spurs at present, the balance is in the offensive favor, and thus the tone we want to set is strong, efficient, and disciplined execution on the offensive end, with some solid defense in the mix. Most teams start players that give them a particular balance of offense and defense that best represents their team as a whole.

  • theghostofjh

    Well, I hope you’re right. The quick triggers can often backfire.

  • theghostofjh

    Yeah, if they had Lowery, they’d be even more dangerous.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Is Pop being conservative with Taigo’s minutes for fear of injury again or is that’s what’s he getting from here on out. Could have gone longer than 17 minutes in my opinion being it was a blowout.

  • Titletown99030507d

    This is a championship team forming right before our eyes. Too much firepower and defenders on this team and trust for each other. We practically have two starting line ups to throw at the rest of the league. In a 7 game series with the Lakers, Mavs, OKC, Heat and Chicago we will wear them out. One starting unit going in for another starting unit is the way I see it.  GSG! Party on the River!

  • Titletown99030507d

    Like to add after Tony gets done with the opposing PG “Mils on Wheels” will make sure to finish him off.

  • Titletown99030507d

    “Mills on Wheels”

  • Len

    Arthur gave us fits as well.