NBA Sundays: San Antonio Spurs @ Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 11: Rodney Hood #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball during the game against the Boston Celtics on February 11, 2018 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

This week’s BT Sport Sunday night game features the San Antonio Spurs visiting the new look Cleveland Cavaliers

Season so far:

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are currently the 3rd seed in the Western Conference despite not having Kawhi Leonard for all but 9 games this season. Gregg Popovich has said he doesnt expect Kawhi back for the rest of the season, which would be a huge blow for the Spurs in a very deep conference and you just can’t replace those MVP type numbers every night. The Spurs have used the friendly home confines to build their record going into the second half of the season and they must look to play better on the road. Whilst there is very little chance of them catching the Rockets or Warriors for the top 2 spots in the conference, they will want to avoid dropping to the 4th seed and a potential nightmare first round matchup vs the Thunder.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers started their post all star break section of the season last night with a home loss against the Wizards. This snapped a personal 7 game winning streak for LeBron teams in the first game back after the break. On the season the Cavaliers own a 34-23 record and are placed 3rd in the Eastern Conference. For all their troubles they seem to be in a much better position now than they have been all season long post all their trade deadline moves. Whilst the Spurs are missing Kawhi, the Cavaliers are missing Kevin Love and this has been a big hole for the team that they haven’t managed to fill. The defensive woes of this team will need to be in the past if they are going to be back in the finals in June.

Key Players:

LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs)

LaMarcus sat out the last 2 games prior to the all star break but is expected to be back for this marquee matchup on Sunday. He played just 4 minutes in the All Star Game and didn’t score any points. On the season he is averaging 22.4 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds per game. A solid contributor all season long for the Spurs and is the main offensive threat with Kawhi Leonard currently out of the lineup.

LeBron James (Cavaliers)

LeBron led his team to victory on Sunday at the showcase event at the Staples Center and is now ready to lead his team on another deep playoff run. LeBron continues to be very efficient on offense and looks like he is having fun again. LeBron is currently averaging 26.6 points per game to go along with season averages of over 8 assists/rebounds per game. His new teammates will benefit from LeBron’s court vision and they have plenty of time to get acclimatised to each other before the Playoffs.

Projected Starting Lineups:

San Antonio Spurs

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Kyle Anderson
  • Davis Bertans
  • Dejounte Murray
  • Danny Green

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • LeBron James (F)
  • Cedi Osman (F)
  • Tristan Thompson (C)
  • George Hill (G)
  • J.R. Smith (G)

Final Thoughts:

This is always a fun matchup on the NBA calendar and despite key losses on both sides, this will be a tremendous game to watch. There is no better coach in the game than Popovich and you know he will have the Spurs ready to go for this one. Whilst it is still early days for this new nucleus of players in Cleveland, the early signs are good and with them being at home in this game, you have to fancy them to edge it.

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