Cavaliers vs Spurs : The Cavaliers have a 19-56 record, and the Knicks are the only team in the Eastern Conference with a worse record than them.
But the Spurs lost to those same Knicks on February 24th, and they have had trouble putting away bad teams this year. The Cavs have been playing better lately, with rookie guard Collin Sexton coming into his own late in the season, and Jordan Clarkson playing well for them. This is the first meeting of two between these teams, with them meeting again in Cleveland on April 7.
The Spurs have had issues with containing opposing guards, as Kemba Walker went off late in the game to keep the game close in the fourth quarter, and taking over in overtime as they pulled away to a big win. The Spurs have had issues with ineffective and predictable offense in the final minutes, and they are going to need to improve over just giving the ball to DeMar DeRozan and letting him go one-on-one for the final possession, hoisting up a low-percentage midrange shot at the buzzer.
But all of that is just a distraction from the main event, which honors one of the greatest players to ever wear the Silver and Black, the man who did the impossible, he broke Pop, among other things.After Tuesday’s disappointing loss, you might think the team would be focused on the Cavs, but it’s hard to tell if the presence of Manu will be a distraction or a boon to the good guys. I think that Manu’s competitive nature will be an inspiration for the younger players, who have been missing his leadership and competitiveness.
Expect another big night from LaMarcus Aldridge
The Cavs still have Kevin Love, but I expect that LaMarcus will beat him up the court on offense and Derrick White will dump the ball into the paint, where Aldridge should be able to dominate. Jakob Poeltl should keep Tristan Thompson busy enough for LaMarcus to have a lot of success against Love.Yes folks, there’s an actual game going on tonight! The hype surrounding Thursday evening’s jersey retirement ceremony for the illustrious and beloved franchise shooting guard Manu Ginobili will surely overshadow the night, regardless of how the San Antonio Spurs play against rookie point guard Collin Sexton and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And yet here we are, discussing the 76th game of the regular season. After a horrific outing against “Cardiac Kemba” Walker and the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, combo guard Derrick White will look to bounce back against a deceptively advanced young opponent.
Sexton has truly come into his own over recent weeks, averaging 22.4 points per game on 51.2 percent shooting from the field and 46.6 percent from three in March. Outside of his scoring, Sexton doesn’t do a whole lot from a statistical standpoint, but White will have his hands full with the rising star.
Meanwhile, the dynamic duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan will look to capitalize on a solid stretch of games themselves against an undisciplined Cavaliers group. Facing off against the Cavs twice in the final seven games of the season, San Antonio holds on to a chance for 50 wins if they can close out the year without a loss. ‘
Meeting goals like this and winning their favored games would be highly influential in establishing a higher playoff seed for the Spurs. Let’s face it – another meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoff sounds like a drag, so let’s hope Sexton doesn’t torch San Antonio’s rocky perimeter defenders and ruin our fun.