Game Preview: Cavaliers vs. Spurs

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TIPOFF– 8:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.

BROADCAST – ABC, Cavs Radio Network.

RECORDS — Cavs are 30-11; San Antonio is 33-9.

COACHES – Spurs’ Gregg Popovich has a 1,122-494 regular-season record. Cavs’ Tyronn Lue has a 57-25 mark.

NOTEBOOK -- You really have to be in tune with the NBA to be in tune with the Spurs. Everything you read and hear is about the Warriors and the Cavaliers. ... But the Spurs are a top-three team and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see them in the finals. ... Kawhi Leonard defends LeBron James (and Kevin Durant) far and away better than anyone in the NBA, and there's really not even a close second. ... Leonard also is the Spurs' most versatile player offensively, and despite being an All-Star starter, he never gets enough credit. ... As Gregg Popovich once told me, "We draft guys who have gotten over themselves." ... That defines Leonard. ... As for the Cavs, this will be a good opportunity to beat an excellent team after losing to the Warriors badly on Monday. ... The Cavs could use a big win, and this would be one. ... For the Spurs, Pau Gasol will be out for some time with a hand injury. Tony Parker (ankle) is questionable. ... Cavs' power forward Kevin Love (back spasms) is listed as "To Be Determined." ... Love and Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge have had some good battles over the years. If Love doesn't play, it'll likely be up to LeBron to defend Aldridge, leaving James Jones on Leonard. ... This is the first ABC Prime Time game of the season.

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