Preview: Cavs look plenty ready for Spurs

Sam Amico

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Another big test awaits as Cavs look to avenge loss in San Antonio.

Cavaliers (33-12) vs. Spurs (39-7)

SITE: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

TIPOFF: 8:30 p.m. EST

TV: ABC

RADIO: Cavaliers Radio Network, WTAM 1100-AM

PROJECTED STARTERS

Cavaliers: C Tristan Thompson; PF Kevin Love; SF LeBron James; SG J.R. Smith; PG Kyrie Irving.

Spurs: PF LaMarcus Aldridge; F Kyle Anderson; F Kawhi Leonard; SG Danny Green; PG Tony Parker.

INJURY REPORT

Cavaliers: None to report.

Spurs: C Tim Duncan (knee) doubtful.

NOTES/THOUGHTS

The Cavs are coming off an impressive win at the Pistons, a game in which the Cavs extended a lot of energy to play the right way. … The Spurs have been off since Wednesday. … In the event you're looking for a time to bash the NBA schedule-maker, feel free. … It sounds as if Tim Duncan will rest again with knee soreness, leaving the Spurs without a true center in the starting lineup. … In case you think that matters, consider they beat Dwight Howard and the Rockets by 31 in their previous game. … Howard has never been known as a champion, but he finished with a mere 13 points and eight rebounds. … So the Spurs aren't exactly a wreck without Duncan. Far from it. … Like the Cavs, the Spurs got drilled in their previous meeting with the Warriors. … Still, if the Cavs play like they did Friday, they can beat anyone on any night, or even in a seven-game series. Believe it. … Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had their best games of the year vs. the Pistons. LeBron James was masterful , too. … Here are my random dribbles on that one. ... It's those kinds of performances that make you realize, oh yeah, that is why the Cavs wanted a Big Three in the first place. … If Tyronn Lue gets LeBron, Love and Irving to play like that on a regular basis, he'll make the firing of David Blatt look totally justified. ... In just four games, it's already looking like it was. … Love and Irving told FOX Sports Ohio on Friday the entire team is putting in extra work to get into the type of shape Lue wants for a faster pace. … Sometimes, the Cavs work out after games, Irving said. … This team really wants to prove its doubters wrong. It seems more determined than ever. … And beating the Spurs would give the Cavs a chance to show everyone they're serious about it.

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