NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 28th (All times eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (42-13) at Cleveland Cavaliers (31-23), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs take their road show to Cleveland tonight, when they battle LeBron James and the Cavaliers at Gund Arena.
San Antonio saw its two-game win streak come to an end Saturday, as it fell 84-82 to the Memphis Grizzlies at the SBC Center. Tim Duncan contributed a game-high 27 points and 19 boards in the losing effort.
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili both had 16 points in a losing cause for the Spurs, whose 16-game winning streak at home came to an end. The Spurs hit 41.5 percent from the field, including 5-of-20 (.250) from three-point range.
The Spurs have split their last six games overall, but still own the West's best record (42-13). San Antonio is mere percentage points ahead of the Phoenix Suns for the top slot in the league.
Newly acquired forward Nazr Mohammed didn't play against the Grizzlies. Mohammed came to the Spurs along with Jamison Brewer from New York in exchange for Malik Rose and two first round draft picks just prior to the trade deadline. The Spurs released Brewer prior to Saturday's contest.
The Spurs struggled with their ball-handling, committing a season-high 24 turnovers. San Antonio's miscues led to 18 points for the Grizzlies.
San Antonio, which has won seven of its last 10 road tilts, is 18-11 in foreign buildings this season. The Spurs are playing one of two road contests in their next 11.
Cleveland has hit a rough patch with three losses in its last four games, including a 104-98 loss to the New Jersey at Continental Airlines Arena. James scored 28 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 20 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who dropped their sixth straight on the road. Jeff McInnis netted 23 points in the loss.
Robert Traylor came off the bench to tally 12 rebounds and 10 points in the winning effort. Cleveland lost the contest despite outrebounding the Nets, 49-32, while committing 20 turnovers which led to 20 New Jersey points.
The Cavs shot 41.7 percent from the field, including 5-of-12 (.417) from three-point range. Cleveland drained 23-of-28 (.821) from the free throw line.
The NBA is expected to officially announce the purchase of the Cavaliers by Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert sometime early this week. Gilbert is spending $375 million to acquire the Cavs from current owner Gordon Gund.
Cleveland has six of its next seven contests in the friendly confines of Gund Arena. The Cavaliers have been terrific at home this season, posting a 21-5 record. Cleveland has won three straight and seven of its last eight home tilts.
02/28 10:22:38 ET