Game #73 - Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs Game Night Open Thread

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2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
42-28 57-15
March 26, 2010
AT&T Center
8:30PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / FSOhio
Probable starters:
George Hill PG Mo Williams
Manu Ginobili SG Anthony Parker
Richard Jefferson SF LeBron James
Tim Duncan PF Antawn Jamison
Antonio McDyess C J.J. Hickson

The Cavaliers are a machine, rolling through the end of the regular season like Sherman's march through Georgia.  No Z?  No problem.  No Shaq?  No problem.  LeBron goes down?  Cavs beat the Spurs at home.  Cleveland has won 14 of their last 15 games during a stretch that looks to have the Cavaliers on their way towards home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.  The next step in that journey comes tonight when the Cavaliers head to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

For San Antonio, the struggle continues without Tony Parker, out with a broken hand.  The Spurs played the Cavaliers in Cleveland a couple weeks ago, without Parker, in a game that saw the Cavaliers beat the Spurs despite missing LeBron James and Antawn Jamison.  It was impressive, perhaps the most impressive win of the season for the Cavaliers, and one that seemed to catapult them towards this latest run.

The Cavaliers welcomed back Zydrunas Ilgauskas in New Orleans on Wednesday night, and looked like a team ready to win a championship.  Plenty of time to talk about that, how about the Spurs!?

3-in the Key

1. At 57-15 (.792), Cleveland owns the NBA's best record, including both the best home (31-4) and road records (26-11), and leads the league with highest point differential at +7.6. The Cavaliers have won eight straight which is the longest active winning streak in the NBA and the fourth time this year the team has had a winning streak of at least six games. The team has won 14 of their last 15 games and are 31-7 (.816) in 2010, which is the best mark in that span and remains the only one with its division won to date.

2. The Cavaliers are a league-leading 26-11 (.703) on the road and have won 17 times in their last 22 road games. Wednesday's road win over the Hornets tied last season's franchise record of 26 wins and a win over San Antonio would set a new team record of 27 wins. It also earned the Cavs their 27th consecutive victory over teams with losing records and pushed their record to 32-3 (.914) versus teams who were currently under .500.

3. Wednesday's 105-92 win over New Orleans was Mike Brown's 400th regular season game as Cavaliers Head Coach. He is 268-132, .670. Brown's 268 regular season wins currently ranks third in Cavaliers franchise history behind only Lenny Wilkens (316 games) and Bill Fitch (304 wins) for most all-time. His .670 regular season winning percentage is second among active head coaches to only Phil Jackson at (288-112, .720), ranks first all-time in team history and his regular season games coached at 400 is the franchise's fourth-longest tenure. Since the 2005-06 season under Coach Brown, the Cavs are an NBA-best 56-18 (.757) overall during the month of March. At home during that span in March, the Cavs are 36-4 (.900) and have won 17 straight at The Q. Since 2008-09 the team has the NBA's best record in the March at 27-2 (.931). 

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