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Game #65 - San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers Game Night Open Thread

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
36-24 49-15
March 8, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
7:00 PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / FSOhio
Probable starters:
George Hill PG Mo Williams
Roger Mason SG Anthony Parker
Keith Bogans SF Jawad Williams
Tim Duncan PF Antawn Jamison
Antonio McDyess C J.J. Hickson

The Cavaliers are in full playoff prep mode. They sat LeBron James in Milwaukee on Saturday night to give his aching body a rest and by the sounds of Mike Brown earlier today that are likely to do it again tonight. That would give LeBron a full week's worth of rest, well deserved and much needed this time of year. James did not participate in the team's shoot-around this morning, another indication he will likely take the night off.

All that said, the Cavaliers didn't lose to Milwaukee because LeBron James was in jeans on the bench. Antawn Jamison(30 points) and Delonte West(27 points) more than made up for James' absence. It was the rest of the team combining for just 28 points that did the Cavs in. Sure, it is a lot easier with James in the lineup, but the Cavaliers have good enough players - I'm talking to you Mo Williams - to be able to win a game without him. Too bad it hasn't happened in three seasons - the Cavs are 0-7 without James the past 3 years.

3-in the Key

1. At 49-15 (.766), Cleveland owns the NBA's best record and leads the league with highest point differential at +7.2. The team is 23-7 (.767) in 2010, which is the best mark in that span. With a win versus San Antonio, the Cavaliers will become the NBA's first team to win 50 games this season.

2. With 10 of the team's remaining 18 games at The Q, the Cavaliers own the NBA's best home record at 27-4 (.871). The Cavs have won 25 of their last 27 home games and are averaging 105.7 points on .515 shooting, while holding their opponents to just 95.1 points on .439 shooting during that span. This season, Cleveland has had two streaks of double-digit home winning streaks after winning 11 straight games at The Q from Nov. 14 - Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 - Feb. 11.

3. Since the start of the 2008-09 season, the Cavaliers are 66-6 (.917) at home, which is also an NBA-best. After having the best home record last season at 39-2 (.951), the team is trying to hold the best home record in consecutive seasons for only the 14th time in NBA history and seventh time (5 teams) in the last 35 years: (Boston Celtics (twice): 1985-86 & 1986-87 & 1987-88, Utah Jazz - 1990-91 & 1991-92, Chicago Bulls - 1995-96 & 1996-97, Sacramento Kings (twice): 2000-01 & 2001-02 & 2002-03).