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    Default Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007




    GAME 3 - Spurs up 2-0

    San Antonio Spurs @ Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
    9:00pm ET
    Quicken Loans Arena
    TV: ABC
    Radio : WTAM 1100




    Head Coaches


    Gregg Popovich / Mike Brown


    Starters

    Tony Parker / Boobie Gibson



    Michael Finley / Sasha Pavlovic



    Bruce Bowen / LeBron James



    Tim Duncan / Drew Gooden



    Fabricio Oberto / Zydrunas Ilgauskas


    Cleveland Cavaliers Bench

    Anderson Varejao/Donyell Marshall/Larry Hughes/Damon Jones/Eric Snow/Ira Newble/Scot Pollard


    San Antonio Spurs Bench

    Robert Horry/Manu Ginobili/Brent Barry/Francisco Elson/Jacque Vaughn/Beno Udrih/Matt Bonner

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    WHAT IS AT STAKE...



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    GAME NOTES

    · The Cavaliers are 7-1 (.875) at home during the postseason. Cleveland is tied with Utah for the highest home winning percentage during the 2007 Playoffs.

    · Cleveland’s seven home wins are the most in team history for a single postseason. The Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 11 games at home dating back to the regular season.

    · Over his last five games, Daniel Gibson has averaged 18.8 points on .591 shooting. He has connected on 11-20 (.550) from three-point range and 31-34 (.912) from the free throw line during that stretch.

    · Daniel Gibson has connected on 25-55 (.455) from three-point range during the playoffs. Since the 1992 playoffs, Gibson has the highest three-point percentage in the playoffs of any rookie with 10 or more three-pointers made.

    · Cleveland’s bench has averaged 33 points per game in the first two games of The Finals. The Cavaliers reserves scored 31 points in Game 1 and 35 points in Game 2.

    · LeBron James has dished out at least seven assists in 15 of 18 games during the 2007 postseason. He ranks fifth in assists per game (7.9) during the playoffs.

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    PICTURES


    "I'm 1-10 so far in the Finals. The law of averages says I will shoot 7-10 in Game 3, to reach my season field goal percentage of .400."


    DJ: "I cannot wait until tomorrow"
    Reporter: "Why?!?"
    DJ: "Cause I get better looking every day"


    "Our plan for Tuesday night is to smile real big. The glare from the arena lights will reflect off of our teeth and into the eyes of Tim, Tony and Manu. My defensive concepts are rock solid....and this is as good as anything."


    This just needs to be here.


    Screw the federal government!


    "**** the Spurs."


    "The fans at the Q are ready to rise up..."

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    WE NEED SOME MOTIVATION!!!! PIP IS ON KEYBOARDS, MAX ON VOCALS!!!

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    GAME 2 Highlights:


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    Brian Windhorst's Blog (after Game 2) (http://blogs.ohio.com/cavaliers_blog/):
    So, maybe things won't change in Game 2

    San Antonio -- This was a whipping, nothing else. I've seen them before in the AT&T Center and I'll see them again probably. Not only are the Spurs the better-looking team after the 103-92 Game 2 win, they are playing at a very high level. If they continue to play like this, I don't think it will matter what the Cavs do in all honestly. We can talk about adjustments and intensity and coaching all night. That said, it, too, is just a single game. Obviously the Spurs look like the dominant team, but I am compelled by my realist nature and perspective-based style to say the series is not over.

    So it goes...

    --I am inclined to totally disregard the LeBron James foul trouble in the first quarter. While it is questionable whether Mike Brown left him out too long, I think he played the percentages in thinking long-term about the game. The Cavs lost six points on the scoreboard with James on the bench for nine minutes. I don't care what anyone says, that is an acceptable number under these circumstances. When the Cavs got buried by 14 points in the second quarter, James was out there the whole time and Tony Parker was on the bench a bunch.

    --I have no idea how to judge these fourth quarters. On one hand, I think the Spurs are totally letting down. On the other, the small lineup presents some challenges for San Antonio. Brown may have to consider going with the small lineup more and I explain why in this piece for ESPN.com. It means more than just giving more time to Daniel Gibson, but some steps need to be taken by the coach.

    --Gibson, by the way, just continues to impress me. With all this other stuff going on, this kid showing he could very well be a star in this league.

    --Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are all playing great. They all scored more than 20 points just four times before tonight this season. Even for these great players, this was an exceptional night. Sure the Cavs were off their game, but the Spurs played above their normal level, too. And their normal level is world class. Again, another reason to see what happens in Cleveland.

    --Zydrunas Ilgauskas, of whom I am a steadfast defender, has been awful in San Antonio. He's not doing anything well. He can't make a jumper, he can't make a tip in, he barely gets any rebounds, Duncan is making a mockery of him. Duncan does this to most everyone, but Ilgauskas has the ability to get some back at the other end and he's not doing it and it's killing the Cavs. By the way, it was Z getting out of position twice that caused LeBron to commit those fouls in the first quarter.

    --Larry Hughes says his foot is feeling better. I believe him. But he's playing worse. Something has to be done there. If he's going to go 1-of-10 shooting, you might as well give his time to Eric Snow.

    --Why are the Spurs moving faster than the Cavs, getting to more rebounds, diving for more loose balls, and generally showing more passion for the game? I know the Cavs realize these are the Finals, but they aren't playing like it. You can see the difference late when the Cavs intensity to come back shows up. Considering it is the last round, why this cannot be achieved from the start is beyond my personal comprehension.

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    Some thoughts from Terry Pluto (http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/sports/17353064.htm)

    Cavs must change now or surely die
    By Terry Pluto

    SAN ANTONIO - If only the Cavaliers could have a do-over, especially for the first quarter.

    That's because the Cavs made a terrific comeback, outscoring San Antonio 30-14 in the fourth period Sunday night. That was was enough to get the Spurs shaking in their boots.

    Still, the bottom line was San Antonio 103, Cavaliers 92.

    That gave the Spurs a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

    For the Cavs, it was the sad start that plagued them all night.

    Perhaps it began with coach Mike Brown leaving Larry Hughes in the starting lineup. Hughes has been suffering from plantar fasciitis for two weeks. It's a serious foot injury, and Hughes is a player who relies on his legs to be effective.

    To compensate, it wasn't Hughes who was defending Spurs dynamic and slithery point guard Tony Parker. It was LeBron James.

    Why was this a disaster?

    • If Hughes is a point guard and he's too hurt to defend Parker, he should not play.

    • If Hughes is hurting, he also can't drive to the basket. So he can't take on his main defensive assignment, nor does he demand much attention on offense. All he can do is shoot jumpers, and those shots often look like a paper airplane in a hurricane -- wildly off target.

    • Yes, James is the Cavs' premier athlete, but you don't want him chasing Parker. That causes two problems: James spends too much energy on defense, leading him to commit fouls.

    • Hughes was on Bruce Bowen, the Spurs' defensive specialists who spends his time on offense standing in the corner, waiting to catch a pass and shoot a 3-pointer. He may be the easiest player to cover. So Hughes was giving the Cavs nothing on either end of the floor.

    • Brown had Hughes on the court for 20 minutes in which he went scoreless, shooting zip-for-5. It was so bad, that once when Parker was matched against Hughes, the sneaky Spurs guard threw a bounce pass between the legs of Hughes to Tim Duncan.

    • Three minutes into the game, James was on the bench with two fouls. They were not committed on Parker, but in trying to help against Tim Duncan. Did the matchup with Parker have anything to do with it? It sure didn't help as Parker and Duncan often work a two-man pick-and-roll together.

    Not all of this is Brown's fault, but he looked like a desperate coach in his first NBA Finals facing his mentor. At one point in the first quarter, he had Snow, Hughes, Sasha Pavlovic, Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas on the court.

    Who from that group is supposed to create a shot? After James, the team's best at doing that in the postseason has been Daniel Gibson. He was on the bench, too.

    THE TRUTH: Gibson has to start Game 3 in Cleveland. Most fans already know that. Gibson had 15 points Sunday, nine in the fourth quarter.

    MORE TRUTH: Brown seems worried about how to deal with Hughes, instead of facing the obvious: The guard is a liability right now. Hughes is in the foxhole of denial. Before Game 2, he said he only guarded Parker four times in the opener. Not true. He also said, ``I only played 23 minutes. That's not enough time to get anything done as far as figuring out and adjusting to what the game brings.''

    EVEN MORE TRUTH: The numbers don't lie. In the two games of this series, Hughes has been on the court 43 minutes. He has scored two points, shooting 1-of-10 from the field. He has five rebounds, two assists and has not been to the foul line. That's enough time to get something -- anything -- done.

    TERRIBLE TRUTH: At the half, the Cavs were down 58-33. They had been destroyed on the boards, 30-19. They were shooting 27 percent. They looked like some of those overmatched high school teams facing St. Vincent-St. Mary with James.

    As Brown said of the Spurs before Game 2: ``When you start winning... it gives you an inner confidence that's unbelievable... it makes you feel like you can just take the life out of individuals or out of teams.''

    Until the fourth quarter, the Cavs were dead men staggering. It was not that they quit, but you could see the pressure sucking out their sense of what brought them to the Finals. The defensive determination, the rebounding, the knack of keeping the game close, it all wilted under the heat of the Spurs.

    James sat out nearly all of the first quarter with the two fouls -- probably not a great idea, either, because the three-time NBA champion Spurs are good enough to take control of a game like this at home and put their jaws around it like a pit bull with his favorite bone.

    When James returned to action, you could see him urgently trying to bring his team back. Time and time again, he drove to the basket. He drew some fouls, but he was feeling the game slipping away. He even air-balled a free throw in the second period.

    By the half, he had 13 tough points, shooting 4-of-11 from the field, 5-of-9 at the foul line. He kept pushing and finished with 25 points as the Cavs played a determined fourth quarter.

    Now they return home for Game 3 on Tuesday. If Brown and the Cavs don't make some changes, this series will be over soon.

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    Thanks Karma, for allowing me to take your place in the preview chair.

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    CCF's THOUGHTS

    • We must come out with a sense of urgency.
    • IMO, we will see Boobie starting - I'll change it on the preview if it happens.
    • I didn't see much of Game 2 because of Sopranos, but if we didn't use it then, I think we'll see some zone defense in Game 3. I think we should change defenses throughout the game - keep the Spurs on their toes.
    • The Finals jitters better be behind us. The crowd better bring it as well.
    • I better see a solid effort on the boards. Get a body on Duncan.


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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    Great preview CCF. I'm glad you did it as I have limited access to power right now. My city has been clasified a natural disaster due to flooding. Managed to catch a replay of yesterdays game unfortunately though.

    Anyways.......outside of Daniel Gibson, each and every player has been outplayed, out hustled, and outsmarted.

    We have to out work them to have a chance. I was very impressed with Eric's words in the timeouts, unfortunately he doesn't have the game to back it up. Others do, but are intimidated. Hopefuly some home cooking will bring us a remedy.

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    Absoultely must win!!! The crowd better bring it!

    More vids to fire up up!


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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    It's now or never - tonight we'll find out what we're made of.


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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    Nice vid.

    The Finals....Where Legends are Born.

    LeBron really needs to step up his game on this stage. I know it probably won't happen, but he may never see it again, or only see it a few times in his career. He needs to erase from his mind what happened in games 1 and 2, and develop some performances that have people talking.

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    I'll be there. So far 4-0 in the playoffs.

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    I made the change in the starting lineup. This thread sold me:

    http://www.realcavsfans.com/showthre...?t=8257&page=6

    Thanks thewuck and cleveland56:

    Hughes says he won't start tonight against Spurs
    Posted by Jodie Valade June 12, 2007 12:51PM
    Categories: Breaking News, Cavaliers
    Cavaliers point guard Larry Hughes indicated this morning that he would not start in tonight's Game 3 because the pain in his injured left heel has increased, a move that presumably opens the door for rookie Daniel Gibson to slide into the starting rotation.

    "Sometimes you can overcome the physical by mental," Hughes said after morning shootaround. "At this point, it's getting pretty tough."

    Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said this morning that he had not made a decision on his starting point guard, and did not rule out Hughes' retaining his starting role.

    "The team has a pretty good rhythm when he starts," Brown said.

    Hughes has been battling a strained plantar fascia in his left heel since the Eastern Conference finals, but has not missed a game. He received injections of cortisone and novocaine throughout the series against the Detroit Pistons, but has elected not to receive the numbing shots in two games against San Antonio.

    In the Finals, Hughes has made 1-of-10 attempts in an average of 22 minutes.

    Gibson is averaging 15.5 points on 62-percent shooting in two games in the Finals.

    - Jodie Valade

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    I will not be there...probably a good thing...didn't do too well in SA.

    One game at a time. Win tonight and it will be a big momentum swing.

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    I'm hoping our scoreboard & shot clocks work this time.

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    Gibson starting does not stop our woes. Every other player has to lift their game, and that starts with winning the hustle areas of the game. You out work a team before out playing them.

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    Good luck. May the best team win.

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    I am so sick of the lack of respect Cavs are getting. Everyone's kissin the Spurs ass. AT least Wilbon thinks we can win tonite. Cavs win by 10+

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    Wow great intro. Hilarious how they had the Darth Vader music goin when they introduced the Spurs. And our flashing light things they gave out look sweet. Would love to be there.

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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    Our entrance introductions are 10x better then the Spurs'. It's so refreshing to see it again.
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    Default Re: Cavaliers vs. Spurs | NBA Finals- Game 3 | June 12th, 2007

    The sun is shining again. The Gund is rocking!!!

    So sweet to be an Aussie Cavs fan right now!

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