Game Thread | 2021-2022 Season | Game #43 | Cavs @ Spurs | Jan. 14, 2022 | 8:30 p.m.

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I expect OKC to shoot way, way better than their norm on 3's. Teams just seem to do that against us.
Lately it seems that way but on the season opposing teams actually shoot 5th worst against us from three in the NBA. So we were bound to have nights like tonight eventually where teams just torch us.
 

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The Spurs are one of those teams that haunt me as a Cavs fan as they have multiple players that would make this team truly "F-U" status.
And annoyingly, they fought the Cavs to the wire. But it's a good thing the Cavs hung in there tough. The 3+ minutes of 104-103 reminded me a whole lot of 89-89 in 2016.

Good to see Okoro back early.
DG is the real deal. Some of those passes in the 4th!!!! Oh, man. The Cavs really hit the luck jackpot with him, it's exciting to see.

I'm glad Lauri got that dunk when he did. He barely got the ball on offense. Not sure if that was by design. But he came through and didn't go the coward route when the Cavs needed a bucket.

Still getting killed from 3, even contested. Wonder if there's something systemic about that.

Good minutes from Goodwin and Lamar. And of course Allen and Mobley. Mobley had some "WTF did he just do" moments.

Still missing goddamn free throws. WTF.

Didn't love the officiating. There was a sequence of: Murray blatantly pushing off for a shot, no call, then Cavs no call, then Spurs 3 that was just pure bullshit. First time the other team got in the bonus before the Cavs in a while.

Good win, quality win. Encouraging win.

On to OKC.
 

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The Spurs are one of those teams that haunt me as a Cavs fan as they have multiple players that would make this team truly "F-U" status.
And annoyingly, they fought the Cavs to the wire. But it's a good thing the Cavs hung in there tough. The 3+ minutes of 104-103 reminded me a whole lot of 89-89 in 2016.

Good to see Okoro back early.
DG is the real deal. Some of those passes in the 4th!!!! Oh, man. The Cavs really hit the luck jackpot with him, it's exciting to see.

I'm glad Lauri got that dunk when he did. He barely got the ball on offense. Not sure if that was by design. But he came through and didn't go the coward route when the Cavs needed a bucket.

Still getting killed from 3, even contested. Wonder if there's something systemic about that.

Good minutes from Goodwin and Lamar. And of course Allen and Mobley. Mobley had some "WTF did he just do" moments.

Still missing goddamn free throws. WTF.

Didn't love the officiating. There was a sequence of: Murray blatantly pushing off for a shot, no call, then Cavs no call, then Spurs 3 that was just pure bullshit. First time the other team got in the bonus before the Cavs in a while.

Good win, quality win. Encouraging win.

On to OKC.

Spurs have done this all season. Record doesn’t fully reflect it, but they aren’t nearly as bad as their record shows. Mid-pack for SRS, ORtg, and DRtg, wins over the Bucks, Warriors, Jazz, Nuggets, and Lakers, just took Brooklyn to OT a few days ago.

It’s a Pop coached team with a bunch of young guards with talent who play at a high pace and share the ball. Get beat a lot, but they’re a tough beat that make you work all 48 minutes (almost half of their 27 losses are 2 possession games at the final buzzer).

You take a win under any circumstance against Pop, especially on his home floor.
 

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The Cavs couldnt generate offense worth a damn late in the 4th....but I give Bickerstaff credit even though I would have gone with a different lineup, but he had the towers in there and he was done with Murray waltzing to the rim. We got some lucky breaks on the wide open McDermott three and another thing here or there, and the two posters by Lauri and then Allen to generate some offense came really by taking advantage of two Spurs defensive mistakes..

but the lineup shut the Spurs water off when it mattered most. Good call by Coach B.
Wouldnt mind seeing the big three knocking some one on their ass every once in while
 

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Spurs need a center. Poetl and Landale are pretty bad, other than rebounding. Five points in 48 minutes.

Scary to think where they would be if they hadn't struck lightening with Dejounte Murray with the 29th pick of the 2016 draft. There were some real gems in that one; Pascal Siakam at #27, Murray at #29, and Malcolm Brogdon at #36.

OTOH, Marquese Criss, Jakob Poetl, and Thon Maker went 8, 9 and 10. Dragan Bender went #4. The Cavs did not have a pick, having traded the #28 for Tyler Zeller.
 

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No idea what it means but we still have by far the best SRS in the eastern conference.
 

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