The San Antonio Spurs take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night. The Spurs are 6-4 and they are coming off an easy win against the winless Philadelphia 76ers. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 5-4 and are coming off a loss at home against the Denver Nuggets.
Both teams have been far from dominant, but the Spurs have been facing various injuries, while the Cavaliers were having chemistry issues early in the season.
What are the keys to a San Antonio Spurs victory?
-Contain Kevin Love
It’s tempting to put LeBron James on here, but he never goes quiet in a game. James is always scoring 30 points or dishing 10 assists it seems, that’s why the Spurs must contain his star teammate Kevin Love. Love is averaging 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds this season. One thing is clear Love isn’t the guy that was getting the ball every possession facing double teams like he used to in Minnesota. Love is also due for a 30 points 15 rebounds game, if Tim Duncan and company aren’t careful it may come against them.
The San Antonio Spurs are one of the best bench units in the league, as they usually have Boris Diaw, Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Cory Joseph coming off it. The Cavaliers bench was seen as a weak spot, but that has changed recently. With Dion Waiters moving to the bench, the Cavaliers bench improved significantly, they also have Tristan Thompson and rookie Joe Harris. If the Spurs want to win, it’s important for the bench to outplay a shorter Cavaliers bench, who usually goes with no more than three or four guys off it.
-Three-Point Shooting Key
The San Antonio Spurs were the best three point shooting team in the NBA last season in terms of percentage, so far this year they rank 24th (.324). The Cavaliers on the other hand have been lights out, shooting an incredible 40% from downtown so far. On Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavaliers began the game making their first 11 threes as a team, breaking an NBA record. In a road game against a very talented team, the Spurs will need to be more effective than Cleveland at least for this game.