Apr 18, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Philadelphia 76ers power forward Lavoy Allen (50) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Cleveland continues playing spoiler roll as regular season draws to a close.
There may be more intrigue in this games based on which players are not playing as opposed to those are on the court. The Spurs are locked in a tight battle for the top spot in the Western Conference but also have to finish the season with four games in five days. Coach Gregg Popovich may elect to rest some combination of veterans Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The Spurs are currently rolling in the midst of an six-game winning streak including two 20-plus point wins over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Cleveland is now playing the spoiler role when facing playoff teams and came up big in their last game, beating the New York Knicks. Point guard Kyrie Irving played well in his second game back from a shoulder injury, but he too may sit as coach Byron Scott doesn't want to push the rookie back too quick just because the season is coming to a close.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio.
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