Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/16/13
OPENING TIP Fans hoping for a Kyrie Irving-Tony Parker matchup will instead get Shaun Livingston vs. Cory Joseph. Oh well. Either way, Charles Barkley sort of predicted on TNT that the Cavs will win this game. He didn't really give a reason. It would be a major upset, as the Spurs may be the one team (with Parker, of course) that could beat Miami in a seven-game series. Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio. TVRadio: 8 p.m. EST, FOX Sports OhioWTAM All-Time Series: Spurs lead, 53-29. PROJECTED STARTERS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (22-43) C Tyler Zeller PF Tristan Thompson SF Alonzo Gee SG Dion Waiters PG Shaun Livingston SAN ANTONIO SPURS (50-16) C Tiago Splitter PF Tim Duncan SF Kawhi Leonard SG Danny Green PG Cory Joseph Pregame notes: Think you need a lottery pick to be a smash hit? Well, take a look at what the Spurs have done. Splitter was drafted No. 28 overall. Same with Tony Parker. Leonard went 15th. Manu Ginobili went 57th. Green was selected 46th -- by the Cavs. The Spurs are the only active NBA franchise with a regular-season winning percentage of .500 or better vs. each of the other 29 teams. Only the Lakers are tied (74-74). Talk about efficient: Along with Oklahoma City, the Spurs are one of just two teams in the top five in points, field goal, three-point field goal and free throw percentage. Ginobili is just one of two active players to be drafted 45th or lower to appear in more than 700 career games (since 1985). Atlantas Kyle Korver is the other. The Spurs have clinched a playoff spot for the 16th consecutive season. Not surprisingly, thats the longest in the NBA. Duncan is shooting a career high 80 percent from the line. He turns 37 at the end of April.
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