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01/18 Morning Minute: A Good Night For Cleveland Hoops

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I admit that when I entered in the URL for Pounding the Rock this morning, I was expecting to see some one-sided whining about the officiating in last night’s game between the Cavs and Spurs.  Instead, they were understandably unhappy with the way that the Spurs left timeouts on the table while Manu Ginobili took a last second shot to tie the game – but missed front iron.

The Cavaliers have been bitten by this before, think Utah Jazz earlier this season thanks to Deron Williams.  Greg Popovich likely took this into consideration before letting Ginobili take the shot – after all, he did have a game high 31 points.  Credit this team for not assuming anything and getting back on defense after LeBron James missed a shot to seal the game with about five seconds left on the clock.

The game ended in a 90-88 win for the team from Cleveland, and while it will not make up for getting swept by this same team a few months back in the NBA Finals, the win shows that this team is playing excellent ball right now – just as James said in the post-game interview.

The Spurs had plenty of chances to win this one, especially with that great start to the fourth quarter.  But Manu’s miss at the end coupled with Tony Parker missing both free throws did not help.  I guess that was karma for getting a bogus continuation call on a reaching foul that occurred about 18 feet from the hoop – that resulted in a lay-in.  But a wins a win and this team has won nine of its last 11 games.  Check out BW’s thoughts on the teams that we have topped over the last month.

In other Cleveland basketball news, Cleveland State University topping 12th ranked Butler made front page news in today’s Plain Dealer.  The game ended with a four-point win and fans (yes, CSU fans) pouring on to the floor.  The Vikings haven’t beaten a ranked opponent since 1986, so this was a pretty big deal.  Coupled with the University of Dayton, and I’d say this state is playing some decent basketball right now.

Have a good Friday, all.

Written by Scott @ WFNY

January 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm

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