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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.

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Written by Scott @ WFNY

January 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm