Impressive that the Cavs are hanging with the Spurs in San Antonio without Kyrie. The Spurs will probably go on a run soon and blow it open, but it's 88-88 game with 1:53 to go in the 3rd and the Cavs are getting ready to shoot a FT with a chance to take the lead.
Yeah, I was just watching college ball waiting for the Grizzlies/Jazz game. No Kyrie, so I figured the Spurs would win easily. But it's turned into a tight high scoring game. Wish I'd started watching earlier.
Cavs have been hanging with virtually every team they've played since the Speights/Ellington deal, with or without Kyrie.
Leading up to tonight's game, here are the five games they've played without Kyrie since the Memphis trade...
@ Chicago - 101-98 W
Toronto - 103-92 W
LA Clippers - 105-89 L
Washington - 95-90 W
@ Dallas - 96-86 L
So, they're now 3-3 in games without Kyrie since that big trade, and the only game which didn't come down to the final few minutes was against the Clippers. I wasn't shocked in the least that they played the Spurs tough tonight. They've been doing that pretty much all season, regardless of who is playing. Thing is, when Kyrie isn't out there, it gives Waiters more room to operate and he's become a pretty efficient scorer during the second half of the season.
Despite the record, this team is not a easy out. Hell, I think the Cavs gave the Heat their closest game during the current streak and that was in Miami. That may not be the case anymore, but it was for a good portion of the streak.