'Remember the Alamo' is associated with San Antonio, but the Cavaliers want to do anything but remember their most recent trip to the Alamo city.
The Cavs were blown out by the Spurs 103-74 and in the process dropped from the best record in the Eastern Conference by percentage points. With the loss, the Cavs drop to 47-26 and a winning percentage of .644. The idle Boston Celtics sit on top of the Eastern Conference with a 48-26 record and a .649 winning percentage. Cleveland has nine regular season games left, while the Celtics have eight games left. The Cavs have had the best record in the East for most of the season.
"When we only score 74 points and shoot 4-of-26 (from three point), we didn't give ourselves a chance," Tyronn Lue said.
The Cavs bench was out scored 28-0 in the first half when the game was decided as the Spurs built a 64-40 lead. San Antonio coasted the rest of the way and led by 30 points in the fourth quarter. The Cavs 74 points was one of their lowest scoring totals of the season. Cleveland shot just 15.4 percent from three-point range, making just 4-of-26.
LeBron James left the game with 25 seconds to play in the third quarter after taking an elbow from David Lee in the neck area and he did not return with what was called a stinger. After the game, James said he was 'fine' and would play Thursday against the Bulls. James led the Cavs with 17 points, while Tristan Thompson added 11 points. Lue had no update on James after the game.
"This is a test of our character and we'll see what we're made up of," Lue said. "This is a tough stretch, but we're not going to fold. There's no need to panic."
Light Bench: The Cavs were missing Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert off the bench, but the Spurs outscored them 28-0 in the first half. The bench didn't score until the game was long out of hand.
3-Ball Blues: The Cavs had one of their worst three-point shooting nights of the season as they finished 4-of-26 for just 15.4 percent. Kevin Love and J.R. Smith were both only 1-of-6 from long range.
Bad March: The Cavs have lost 3 out of their last 4 and are now just 6-9 in the month of March.
Turnover Machine: The Cavs nearly had as many turnovers as assists with 16 turnovers to 20 assists.
Korver, Shumpert Out: Kyle Korver missed the game against the Spurs and will miss the next two games with knee soreness. Korver played three games after missing seven with the same injury. Iman Shumpert was held out against the Spurs with a knee injury.
Next Up: The Cavs will travel to Chicago to play the Bulls on Thursday night at 8 pm before returning home to play the 76ers at home on Friday night at 7:30 pm.