It was a blowout, plain and simple. The San Antonio Spurs ran all over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, winning 103-74 in a game that didn’t even feel that close. LeBron James and Co. looked totally overwhelmed by the size and speed of the Spurs – more on that to come – and unable to handle the play of surging MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, who finished with a 25-6-6 line despite an ice-cold shooting night from deep. (When you go 0-7 from 3, as Kawhi did on Monday night, and still torch a team, that’s a bad sign for the team that you just torched.) When James left the game after being inadvertently elbowed by the Spurs’ David Lee, it was already over.
The loss dropped the Cavaliers to second place in the East, a half-game back of the Celtics, and left Cleveland fans wondering what on earth has been going on over the last week or two.
The answer, right now at least: Teams are figuring out how to beat the Cavaliers. They aren’t afraid of them anymore. And the way the Cavaliers roster is constructed has left them vulnerable, a vulnerability that the Spurs were all too ready to exploit.