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Spurs face East's best in LeBron, Cavs on Monday night

Tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. on TNT

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs fight for the ball during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 118-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs fight for the ball during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 118-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs start their final stretch run of ten games when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night in the AT&T Center.

The Spurs stretch run includes a huge week for the team. They start with Cleveland, host Golden State Wednesday and then travel to Oklahoma Friday night.

First things first, in order to keep pace with the Warriors, (Spurs down two and a half games at tip off Monday) they need a win over the Cavs.

Cleveland is a team not afraid to put up a lot of threes, something the ​Spurs will have to guard against.

"They get a lot of shots up behind the arc," said Danny Green. "They have some really good players, do our best to tray and get to those shooters, close out, make it tough on them."

As of now the Spurs are more concerned they way they are playing than who they are playing since the playoffs are around the corner.

"Coming down the home stretch, trying to fine tune things, " said LaMarcus Aldridge. "Trying to get better every night, I think game is good for us right now."

The Cavs are a team also fighting for that top playoff position with the Boston Celtics in the East. 

"This will be good for us going down the stretch, getting some play off games before the playoffs start," said Tyronn Lue.

Since the Labron James came into the league the Spurs have given him fits, going into tonight he is 17-22 all time against the Spurs, those battles in the regular season and the NBA Finals, have just solidified his respect for the way the Spurs play the game every night. 

"Pop does a great job making sure these guys understand and like listen, 'we are here to win and we are here to win every single day but we are going to do it playing the right way' and all those guys buy into it." 

The Spurs would like to buy into another win of LeBron and the Cavs. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. from the AT&T Center.


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