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Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty ImagesTim Duncan might be the NBA's best player since Michael Jordan.

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While the Spurs were winning four titles in nine years, it was one man who stood tall. Which is why Tim Duncan is the true MVP. Marc Stein

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CAVS-SPURS RESEARCH NOTES

• In each of their three previous trips to the NBA Finals (1999, 2003, 2005), the San Antonio Spurs have won the NBA title.

• This is the Cleveland Cavaliers' first trip to the NBA Finals.

• Since 1983-84 the team with home-court advantage in the NBA Finals is 17-6.

• Road teams are 16-44 all time in Game 1 of the NBA Finals (.267 win pct.). Of those 16 winners, only eight of them went on to win the title.

• The team that wins Game 1 of the NBA Finals wins the series 71.7 percent of the time (43-17). All NBA Finals have been best-of-seven series.

• Eight different players on the Spurs bring a combined 103 games of NBA Finals experience into this series. Only one player from the Cavaliers has previous Finals experience. That player is Eric Snow, who was on 1996 Sonics and the 2001 76ers (11 total games).

• Notes compiled by Peter Newmann, ESPN research

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NBA PLAYOFF BRACKET
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PLAYER MATCHUPS

CAVALIERS SPURS
L. HughesL. Hughes
Points: 14.9
Rebounds: 3.8
Assists: 3.7
PGT. ParkerT. Parker
Points: 18.6
Rebounds: 3.2
Assists: 5.5
S. PavlovicS. Pavlovic
Points: 9.0
Rebounds: 2.4
Assists: 1.6
SGM. FinleyM. Finley
Points: 9.0
Rebounds: 2.7
Assists: 1.3
L. JamesL. James
Points: 27.3
Rebounds: 6.7
Assists: 6.0
SFB. BowenB. Bowen
Points: 6.2
Rebounds: 2.7
Assists: 1.4
D. GoodenD. Gooden
Points: 11.1
Rebounds: 8.5
Assists: 1.1
PFT. DuncanT. Duncan
Points: 20.0
Rebounds: 10.6
Assists: 3.4
Z. IlgauskasZ. Ilgauskas
Points: 11.9
Rebounds: 7.7
Assists: 1.6
CF. ElsonF. Elson
Points: 5.0
Rebounds: 4.8
Assists: 0.8

TEAM STATS (Regular Season)

  CAVALIERS SPURS
PPG 96.8 98.5
RPG 43.5 40.7
APG 20.8 22.1
FG% 44.728 47.393
FT% 69.573 75.051
3P% .352 .381

SEASON SERIES

Cleveland leads 2-0
Nov 3, 2006 CLE 88, @SA 81Recap | Box Score
Jan 2, 2007 @CLE 82, SA 78Recap | Box Score

PLAYOFF HISTORY

CLE SAS
Championships: 0 Championships: 3
Last Championship: N/A Last Championship: 2005
Last Season:
Lost in Eastern Conference semifinals
Last Season:
Lost in Western Conference semifinals

Injury Report

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

cle No recent injuries

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

sas No recent injuries

Traveling Call

Mavs ready to face music Being whistled for traveling is a good thing in the playoffs. Where will you be watching? From your couch? Or from the high-intensity confines of a postseason arena alongside thousands of other adrenaline-fueled hoops junkies?

Be There: Playoff Travel Guide