Yeah, the Cavs swept SA this year. The first game was very early in the season down in Texas. Cavs won, and Lebron had that semi-famous dunk over Tim Duncan.
Cavs have actually matched-up quite well w/ the Spurs since Lebron arrived. I think Cleveland is quietly a very tough team for SA. Bowen is a defensive ace, but for whatever reason, Lebron torches him. There are other defenders in the league that seem to give Lebron more problems than Bowen-- I think the size difference may have something to do with it.
Also, Duncan is a star, but he's actually the kind of player that Z can defend. Z is slow and gets beat by quicker big men. Duncan will score on anyone down low, but Z's size can help keep TD from scoring at will like we've seen him do over the last two rounds of the playoffs. Varejao is also a very annoying defender for any big man. Throw in Gooden and the Cavs can bang with the best of them.
Cleveland got smoked this year by teams like Dallas and Phoenix. Smaller teams that run and hit you from all angles. But Cleveland matches up well with bigger, slower teams.
In the end, no matter what, you've gotta go with the Spurs. They are simply too solid all over the floor-- a true dynasty. And as a Cavs fan, I'm not sure who on our team can check Tony Parker-- THAT is a bad match-up for us. But I do think Cleveland will pester SA and would give them a more compelling, interesting series than Detroit would.
BTW.......here's that Lebron dunk over TD: