Game Thread #30: Vs. Grizzlies

So we got our Christmas Miracle after all. Once again, in Mason we trust.

You'll have to excuse the half-assed preview, but I'm out of town at a cybercafe and it's 5 AM. I promise to do a proper job with the Bucks preview, since by then I'll be back from visiting the family, and afterwards Sir ATS should be back to take over with his usual panache.

So look forward to that.

Game Time: 7:30 Spurs Time, 11:30 Argentina
10:30 am Perth, 2:30 pm CET

Officials: TBA

Tim Duncan
Michael Finley

Kyle Lowry
O.J. Mayo
The Good O.J.
Marc Gasol
Lesser Gasol
Darrell Arthur
Not Darko
Rudy Gay
Just Rudy
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11-5 Home 8-8
8-5 Road 2-11
96.6 Offense 94.0
93.3 Defense 99.5
46.4 FG% 46.3
39.9 3-pt% 34.2
75.1 FT% 76.2
40.9 Rebounds 38.1
12.3 TO's 14.6
8-2 Last 10 5-5
W 4 Streak W 1


  • Point Guard - Tony can ball, even though SiMA isn't wrong. Lowry? Not so much.
  • Off Guard - Can we stop claiming Rose is the best rookie? OJ is a real scoring threat and he had great games againts us both times we played this year. It's also true that in the last few games he hasn't been nearly as brilliant, and - he's not Manu. Let's try to keep him covered, though, just in case.
  • Center - Darko 1.0 (the original, accept no imitations) was starting last game, but then he went and broke a knucle. So I expect him to be out for a month or so, and Marc Gasol to get back the starting position. That Darko 1.0 and Darrell Arthur both got the nod over Marc is damning enough.
  • Power Forward - Darrell Arthur doesn't seem to be a good basketball player, and he barely did anything against the Spurs in the two matchups this season. Red Rocket should get his points.
  • Small Forward - Rudy Gay scored at will in our last encounter. Also, he's not Finley.
  • Bench - "Mason" suddenly seems like a great name for my firstborn. Hill can play against this team, and has proven as much.
  • Coach - So who could we pick over Pop in this league? Seriously. I can only think of ties against the best hall-of-fame coaches. For further reference check this fanpost regarding Pop's win record.
  • Intangibles - The Grizzlies are 8-8 at home and 2-11 on the road. Can we read something in this stat? I don't like to admit it, but I think we can: they always suck, but they try real hard at sucking when on the road. The Spurs are confident, and have won all the games they were supposed to win this season.
  • Mojo - Santa is on our side. The Mojo battle was won before it started.
  • Winners - Spurs will finish their year winning, and they only have themselves and the piece-of-cake schedule to thank.

Keys To The Game

  • Suckitude - We sucked against the Suns. Well, except for those final 4.5 seconds.
  • Softness - Winning on the road at Phoenix on Christmas? On national TV after losing to the Hornets and the Magic? At the buzzer? Okay... I guess we're not at hard mattress level.
  • Hill - Hill can lick his own elbow, that's how good he is.

Some other reading

I wasn't able to find much. Either this cybercafe's google is broken, or Memphis needs more bloggers. Please let me know if you guys can find any other sites to put here:

3 Shades of Blue (Definitely worth checking. If only because their banned has a freaking DUNKING BEAR.)

Other things of possible interest

For post-game quotes and a video recap of The Spurs Christmas Miracle, check out

Game feeds

Check this game thead at gametime for specific links to good quality feeds. If you arrive late in the game, there game feed links are usually among the first 30 posts of the thread.

Recap: Scrappy Doo said he'd do this recap, but I don't remember reading a post by him in a long time. In case he can't make it and one of you wants to pick the recap, check the guidelines.

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