San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder in Austin Preview

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Yippety! Yippety! Yippety! The Spurs are playing in MY town.

Here's your preview. Second to last preseason game. 9 days until the regular season starts.

I'm ready to get this freak on and shake it and break it. In fact, I'm ready to "Dance To The Music". (It's playing right now. I think it's a sign.)

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San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Where: Erwin Center - Austin, TX
When: October 20, 2009, 7:30 PM Spurs time
Watch: NONE - M10R


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How They Stack Up
0-0 Home 0-0
0-0 Road 0-0
0.0 Offense 0.0
0.0 Defense 0.0
0 FG% 0
0 3-pt% 0
0 FT% 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 TOs 0
0-0 Last 10 0-0
N/A Streak N/A
Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 9:30 PM
Armpit of America 5:30 PM
Philippines 8:30 AM
Central Europe 2:30 AM
Palestine/Egypt 2:30 AM
Hater's Coast 8:30 PM
Forgotten Time Zone 6:30 PM
Perth Australia 8:30 AM
Tokyo 9:30 AM
Sydney, Australia 11:30 AM

Spurs
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Matchups

Thunder
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Tony Parker
NBA Usain Bolt

Point Guard

Tony's just wicked fast and a polished vet. Westbrook is about to start his second season. He's massively talented. He needs to show that he's getting better. I expect he'll really work to see if he can slow Tony down. I bet no.

Advantage: Spurs


Russell Westbrook
The Sophomore

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Manu Ginobili
The Alfajore

Shooting Guard

Another matchup in the Spurs favor where the opposition has a vested interest in showing their defensive chops.

Advantage: Spurs


Thabo Sefolosha
Bruce Bowen Light

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Richard Jefferson
The New Guy

Small Forward

By definition, I hate the opposing players. I like Kevin Durant. I don't see anything not to like about him. Plus, he's a freak who can ball. Last year, a check always went into the opposition box here. Or, for you veterans, the ATS white dot wasn't on the Spurs SF. I expect it to be there a lot this year. But we've got no ATS white dot now. It's the ATS white box.

Advantage: Thunder


Kevin Durant
The Hometown Guy

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Tim Duncan
The Foundation

Power Forward

Jeff Green is an enigma. He's good, but is he really good? Doesn't matter. It's the preseason.

Advantage: Spurs


Jeff Green
The Gifted?

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Antonio McDyess
The Other New Guy

Center

Krstic has a nice mid-range game and he was a good mid-season pick up last year for the Thunder. Dyess has a nice mid-range game and he was a good off-season pick up this summer.

Advantage: Draw (Positive)


Nenad Krstic
The Sidekick

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DeJuan Blair
Rookie #37

Bench & Role Players

Harden has long arms. You know what, that's just a longer fulcrum for DeJuan to generate more speed for launching him. (That's not a picture of Harden. It's Etan Thomas.)

Advantage: Spurs


James Harden
Rookie #3

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Gregg Popovich
The Old Me

Coach

Not much to say.

Advantage: Spurs


Scott Brooks
Young Punk
images via yahoo.com

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Intangibles

We have a few guys fighting for a roster spot. And they are good. They have some other guys who are marginal. I like our guys.

Advantage: Spurs

Mojo

They gave us hell last year. Mojo respects that. Advantage: Thunder

Winner

Yeah, I'm going with them. Durant will be motivated.

Keys To The Game

  • The Refs - Will Durant shoot 20+ free throws?
  • Three Ballin' - I'd like to know if we are going to be a great 3-point shooting team this year.
  • Hairston vs Williams vs Bogans - These guys have one more week, and two more games, to seal their fate.

Last Time They Met

I don't recall the date or the outcome. I know we were fighting for playoff seeding and they kept kicking our ass.

Some Other Reading

Thunder

Welcome To Loud City - The Thunder SBN blog. Pappa G has come alive now that the offseason is over.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: I'd like these guys more if they didn't hate on Eric today.
Project Spurs: I haven't checked it out in a little while. They are now part of their own blog network, as well. They are the OTHER blog included at mysa.com.

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired nationwide on ESPN. NOT!

Online

This game will be streamed at NBA.com. NOT!

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". You can also shoot an email to dmenendez@gmail.com for more assistance.

Spurs League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out. NOT! League Pass Audio hasn't worked all pre-season.

Radio

If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).

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