Believe it or not, the Spurs actually won on this rodeo trip. Considering the local myth is that the rodeo trip is where every year our teams shapes up and gets those championship juices flowing, I can't help but wonder why we're not panicking right now.
I imagine it's a combination of two things: Manu's injury helps put things in perspective, conventional wisdom telling us it's more important to reach the playoffs healthy than to win games now - and it probably also helps that the other teams are once more rapidly decomposing. Amaré out, KG probably hurt, T-Mac out for the season, New Orleans trying desperately to trade Chandler only for him to be returned because of a toe...
Probably not good for the league, but why should we care? People love to say the Spurs on their own aren't good the league.
Tonight we face the mighty Wizards, currently the second worst team in the NBA (I'm sure they thank the Kings every night for their sacrifice) and with more injured players than we would have if we had five Manus. I'm too tired to write a proper preview, so we'll be experimenting a bit...
Preview after the jump:
Keys To The Game
Some other reading
In the short time I had to spare, the only Wizards blog I would recommend is the resident SB Nation blog: Bullets Forever.
Yes yes yes, now that's a name for a blog. Eff this "Wizards"/"Thunder" crap. The writers are great and far more productive than us (but not as good looking), and they can even be funny. The only thing lacking is fans, I guess, but I blame than on the Wizards.
Other things of possible interest
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 50 posts of the thread.ATDHE.net
OneNation (This is an archive of NBA games, but it hasn't been updated lately.)
BitTorrent Davka (A torrent site where you will find most of the latest games in the league. Bookmark.)
Recap: Recaps are so November. We're past them, and deep into random chat. Which is good, I guess, because we're turning into a close-knit group that will destroy their opponents come playoff time.
Ahno, wait. Those are the Spurs.
If you want to listen to music while you wait, check this out. Much better than ATS's weakass Radio Paradise.