Game Preview #36: San Antonio Spurs At Oklahoma City Thunder

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In my mind, this is the dipstick game.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Where: County Fairgrounds - OKC, OK
When: January 13, 2010; 7:00 PM Spurs time
Watch: FoxSW


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How They Stack Up
17-6 Home 11-8
6-7 Road 10-8
102.0
Offense 98.6
95.3 Defense 96.1
48.7 FG% 45.7
39.4
3-pt% 32.2
74.8
FT% 78.8
42.0
Rebounds 41.2
14.2
TOs 15.5
8-2 Last 10 8-2
Won 2
Streak Won 2
2nd, Southwest Position 3rd, Northwest

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 10:00 PM
West Coast
5:00 PM
Philippines 9:00 AM
Central Europe 2:00 AM
Palestine/Egypt 3:00 AM
East Coast 8:00 PM
Hell Frozen Over
6:00 PM
Perth, AUS 9:00 AM
Tokyo, JP 10:00 AM
Sydney, AUS 11:30 AM

Spurs
(22-13)
Matchups

Thunder
(29-8)

Tony Parker
The French Maid

Point Guard

I give Tony a slight advantage here. Westbrook is a really tough matchup for Tony and really gave us problems earlier in the year.

Advantage: Spurs


Russell Westbrook
The Swiss Miss

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Manu Ginobili
"FANGIO!"

Shooting Guard

Advantage: Spurs


THABO!!!
Some Glue

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Richard Jefferson
RATM

Small Forward

RJ actually matches up well with KD. Still have to give the edge to the Thunder Stick.

Advantage: Thunder


Kevin Durant
It's Your Boy Friend

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Tim Duncan
"..."

Power Forward

These guys won't go head to head much, neither can cover the other.

Advantage: Spurs


Jeff Green
Poe Tential

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DeJuan Blair
"Lol!!!1!"

Center

Slight nod to the Stick on this one.

Advantage: Thunder


Nenad Krstic
Eh!

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George Hill.
"Ian is the future."

Bench & Role Players

I have to go with our crew on this one. And, they better be good tonight because I expect that we'll lean heavily on the bench tonight.

Advantage: Spurs


James Harden
Shifty Lefty

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Gregg Popovich
4 rings

Coach

Very slightly.

Advantage: Spurs


Scott Brooks
Family Ties
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

All Hail the SEGABABA

Advantage: Thunder

Mojo

We didn't desert an entire city. That's a lot of terrible mojo.

Advantage: Spurs

Winner:

Sad to say, but I do not like this one at all.

Keys To The Game

  • Rage - He needs to make Durant work really hard for his shots.
  • 3-pt shooting - They won't be able to hang with Tim in the middle. We need to hit shots and we need to defend the 3-pt line well.

Strength of Schedule

We are crawling in on a SEGABABA. Not good. OKC beat the Knicks way more handily than we did on Sunday, and have another day off before heading to Dallas on Friday.

Last Time They Met

The first time we met they dropped a 101-98 loss on us in SA.

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired on FoxSW

Online

As always, NBA League Pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Most Spurs games will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

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.

NBA League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out.

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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