Tonight, the Spurs square off against their newest nemesis. Last year, we got the better of the up-and-coming Thunder, winning 3 of our 4 games against them. The year prior to that, however, their length and athleticism was like kryptonite for the Spurs. Did we get lucky last year, or was two years ago the fluke?
According to the media narrative, we're old and in the way - but with time comes wisdom, and these whippersnappers don't know what they've got coming to them. Time will tell.
Also, watch this Tim Duncan tribute, since we're talking about how old this Spurs team is. (h/t to Drewlius of SpursTalk)
Enemy Blogging: Welcome To Loud City
San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder
|Tony Parker||PG||Russell Westbrook|
|Manu Ginobili||SG||Thabo Sefolosha|
|Richard Jefferson||SF||Kevin Durant|
|DeJuan Blair||PF||Jeff Green|
|Tim Duncan||C||Byron Mullens|
Point Guard: In the game against Caja Laboral, Tony seemed to show everyone that he's "back". Tonight, though, he's facing one of the better up-and-coming point guards int he league. Westbrook was critical to team USA's success in this summers olympics, and seems to have a knack for disruption and solid D. Tony's got his work cut out for him. Vive Baguette!
Bench: Both teams have a lot of quality players on the bench, and it'll be interesting to see who the difference makers will be tonight for both squads. Also, the Thunder had 19 players on their roster as of their last game, so they might be the first team to use just as many players in a preseason game as the Spurs, who only have 16 remaining.
Key to the Game
Defense is going to be the key to this game. OKC is excellent at using their length to disrupt their opponent's offense, and this Spurs team is largely unproven on that end of the floor.
Watching/Listening to the Game
This game is not being aired in San Antonio. My only hope is that it is being aired in OKC, which would enable someone to find video(see below for instructions on video feeds).
As always, NBA league pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game 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. You can also shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (IMPORTANT: please include your PtR username in the email) for more assistance.
League Pass Audio is still free this year, so check it out.
If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).
A Look Ahead
On Thursday, the Rockets come to town in a rematch of the preseason opener that the Spurs lost in Houston. That'll be the final game of the preseason, as the Pacers will be in town on October 27th for the regular season opener.