Game Preview #73: San Antonio Spurs @ New Jersey Nets

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Another quality win last time out, eh? No time to celebrate because we're immediately taking on a real challenge - facing the luckless New Jersey Nets. Don't laugh now. This game isn't to be taken lightly. As athletes might say, it's difficult going up against a team with nothing to lose. Well... the Nets are fighting to avoid beating the record for futility in a regular season, so there's that to be wary about.

But with crygasm-inducing performances from Manu Ginobili the last few games, what do we need to worry about, right? Right. A couple of tribute photos to TMWNS and of course, a preview deserving of this Spurs-Nets game after the jump.

Here's a song and video tribute for The Man With No Name.

Badass Westerns are cool.

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Even with those twin revolvers, he's still pretty relaxed.

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And transgojobot already put this nice 'chop in a FanShot, but I reckon it's deserving of another look.

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Weaksauce.

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Let's get this show up and running.

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San Antonio Spurs @ New Jersey Nets
Where: Izod Center - East Rutherford, NJ
When: March 29, 2010; 6:30 PM Spurs time
Watch: FSN SW(San Antonio); YES(NY/NJ)


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How They Stack Up
26-11 Home 5-31
18-17 Road 4-33
101.1
Offense 91.3
96.2 Defense 101.2
47.2 FG% 42.6
36.5
3-pt% 32.2
74.4
FT% 77.6
42.5
Rebounds 39.4
12.9
TOs 13.6
7-3 Last 10 2-8
Won 2
Streak Lost 1
2nd, Southwest Position Last, NBA

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 8:30 PM
West Coast
4:30 PM
Philippines 7:30 AM
Central Europe 12:30 AM
Palestine/Egypt 12:30 AM
East Coast 7:30 PM
Mountains
5:30 PM
Perth, AUS 6:30 AM
Tokyo, JP 7:30 AM
Sydney, AUS 9:30 AM

Spurs
(44-28)
Matchups

Nets
(9-64)

George Hill
SHHF

Point Guard

George has been going up against top level competition at the PG and SG spots lately, and he's really showing that he belongs. He goes up against a speedster this time in Devin Harris, so it'll be another test. If Hill passes this one with flying colors, I might have to give him the benefit of the WVATS white box next time.

Advantage: Nets


Devin Harris
Tony's nemesis

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Manu Ginobili
TMWNS

Shooting Guard

Despite Lee being a decent defender, he can't stop The Man With No Swaggadocio.

Advantage: Spurs


Courtney Lee
Solid Soph

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Richard Jefferson
RATM

Small Forward

With his fine performance against an elite team, RJ finally earns the tighty whities. And also because the match up in this position is very much in his favor, so I expect another good game, Princess.

Advantage: Spurs


Jarvis Hayes
Can and Will Be Dominated

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Tim Duncan
GPFOAT

Power Forward

I'm hoping Yi won't realize Tim's not his usual self and won't run circles around him. I'm also hoping Pop gives TD the night off. It is the Nets, after all.

Advantage: Spurs


Yi Jianlan
Can Post Up A Chair

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Antonio McDyess
SAM

Center

I'm pretty much undecided on how Dice is going to be a factor for us come playoff time, but I do know when that time comes, he will play his heart out. For now, Brook Lopez is a talented big and will pose problems for the "intimidating" frontline of San Antonio.

Advantage: Nets


Brook Lopez
The Better Twin

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DeJuan Blair
BFO

Bench & Role Players

Slam, BAM, thank you, ma'am. Bonner proved to be the better Ginger last game (He dominated KG? Are you kidding me?!), so hopefully it inspires confidence.

CD-R is like Manu-ultralite - he can score with the best of 'em - and Terrence Williams is a good athletic rookie that can make plays.

Advantage: Spurs


Chris Douglas-Roberts
CD-R

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Gregg Popovich
GOML

Coach

Kiki Vandeweghe was the Nuggets GM when they drafted 'Melo, so I'll cut him some slack. Wait, he's a coach now?

Advantage: Spurs


Kiki Vandeweghe
Depressed
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

The Spurs are playing some inspired basketball, thanks to you know who's lack of swagger.

Advantage: Spurs

Mojo

R.I.P. - Mojo

Advantage: None

Winner:

TRAP GAME. But I'm still pulling for a win. Best case is to also get TD and Manu some much-needed and well-deserved rest.

Keys To The Game

  • Keep Up The Intensity - The team must be able to move on after a big road win and focus on the task at hand. To maintain focus on a SEGABABA and against the NBA's worst team will be difficult, but our last game against OKC shows that this team can do what it takes to rise above tired legs.
  • Blazing Start - I can't underscore how much we need to put this game away early - our Youngevity endorsers need to rest.
  • Respect The Opponent - The Nets already beat Boston this season, and have been competing hard to avoid matching the NBA's worst regular season record. So yes, this is a trap game. Whatever that means.

Strength of Schedule

After finishing 2-1 on a very tough three-game stretch, the NBA's schedule makers finally let up on us with tonight's match up. However, things will again get tough as the Spurs return home to face a slipping but always dangerous Rockets team, then a red-hot Orlando Magic club, before making a trip to Hollywood to seek revenge. Please be reminded that there will only be a day's rest in between the next few games.

The Nets, meanwhile, have a dreaded three-game homestand playing host to the West. After the Spurs, they host the Suns, then the Hornets.

Last Time They Met

Our win against New Jersey early on wasn't really convincing, but we managed to tough it out, 97-85. Brook Lopez went bonkers for 28 points, but guess what? This was the Yawn break out game - 15 points on 6-6 shooting and 9 rebounds.

Some Other Reading

Nets

Nets Daily - The SBNation blog for Nets fans. Surprisingly, it's more active than PtR in terms of visits and page views.
Nets Are Scorching - The TrueHoop blog for NJ. Pretty good stuff here, but they seem pretty jaded, for obvious reasons.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: The best TrueHoop team blog is now even better, after adding two new writers. Congrats to Jesse and Andrew, who are already doing good work.
Project Spurs: Check out their regular podcasts. I think they love Manu as much as we do, if that's possible.

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired on FSN Southwest in SA, and YES in the New York/New Jersey area. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel. And of course, there's always League Pass for the haves. For the have nots, read on.

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 poundingtherockmail@yahoo.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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