Game Preview #59: New Orleans Hornets @ San Antonio Spurs

We play the NOOCH tonight. It seems like it was just Monday when we played them last. It was? Well, let's hope history repeats itself in more ways than one tonight. I'm feeling uncharacteristically optimistic today. Plus, there's the benefit of the game being broadcast on national TV (ESPN), meaning we don't have to listen to the Hornets' announcers for a second game in a row.

Having just sat through three days of training on "Advanced Work Zone Management and Design", I'm just happy to be able to watch some basketball. Although it's not necessarily a bad thing that I missed the craptacular Oklahoma State - Texas A&M game on Wednesday. Oy! March Madness can't get here soon enough.

Since tonight's game has a bit of a Deja Vu feeling, I present you with this:


Hopefully, everyone here can appreciate the greatness of Monty Python.

Now for the basketball related preview (and yes, some of this is cut and paste from Monday's game).

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New Orleans Hornets @ San Antonio Spurs
Where: AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
When: March 5, 2010; 8:30 PM Spurs time
Watch: KENS, ESPN


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How They Stack Up
21-10 Home 20-11
13-14 Road 11-20
100.8
Offense 99.7
96.7 Defense 101.4
47.0 FG% 45.6
36.1
3-pt% 36.0
74.5
FT% 79.0
42.4
Rebounds 40.9
13.0
TOs 12.6
6-4 Last 10 4-6
Won 1
Streak Lost 3
2nd, Southwest Position 4th,Southwest

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Sydney 10:30 AM
Tokyo
9:30 AM
Philippines/Perth 8:30 AM
Egypt 4:30 AM
Central Europe
3:30 AM
Argentina 11:30 PM
US Time Zones
Eastern
9:30 PM
Mountain
7:30 PM
Pacific 6:30 PM

Spurs
(34-24)
Matchups

Hornets
(31-31)

Tony Parker
Baguette

Point Guard

Collison has been playing well in Paul's absence, but he's still a rookie. Tony's minutes are down lately due to his multiple boo-boos, but he's still scoring efficiently.

Advantage: Spurs


Darren Collison
Rookie

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George Hill
Mountain

Shooting Guard

Wow, has Georgie been playing great lately or what? Not only is his scoring up, but he's eating up major minutes without any downturn in his play. Peterson didn't do much against us the last game.

Advantage: Spurs


Morris Peterson
Not Thornton

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Richard Jefferson
Somewhat Angry

Small Forward

I'm back on the RJ bandwagon (join me, there's plenty of room). The stats might not show much improvement, but it's like he's a new player. I'm loving his newfound aggressiveness on both ends of the court. Peja is still not shooting well.

Advantage: Spurs


Peja Stojakovic
Not a Shooter

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Tim Duncan
The Man

Power Forward

West is a good player, but he was a bit of a chucker in the last game. Timmeh put up a ho-hum 22 & 9 on Mondays. He's old - let's trade him.

Advantage: Spurs


David West
Inefficient Chucker

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Antonio McDyess
Rested

Center

I'm assuming that Dice will be playing. He got the last game off, a little sore from his knee scare. Okafor quietly goes about his business, putting up solid numbers game after game.

Advantage: Hornets


Emeka Okafor
Solid Big Man

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Manu Ginobili
Back in Black

Bench & Role Players

In my eyes, Manu is back to form. His confidence has skyrocketed lately, and he's back to his awe-inspiring, crazy ways. Thornton went off in the last game. He's shooting over 40% from 3-pt land, and has put up double-digits in his last 9 games.

Advantage: Tied


Marcus Thornton
Crazy Hot

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Gregg Popovich
Still Needs a Beard

Coach

I don't think I need to explain why Pop gets the white box.

Advantage: Spurs


Jeff Bower
Looks Like Your Friendly I.R.S. agent
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

We're playing at home, coming off of two wins. The Bees have lost 3 in a row.

Advantage: Hornets

Mojo

The Mojo is dead.

Advantage: No One

Winner:

We've been playing well lately. We need to keep the wins coming.

Keys To The Game

  • Protect the Paint - The Hornets have good big guys. The Spurs need to make sure they don't make a living in the lane.
  • Defend Thornton - The rookie went off against us the last game, going 6-7 from behind the arc. That is not acceptable defense.
  • Balance the Baskets - Our success against the Bees had a lot to do with the balanced scoring. Getting four or more in double digits would be a success.

Strength of Schedule

This is a FIGABABA, with the Spurs traveling to Memphis tomorrow night. The Spurs haven't played since Monday. The Hornets lost at Memphis on Wednesday night, and they don't play again until Monday.

Last Time They Met

For those of you who can't remember all the way back to Monday, the Spurs beat the Hornets 106-92. We had six guys in double digits; they did not.

Some Other Reading

Hornets

At The Hive - The SB Nation site for the Hornets.
Hornets 24/7 - The NOOCH's TrueHoop affiliate.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: The best TrueHoop team blog. A must read.
Project Spurs: Check out their podcasts and articles.

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired on KENS in San Antonio and nationally on ESPN (Woo Hoo!). 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 poundingtherock@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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