Game #45 Preview: Spurs at Warriors - Ornery in Oakland

Spurs and Warriors go at it again tonight at 9:30 pm. These two teams have already played out 2/4 of their series with the Spurs winning handily each game. The average margin of victory for the Spurs is 22.5 points. In both games, the Spurs won every quarter. How will this play out this time? More of the same. Although a brutal beat down was given on Saturday, the Spurs will be in fighting form for their annual rodeo trip circuit. This is the time when Pop and his troops soldier on into enemy territory. They will be playing 11 out of the 12 upcoming games away. Expect this year's Spurs team to be tempered by fire. The bench will really have to step up and play like starters because the Spurs are looking at 3 SEGABABAs, 1 FOGAFINI and attached to a FIGASENI. It will be Hell ladies and gents, but it will be a trial that can only bring out what this team really needs to work on: defense.

The boys will be tired, worn out, physically, emotionally, spiritually by the end of this long march. Tapped. Gassed. Yet, they will have to be forced to dig deep, find that small, barely burning ember and bring it forth to shine brightly and blind their opponents with its brilliance. That brilliance being defense. Upon whose shoulders do we find such a task for focusing this group? Why, Pop of course. And who else would you trust to lead your beloved team into the jaws of tyranny? No one. With his floor general Manu, his quick slashing guard, TP, and old faithful, the GOATPUFF, Pop will advance his squad into the teeth of the enemy and place them into a rear-naked choke that leaves the enemy gasping to be released from their defensive stranglehold.


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San Antonio Spurs vs/@ Golden State Warriors
Where: Oracle Arena

When: 1/24/11. 9:30 pm Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: Fox SW


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By the Numbers

Data sources:
hoopdata.com | basketball-reference.com | John Hollinger's team stats

Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 109.6
(1st)
100.3
(6th)
Rebound %
25.48
(17th)
75.28
(7th)
Field Goal % 47
(5th)
45.1
(14th)
3-Point % 39.9
(t-2nd)
39.2
(29th)
Free Throw %
77.7
(10th)
73.7
(t-23rd)
Free Throw Rate
30.7
(14th)
24.2
(1st)
Turnover %
12.84
(4th)
16th
(13.56)
Assist %
21.85
(5th)
53.97
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 104.9
(14th)
108.6
(27th)
Rebound %
27.63
(8th)
63.38
(30th)
Field Goal % 45.8
(16th)
46.9
(24th)
3-Point % 40.6
(1st)
36.4
(17th)
Free Throw %
73.7
(t-23rd)
77.7
(10th)
Free Throw Rate
25
(30th)
35.9
(29th)
Turnover %
22nd
(13.96)
5th
(14.8)
Assist %
20.63
(10th)
64.38
(30th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 37 7
Conference 24 4
Division 6 3
Home 24 2
Away 13 5
Position Conference Division
Record 1st 1st
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Manu Ginobili
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: DeJuan Blair
C: Tim Duncan

Key Bench Players
Gary Neal
George Hill
Antonio McDyess

Record Wins Losses
Overall 19 24
Conference 11 16
Division 4 6
Home 13 7
Away 6 17
Position Conference Division
Record 12th 3rd
Lineups

Starters
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Dorell Wright
PF: Andris Biedrins
C: David Lee

Key Bench Players
Vladimir Radmanovic
Reggie Williams

Matchup Analysis


Point Guard
Shooting Guard

Small Forward
Power Forward
Center
Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Curry scores a lot of points and he passes the ball. Sorry TP, I would take you in the playoffs anytime but at this point I am going with Curry.

SG: Manu is tired. Not sure if he is rested or not. Last five games he has averaged 14 points and a -.2 turnover rating. He is the coach on the floor and the coach is really tired. Got to go with Monta on this one.

SF: RJ has been in a slump - funny because people are still talking about how well RJ has been playing this season compared to last season. He looks more like RJ 1.0. Dorell has been playing well lately.

PF: the Beast has been nearly averaging a double-double in the past five games.

C: GOATPUFF dominates at will.

Bench

Still the best bench in the League

Coaching

Popovich

Intangibles

Spurs are starting the Rodeo Trip - it's going to be a long one if they don't pull this out

Mojo

It was thriving and then some giant bug squashed it

Prediction

Spurs by 10

Key(s) to the Game

Key 1 -Defense. Keep them off the three point line.

Key 2 - GOATPUFF and the Beast must dominate the paint. Golden State has one of the weakest interior defenses - why not take advantage and slowly wear them down?

Key 3 - Get to the free stripe and make them count. Just like my old high school coach said, "Freethrows win games"

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Project Spurs

Spurs Planet

OPPONENT

Golden State of Mind

Following Along

Television

Fox SW

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

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