Game #54 Preview: Spurs @ Wizards

Good day PTR! We're nearing the end of the annual Rodeo Road Trip. I've been a proud member of PTR for just over 2 and a half seasons now, and this is my first ever Game Preview. So please bare with me. Once I get it, I'll get it. I promise! :) (Special thanks to Big50, and JRW for their asistance.)

As the Spurs have gotten off to a 44-9 start, the Washington Wizards have been the opposite. They currently sit at a lowly 14 victories, good for dead last in the Southeast Division. They have yet to win on the road this year. The million dollar question, though, is, even with only 14 wins, is this season still better than last? I mean, we know what a disaster that was -- for Washington, that is. Beloved, long time - and one of the best in the league - owner Abe Pollin passes away, Gilbert Arenas has the locker room incident, gets suspended for the rest of the season, and into lottery land the Wizards remain  fall. After the season ends, they land the number 1 pick and select John Wall, essentially turning the team over to him.  Early this season they swing a massive blockbuster trade with Orlando, and trade Gil's untradeable contract. Rashard Lewis is in town taking Gil's place. Things can only go up from here. Let's do this.

Besides a bunch of Wizard of Oz clips, and this, the Sabbath clip was the best thing 'Wizard' related I could find on You Tube.

 

                                          Black Sabbath - The Wizard (Ozzfest 2005) (via riffmajster)

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San Antonio Spurs @ Washington Wizards
Where: Verizon Center
When: Sat., February 12th, 7pm Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: Fox Sports


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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 109.4
(2nd)
100.9
(7th)
Rebound %
25.6
(19th)
74.8
(8th)
Field Goal % 47.2
(3rd)
45.1
(12th)
3-Point % 39.5
(1st)
37.9
(29th)
Free Throw %
77.2
(12th)
74.6
(4th)
Turnover %
12.9
(8th)
13.1
(17th)
Assist %
60.2
(8th)
53.5
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 99.7
(28th)
106.4
(20th)
Rebound %
26.3
(15th)
70.6
(29th)
Field Goal % 44.4
(23rd)
47.1
(26th)
3-Point % 33.9
(23rd)
37.5
(25th)
Free Throw %
76.3
(18th)
74.9
(7th)
Turnover %
14.3
(23rd)
14.5
(5th)
Assist %
55.8
(21st)
58.6
(11th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 44 9
Conference 29 5
Division 7 3
Home 25 2
Away 19 7
     
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
George Hill
Gary Neal
Matt Bonner
Tiago Splitter
Antonio McDyess

Record Wins Losses
Overall 14 37
Conference 9 23
Division 1 10
Home 14 12
Away 0 25
     
Position Conference Division
Record 13th last
Lineups

Starters
PG: John Wall
SG: Nick Young
SF: Rashard Lewis
PF: Andray Blatche
C: JaVale McGee

Key Bench Players
Kirk Hinrich
Al Thornton
Yi Jianlian

 

Matchup Analysis

 
Point Guard  
  Shooting Guard
Small Forward  
Power Forward  
  Center
Bench  
Coach  
Intangibles  
Mojo  
Winner  

Starters

PG: Parker needs to dominate Fisher. John Wall is having a good rookie season. He's clearly the leader of this team. If it weren't for some scrub on the Clippers, he'd probably have ROY wrapped up by now.

SG: Manu, by a nose. A biiiig nose.

SF:  RJ 2.0 is a much better bang for the buck, this season.

PF: Blatche is leading the team with 8.1 boards per game, but Timmy is the GOAT.

C: Also in his second year, JaVale McGee is averaging 9 and 7. But he gets the edge because of his height and 2.4 blocks per game.

Bench

I've always been a fan of Captain Kirk Hinrich, since his Bulls days. When rookie Derrick Rose came along and took the starting spot he held for the past 5 seasons, he handled it like a man and didn't gripe. But, after Kirk and Al Thornton it doesn't look too promising down the pine. I think George and Gary give their subs a work out.

Coaching

Pop > Flip Saunders

Intangibles

Quinn and Novak on the floor together?

Mojo

The trip is nearing an end...

Prediction

Tim, Tony, and Manu sit the 4th. Quinn in. Spurs get the 'W.'

Key(s) to the Game

Key 1 - Defense.

Key 2 - Offensive Rebounding!

Key 3 - If the jumpers are not falling, don't be afraid to drive it, for goodness sakes!

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell - What more needs to be said?

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs 

Spurs Nation 

Wizards

www.bulletsforever.com - SB Nation
www.truthaboutit.net  - True Hoop

Following Along

TV 

Fox Sports

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

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.

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