Game #55 Preview: Spurs @ Nets

TALMBOUTTTTT! LOL! SMH!

Well hello there, Spurs fans. I certainly hope today finds you well, but if not, just remember this: The Spurs are 5-2 so far on the annual RRT, and there's only two games left. Tonight, they're up against another one of those dreaded acronyms, and this one's not even in the PtR lexicon: the FIGASENI. For an "old" team, Five Games in Seven Nights would be a challenge. Good thing our not-as-old-as-some-think heroes have been getting a lot of rest, especially in their last outing, when a certain Argentine was inexplicably removed from the starting lineup, only to return tonight.

Also, remember last year, when the Spurs lost at Jersey during the road trip? It's time for some REVENGE!

I've got something a little different for today's song. Here's a little Swedish group I recently found out about. I hope you enjoy it.

I haven't done one of these in a while, so please excuse the rust, but here we go.

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San Antonio Spurs @ New Jersey Nets
Where: Prudential Center

When: 02/14/2011, 6:00 PM Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: NBA TV, FSSW


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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 109.1
(T-3rd)
100.6
(7th)
Rebound %
25.7
(19th)
74.9
(8th)
Field Goal % 47.3
(4th)
45.1
(12th)
3-Point % 39.5
(2nd)
37.7
(26th)
Free Throw %
77.1
(12th)
74.5
(4th)
Turnover %
13.1
(10th)
13.1
(19th)
Assist %
60.2
(8th)
53.5
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 99.8
(27th)
106.0
(19th)
Rebound %
25.7
(18th)
74.7
(11th)
Field Goal % 44.1
(28th)
45.7
(17th)
3-Point % 35
(18th)
36.8
(22nd)
Free Throw %
76.3
(17th)
74.8
(5th)
Turnover %
14
(22nd)
11.9
(30th)
Assist %
57
(17th)
59.8
(24th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 45 9
Conference 29 5
Division 7 3
Home 25 2
Away 20 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
Antonio McDyess
Gary Neal
Matt Bonner
Chris Quinn

Record Wins Losses
Overall 17 38
Conference 9 24
Division 0 8
Home 13 14
Away 4 24
Position Conference Division
Record 12th 4th
Lineups

Starters
PG: Devin Harris
SG: Anthony Morrow
SF: Travis Outlaw
PF: Derrick Favors
C: Brook Lopez

Key Bench Players
Kris Humphries
Sasha Vujacic
Jordan Farmar
Quinton Ross
Johan Petro

Matchup Analysis

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

Starters

PG: Parker needs to dominate Fisher. And, it would be nice if he could keep Harris from setting up his teammates so much(7.7 APG) as well.

SG: Manu is back in the starting lineup tonight, after a mysterious one-game hiatus. Morrow is an excellent 3-point shooter, but he's no Manu.

SF: Speaking of 3-point shooting, we need some big shots from RJ tonight to make this an easier game. Meanwhile, Outlaw is having a season to forget.

PF: Favors has resurrected a once-disappointing rookie campaign as of late, but The Beast has been laying waste to all who oppose him lately. And maybe he wants to give Favors a taste of what he'll be up against during the Rookie Challenge this weekend.

C: Lopez is a talented young C, but his rebounding numbers are way down this season. Some will take that as a sign that he's overrated, but I think the difference between this year and last is that he has some more strong rebounders in Favors and Humphries playing alongside him full-time. Still, GOATPUFF FTW.

Bench

When Petro is getting minutes, your bench is pretty bad. In NJ's defense, Troy Murphy would have been a good option, but he's hurt. Meanwhile, it would be nice if Tiago is back for this game, but I'm not counting on it, and the BAM doesn't necessarily need him to get the job done.

Coaching

Avery learned from the best, but he's facing the best.

Intangibles

::points to the standings::

Mojo

That thrashing the Spurs delivered in Washington the other night was really spectacular, no? Manu and Timmy should be fresh and ready to dominate again.

Prediction

Spurs avenge last year's RRT loss at NJ, running away.

Key to the Game

Avoid a lapse in focus - Yeah, that's basically it. If the Spurs are focused, they tend to win games at an amazing pace.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell | Spurs Planet | Project Spurs | Spurs Nation

OPPONENT

Nets Daily(SB Nation)

Following Along

TV

NBA TV, Fox Sports Southwest

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.

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 poundingtherockmail@yahoo.com(IMPORTANT: Please include your PtR username in the email for reference) for further assistance.

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