Game #58 Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. New Look Nets

After a huge amount of melodrama, and then some shocking moves by contenders, we finally get down to business for the second game of our homestand. Our 2003 NBA Finals opponents are here headed by the protege himself, Avery Johnson. It has been nearly 4 years since Avery coached in San Antonio, let's make sure he doesn't feel too welcome.

We get the first of the new look teams tonight. The Nets (led by a man whose secrecy Pop has to admire) pulled the biggest trade coup I've ever seen. Getting a top 5 point guard is phenomenal in itself, but forcing your arch-rivals to overpay for a one dimensional scorer takes the cake. Granted, this gives them only one star to New York's two, but with rumors that Dwight Howard has told D-Will that he wants to play with him, it's possible for New Jersey to take its place among the contenders within the next 3 years. Much faster than anticipated judging from their 2009-2010 season.

I had a fun clip from the Conan show, but unfortunately, it killed any attempt I made at publishing this preview. I hope that I can email it to someone and get them to post this for me, because the editing tools have been quite finicky. In case you want to see the clip, here's the link. It's a jersey thing. Without further ado, here are the stats:

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San Antonio Spurs vs New Jersey Nets
Where: AT&T Center

When: February 25, 2011, 7:30 Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: Fox Sports 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 109.1
(2nd)
100.8
(7th)
Rebound %
25.3
(t-19th)
74.8
(t-8th)
Field Goal % 47.5%
(6th)
44.9%
(11th)
3-Point % 40.1%
(1st)
37.4%
(26th)
Free Throw %
76.9%
(13th)
75.1%
(6th)
Turnover %
12.97
(8th)
12.93
(20th)
Assist %
60.1%
(8th)
53.34%
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 99.4
(27th)
106.0
(18th)
Rebound %
25.8
(17th)
74.7
(t-11th)
Field Goal % 43.8%
(27th)
45.6%
(16th)
3-Point % 34.8%
(20th)
36.7%
(20th)
Free Throw %
76.4%
(16th)
74.8%
(4th)
Turnover %
13.92
(22nd)
11.89
(30th)
Assist %
57.01
(17th)
59.91
(23rd)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 47 10
Conference 30 5
Division 7 3
Home 26 2
Away 21 8
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
Matt Bonner
Antonio McDyess
James Anderson?

Record Wins Losses
Overall 17 40
Conference 9 25
Division 0 9
Home 13 15
Away 5 24
Position Conference Division
Record 12th 4th
Lineups

Starters
PG: Deron Williams
SG:Anthony Morrow
SF: Damion Jones
PF: Kris Humphries
C: Brook Lopez

Key Bench Players
Travis Outlaw
Johan Petro
Jordan Farmar

Matchup Analysis


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

Starters

PG: I went back and forth so many times on this matchup. I honestly don't know which Deron Williams is going to show up. Will it be the guy who is arguably the best point guard in the league? Or will it be the guy who was unhappy enough to get traded away? Deron has the ability to absolutely dominate this game, and point guards have decimated us the past two games. In spite of all this, Parker still needs to dominate Fisher

SG: I can hear the gasps of astonishment. But Manu is an all-star!!! Who is this Anthony Morrow that Jordan dares to give the Spur to? To be honest, I would have given this Spur to nearly anyone. Manu needs to start dominating playing halfway decent again and until he does, I'm not giving him the exclusive Spur.

SF: Jefferson was awesome last game, except the refs didn't like his new tattoo, so they called him for touch fouls against Durant. None of this defense against the NBA's leading scorer.

PF: Punishment for the slam dunk during the Rookie Game? All-star break not good for Dejuan? No one knows for sure, but he's going up against Kris Humphries who just happens to have ACLs. Blair doesn't, so he gets the Spur.

C: Timmy was angry last game against the Nets. He shut Lopez down. If he does it again, we win this game by 30.

Bench

The Nets have a guy who could average 30 points a game if he wanted to and has Maria Sharapova as a girlfriend. Travis Outlaw was the guy I hoped the Spurs would get before RJ 2.0, but I'm glad with the way it turned out. The Spurs, on the other hand have Stitches. It would be sweet if fans showed up with a bandage on similar to how they rallied around Manu in last years playoffs.

Coaching

Avery Johnson doesn't have Dirk to beat us with. Pop has plenty to be angry about...

Intangibles

We have a 19 game home winning streak. They are 4 - 25 on the road.

Mojo

I flipped a coin 5 times... it came up heads every single time. The mojo is with us

Prediction

If Williams decides to show up, and the Spurs take a break, we win this game by single digits. Otherwise, I expect a blowout with an &erson sighting.

Key(s) to the Game

Key 1 - The Nets don't excel at forcing turnovers, if we limit our unforced turnovers and move the ball this game is in our hands

Key 2 - I'd like to see Williams shut down. Too many point guards have been having their way with us because of that midrange shot.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell - Is there anything about this site that hasn't already been said?

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs - A different take on our same old boring Spurs

Spurs Nation - They're always so nice to us. Please be nice back

Nets

Nets Daily (SB Nation) - They're all excited for the coup they just pulled getting Deron Williams to New Jersey. Feel free to congratulate them

Following Along

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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