Game #52 Preview: Spurs @ Raptors - Taking it north of the border

So the RRT continues. Spurs win again. The Sandwich Man is back and better than ever. The Spurs keep on winning. Detroit is still basking in the glow of the Spurs visit. The Spurs are headed to Canada. They have a coin in Canada called the "Tooney", it's worth two Canadian dollars. Canada doesn't have a bill smaller than 5. Canada loves hockey. Toronto is as far south as the French Riviera. More people live in Toronto than in Canada's four Atlantic provinces combined. I have several friends from Canada, they all live in the US.

Other fun facts after the jump.

The Spurs are 43-8. In games they are as close to 50 wins as they are to 1 loss. San Antonio, much like Detroit, is a popular tourist destination. The Alamo is in San Antonio, in case you forgot. The Fairmount Hotel, built is 1906 and San Antonio's second oldest hotel, is in the Guinness World Records as one of the heaviest buildings ever moved intact. It was placed in it's new location, three blocks south of the Alamo, over four days in 1985 and cose $650,000 to move. This game starts early...at 6:00 P.M. Spurs time.

Toronto apparently doesn't pick up their garbage....evidence:


Wow...

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San Antonio Spurs @ Toronto Raptors
Where: Air Canada Centre

When: 2-9-2011, 6:00 p.m. Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: Fox Sports Southwest


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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 109.0
(3rd)
100.7
(7th)
Rebound % 25.6
(19th)
74.7
(9th)
Field Goal % 47.1
(3rd)
45.1
(12th)
3-Point % 39.2
(2nd)
38.0
(28th)
Free Throw %
77.3
(11th)
74.7
(4th)
Turnover %
12.9
(7th)
13.3
(16th)
Assist %
60.1
(9th)
53.8
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 102.9
(19th)
109.4
(29th)
Rebound %
28.1
(8th)
72.1
(22nd)
Field Goal % 46.5
(9th)
48.3
(30th)
3-Point % 31.2
(30th)
37.9
(27th)
Free Throw %
74.6
(24th)
77.6
(24th)
Turnover %
14.0
(22nd)
13.8
(11th)
Assist %
56.8
(17th)
57.4
(13th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 43 8
Conference 29 5
Division 7 3
Home 25 2
Away 18 6
Position Conference Division
Record 1st 1st
Lineups

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

Key Bench Players
Matt Bonner
Gary Neal
George Hill
Antonio McDyess
Tiago Splitter

Record Wins Losses
Overall 14 38
Conference 9 25
Division 4 7
Home 9 15
Away 5 23
Position Conference Division
Record 13th 5th
Lineups

Starters
PG: Jose Calderon
SG: DeMar DeRozan
SF: Julian Wright
PF: Amir Johnson
C: Andrea Bargnani

Key Bench Players
Jerryd Bayless
Leandro Barbosa
Sonny Weems
Linas Kleiza
Ed Davis

Matchup Analysis

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

Starters

PG: Parker needs to dominate Fisher. Frenchie McWonderbutt is glad to be back on foreign soil where somebody might understand French. I expect Parker to take full advantage of the lack of a lingual barrier and dominante Calderon.

SG: DeMar DeRozen is DeAthlectic and has crazy mad DeHops. I don't see him being able to over come Manu's...well, Manuness. The Sickness made a couple of clutch plays last night in Mo-town. I expect more of the same in Toronto.

SF: Wright had a solid game against the Spurs in the last go around. RJ is playing very well of late and his shot is back! Rage will need to make Wright work on defense. (I realized that I need to use this line at least once per preview)

PF: Goat Puff will take on Amir Johnson. I'm going to give the edge to Timmeh. I think Johnson might cause a bit of trouble for Duncan on the offensive glass, but I'm sure TD will be ready for it.

C: Blair will have a chance to work on his perimeter defense against the 7 foot Italian. Bargnani is a scorer. Pure and simple. Blair and Co. should be able to take advantage of Bargnani's weak rebounding. I'll be interested to see if Blair can work over the Raptors defense much like he did to the Pistons.

Bench

Matt Bonner. The Sandwich Man is back. He came back and hit 50% on his 3-pointers and got 10 points. It's good to have you back Rocket. I don't see how the Spurs bench don't dominante the Raptor's bench tonight.

Coaching

Still Pop

Intangibles

Spurs continue the winning on the long ol' road trip. The Raptors are coming off a 18 point loss last night in Milwaukee. Green Bay is near Milwaukee and they are home to the Super Bowl Champs.

Mojo

The Spurs got out of Detroit only to end up in Canada.

Prediction

Spurs continue to win by double digits

Key(s) to the Game

Key 1 - Rebounding. The Raptors get after the offensive glass. The Spurs will need to make sure they get all the defensive boards they can.

Key 2 - 3 Point Shooting. The Spurs are good at it. The Raptors are very bad at it. Matt Bonner and crew need to take advantage of their ability here.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell - Great content, best of the True Hoop Network

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs - Nice content, worth checking out.

Spurs Nation - Always good stuff on your Spurs

OPPONENT

Raptors HQ (SB Nation)

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.

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