Game #69 Preview: Spurs vs. Bobcats - A let down game?

I apologize for the brevity of this preview. Like our Spurs, I'm elated with the win. Also, hopefully like the Spurs, I'm not overlooking this Bobcats team. We need to continue playing Spurs basketball and Spurs focus till the playoffs. That means crushing a Charlotte team that is also on the second night of a back to back. I know we have the ability to come out strong, but this team also had the ability to defend very well before all the cost-cutting trades and before Larry Brown retired. Hack preview after the jump.


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San Antonio Spurs vs Charlotte Bobcats
Where: AT&T Center

When: March 19, 2011, 7:30 PM Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: 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 108.9
(2nd)
101.7
(8th)
Rebound %
25.0
(20th)
74.3
(12th)
Field Goal % 47.3
(5th)
45.1
(10th)
3-Point % 39.9
(1st)
37.1
(24th)
Free Throw %
76.9
(12th)
76.3
(14th)
Turnover %
12.96
(7th)
12.68
(23rd)
Assist %
59.34
(10th)
54.05
(4th)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 100.2
(26th)
103.9
(14th)
Rebound %
26.5
(15th)
75.2
(6th)
Field Goal % 44.5
(24th)
45
(9th)
3-Point % 33.0
(29th)
36.2
(15th)
Free Throw %
75.6
(21st)
77.7
(26th)
Turnover %
14.62
(28th)
12.94
(19th)
Assist %
59.52
(9th)
61.74
(26th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 55 13
Conference 34 7
Division 10 4
Home 31 3
Away 24 10
Position Conference Division
Record 1st 1st
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Manu Ginobili
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: Antonio McDyess
C: Tim Duncan

Key Bench Players
Gary Neal
DeJuan Blair
George Hill
Matt Bonner

Record Wins Losses
Overall 28 40
Conference 16 23
Division 3 8
Home 17 16
Away 11 24
Position Conference Division
Record 9th 4th
Lineups

Starters
PG: D.J. Augustin
SG: Gerald Henderson
SF: Stephen Jackson
PF: Boris Diaw
C: Kwame Brown

Key Bench Players
Tyrus Thomas
Shaun Livingston
Joel Pryzbilla
Tyrus Thomas

Matchup Analysis

Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Small Forward
Power Forward
Center

Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG:Parker dominated Fisher last night in the form of Roddy B and Jason Kidd. Augustine doesn't stand a chance.

SG: Manu definitely had a cold this week again, as I saw him chewing gum again. Last time he did that he said it was to help open the airway. I blame the twins. They're probably screwing with his immune system

SF: Captain Jack is scoring more than Jefferson, but RJ showed his importance during the Kings game last week. A lot of our defensive rebounding woes have been because RJ got lazy

PF: Diaw vs. McDyess. One of them knows how to use his skill set and looks like he was chiseled from marble, wrinkles and all. The other just doesn't care. Advantage Spurs

C: Umm.... Do I have to explain?

Bench

Our bench has been a staple for the whole year. But recently it went into a funk. Bonner seemed scared to shoot the 3 last night and it definitely hurt us at times. Hill just seems out of sorts (girl trouble?). Neal has been our most consistent performer, but even he can't win the Spur on his own.

Coaching

I forgot who the coach of the Bobcats was. Advantage Spurs

Intangibles

Both played last night. Spurs beat their rivals.

Mojo

Mojo has been with us most of the year. I think we get it tonight

Prediction

Spurs keep it close until with 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter a flurry of 3 pointers closes out the game and we cruise to a 15 point victory

Key(s) to the Game

Key 1 - Both teams excel at moving the ball to find an excellent shot. Spurs are better at defending that sort of thing.

Key 2 - The Bobcats aren't great at defending the three. I expect drive and kick offense to be in full gear and I hope the bench comes to play.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell - Did they send BrunoNBA over last night?

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs

Spurs Nation

OPPONENT

Rufus on Fire (SB Nation) - Yada yada

Following Along

TV

FSSW

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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