Game #70 Preview: Warriors @ Spurs

Hi there, folks. We're now 70 games into the season, and I still haven't come down from the early season high. The Spurs are still in control of the league's best record, and still on pace for their best mark ever as a franchise. With that in mind, there are still some things I'd like to see before the playoffs commence. One of those things is a good old-fashioned Spurs' defensive mauling. In fact, I'd like to see a few of those before the playoffs, just so we can be sure that the Spurs are capable of shutting down opposing offenses when it matters.

Are we likely to see one of those defensive performances tonight? I'd think not, but it would be a nice surprise. Either way, they're playing a Dubs team that's reeling after a decent start to the season, and they're probably not to happy about having to face the league's top team after getting blown out in Dallas last night. Let's kick 'em while they're down, shall we?

Superhack preview commence!

Music

I'm just going to throw in something completely out of right field. Deal with it. :)

Let's do this.


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San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors
Where: AT&T Center

When: 03/21/2011, 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 %
24.8
(22nd)
74.4
(13th)
Field Goal % 47.3
(5th)
45.2
(12th)
3-Point % 40.2
(1st)
36.9
(23rd)
Free Throw %
76.8
(13th)
76.3
(15th)
Turnover %
13
(8th)
12.8
(23rd)
Assist %
59.3
(10th)
54
(4th)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 105.2
(13th)
108
(27th)
Rebound %
26.9
(12th)
68.7
(30th)
Field Goal % 46.1
(14th)
47.0
(23rd)
3-Point % 39.3
(2nd)
36.1
(17th)
Free Throw %
75.8
(19th)
77.9
(27th)
Turnover %
13.7
(21st)
14.8
(5th)
Assist %
57
(19th)
63.8
(30th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 56 13
Conference 34 7
Division 10 4
Home 32 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
George Hill
DeJuan Blair
Gary Neal
Matt Bonner
James Anderson

Record Wins Losses
Overall 30 40
Conference 17 25
Division 4 10
Home 21 14
Away 9 26
Position Conference Division
Record 12th 3rd
Lineups

Starters
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Dorell Wright
PF: Epke Udoh
C: David Lee

Key Bench Players
Al Thornton
Lou Amundson
Acie Law
Vladimir Radmanovic
Reggie Williams

Matchup Analysis

Point Guard
Shooting Guard

Small Forward
Power Forward
Center
Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Parker needs to dominate Fisher

SG: Manu wins. The end.

SF: RJ 2.0 needs to come back in time for the playoffs. He's been missing for a while now.

PF: Udoh is a guy that doesn't fit the Dubs' style. At all. The Spurs could use a young, rangy paint defender like him, though. But Dice is pretty frakking awesome, so we'll just have to make do with him.

C: Timmeh is Timmeh.

Bench

Wow, they have a pretty turribul bench.

Coaching

Pop for COY. Not that he needs any validation.

Intangibles

The Spurs are healthy, and have the best record in the league by far. I'd say we've got this category.

Mojo

The Dubs got shellacked lastnight by the same Dallas team we beat on Friday. What a brutal SEGABABA for them.

Prediction

Spurs have got this.

Key to the Game

Crash the boards - GS is the worst defensive rebounding team in the league. We can put them out of the game early with second-chance points.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs

Spurs Nation

OPPONENT

Golden State of Mind(SB Nation) - It's a cool blog, I promise. Go check it out.

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.

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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