Game #64 Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons

Note: Two writers wrote for this game. I've combined the two. Give props to both writers. -Josh

alamobro:

Howdy, Pounders. I know it feels like the last game was approximately 60 years ago. We have had too much time to think of the epicfailurecollapsedisaster that was the last home game. Word on the street is that the Spurs had a pretty hard practice the day after. I do not envy the Pistons. (Well, maybe the paycheck, but not the cars. I do not like 22 inch chrome wheels. Its so...Fifty Cent)

The Spurs look to -feel better about themselves by summarily destroying the hapless Pistons- rebound from Sunday’s embarrassment by taking on Detroit. The quest for (Roman) numeral LII, after the jump.

Big50:

The one time the Spurs have a bad loss, the schedule makers decide it'd be good for them to have two days to wallow in it. I hate the schedule makers. I'm glad to finally be able to start looking at a game that isn't "the game that shall not be mentioned". The Spurs got it handed to them on Sunday and will looking to bounce back and feel better about themsleves, not to mention help all the fans stay off the hard stuff for one night.

The good news? The Pistons are coming to town. The poor Pistons went from having a bad season to a horrible one when part of their lineup decided mutiny was a good option. Seems to me, that's not the best way to get playing time, but then again, I'm not playing in the NBA and they are. I knew I should have just been a tall athletic guy who ignored authority. Man, talk about bad career choices.

alamobro:

Some music for your enjoyment:


Big50:

Now, I know what you're thinking, "Big50 don't go upsetting the guy from Detroit that loves that place so much he lives in Florida again." I wasn't planning on it. In fact, I didn't even mean to upset him the first time. Detroit is a fine place to be from:

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via minnesota.publicradio.org


I'm just kidding. I'm sure the fine people of the Motor City are good hard working American's just like the rest of us. And I'm sure they're overjoyed to have Slim Shady as their most prominent city figure these days.



On to the game...

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San Antonio Spurs @ Detroit Pistons
Where: AT&T Center

When: 3-9-2011, 7:30 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
(2nd)
101.1
(7th)
Rebound %
25.3
(20th)
74.4
(13th)
Field Goal % 47.2
(5th)
44.9
(9th)
3-Point % 40.2
(1st)
37.0
(23rd)
Free Throw %
77.0
(13th)
75.5
(10th)
Turnover %
13.0
(10th)
12.7
(25th)
Assist %
60.1
(9th)
53.7
(4th)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 103.5
(19th)
108.2
(27th)
Rebound %
26.7
(14th)
71.6
(28th)
Field Goal % 45.1
(21st)
48.1
(29th)
3-Point % 37.9
(5th)
35.1
(11th)
Free Throw %
73.1
(27th)
77.0
(19th)
Turnover %
12.3
(1st)
13.8
(11th)
Assist %
55.7
(21st)
60.9
(27th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 51 12
Conference 31 7
Division 8 4
Home 29 3
Away 22 9
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
Gary Neal
Antonio McDyess
James Anderson
Matt Bonner

Record Wins Losses
Overall 23 41
Conference 15 22
Division 5 5
Home 16 17
Away 7 24
Position Conference Division
Record 11th 4th
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tracy McGrady
SG: Rodney Stuckey
SF: Tayshaun Prince
PF: Chris Wilcox
C: Greg Monroe

Key Bench Players
Ben Gordon
Charlie Villanueva
Richard Hamilton
Austin Daye
Will Bynum

Matchup Analysis

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

Starters

alamobro PG: Parker needs to dominate Fisher. Stuckey had alot of potential at one point. Parker is potential realized.
Big50 PG: Parker needs to dominate Fisher. He'll also want to dominante T-Mac, Stuckey or whoever the Pistons decide to start and play at the PG spot. Tony has been money since he's been back. I'd love to see him use games like this to get into a solid rythme for the rest of year and into the playoffs.

alamobro SG: T-Mac used to be one of those "next Jordan" guys. He is now old and going up against the "Current Manu Ginobili" guy, who probably cant wait to take his frustrations out on the first oppenent he sees. Sorry, T-Mac, but you will be the first thing Manu sees tonight.
Big50 SG: Hamilton, Stuckey and Gordon are matched up against The Sickness. I don't know what to say here really. Those three guys are getting paid a lot of money to not be very good and Manu is paid less money to be...well, money. I wouldn't mind seeing Gino go into dominate mode again for...let's say, the next 4 months. Sound good?

alamobro SF: I wish Pop ran more plays for Richard, It seems he gets fouled 75% of the time he takes it to the hoop. Tay is not that old, but he is damaged.
Big50 SF: Prince vs. Princess Peanut. Jefferson isn't blowing anybody away with his play of late, but he has been solid and that's better than last year. Prince has been having a good year...for him. RJ was able to win this match up last go around and I see that happening again.

alamobro PF: I don't know a damn thing about Chris Wilcox, but I do know he should not get in the way of Blair tonight.
Big50 PF: Blair needs to show something to me. He's been off a bit lately and I'd like to see him come out and play really well. Reports were that he was not very happy after the Sunday game. Let's see if he can take that loss and turn into something positive.

alamobro C: Monroe should try to keep Duncan from getting a double double tonight. Tall task.
Big50 C: Duncan will not win this match up by being more athletic that his opponent, but let's be real, he hasn't done that with any opponent in well, probably the last decade. Duncan will win it with BBIQ and wily veteran ways. I'm assuming Wilcox is getting the start here.

Bench

Alamobro: The Spurs have the B.A.M. The Pistons bench isn't actually too bad, in fact some of these guys could start for another team. They have Charlie Villanueva, Rip Hamilton, Will Bynum and a few other serviceable pieces. In fact, It makes me wonder why they are so bad this year.
Big50: The last time I did a preview for a Spurs/Pistons game I was a tad worried about their bench. Turns out that Will Bynum decided to torch the Spurs for 21 points, to lead his team. Their bench out scored their starters in that game. I think our bench is a little better than it was then so I look for better play this go around from our guys. Bonner, Hill and Neal should all have impacts.

Coaching

alamobro: When Pop says "Jump", his squad asks "How high, SIR ?!" John Kuester can't get his guys to make it to shoot around.
Big50: John Kuester is apparently a very unlikeable guy according to his players. Of course Pop should be fired, so, yeah.

Intangibles

alamobro: So far, the Pistons don't have anything on the Spurs. Its not staring here, either.
Big50: Spurs will be motivated after two, almost three, days to steep in the loss that occurred on Sunday. The Pistons will probably be trying to forget this season as they have only won 4 games since they last played the Spurs.

Mojo

alamobro: Clue: Its not Detroit
Big50: Spurs still have San Antonio McDyess, the Pistons do not.

Prediction

alamobro: San Antonio is coming off of maybe they're worst loss of the year against they're biggest adversary. They are going to treat the Pistons like a rental-Kia.
Big50: Spurs win by double digits.

Key(s) to the Game

alamobro Key 1 - Detroit should try to lose by no more than 10, then they can consider themselves blessed.

Big50:

Key 1 - 3 pointers. We make 'em, we win. We miss 'em, Sunday happens. The Pistons are a very good 3-point shooting team and defend the 3 pretty well too.

Key 2 - Bench Play. The Spurs bench was solid against LA and they should be able to continue playing well, but will face a good Detroit bench. Pistons have a lot of offensive punch coming off of their bench as noted above.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell -Goodies here.

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs - Don't know too much about this place.

Spurs Nation - I approve

OPPONENT

Detroit Bad Boys (SB Nation)

Following Along

TV

FSSW

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

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