Before Amar'e left for the cold lights of New York City, this was a team that consistently gave the Spurs trouble. For the past 7 years, if there was a game to be watched on television, the Spurs and Suns or the Spurs and Mavs would have been it. This Spurs/Suns rivalry had many battles, including the '07 suspensions, the Duncan 3, Marbury's halfcourt 3, and Nash's bloody nose. If there was one thing that exposed this rivalry, it was Nash after the sweep of the Spurs in the Western Conference Quarter Finals last year. According to Simmons, Nash was crying tears of happiness after finally beating us. When you're bawling after a win, you know it meant something. It saddens me that Nash won't be in this year's playoffs.
After last night's meaningless game, we have one more tonight. Don't worry, kids, this won't last long. We'll be in meaningful games before you know it and all the intensity and excitement that comes with the playoffs will have many a Spurs fan clutching at their heart and yelling at the TV. It happens every spring, and while we should be used to it by now, I don't think anyone knows what to expect this year. Enjoy the last pre-season game tonight, and wave goodbye to the Suns. We will miss you.
San Antonio Spurs @ Phoenix Suns
Where: US Airways Center
When: April 13, 2011 9:30 PM Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
By the Numbers
SG: Manu needs to not get injured
SF: R.J. is allowed to get injured if he wants to.
PF: Blair is just happy to be playing again
C: Duncan needs to not get injured
I expect these guys to get a ton of playing time. It'd be good for all of them
Pop wins all matchups. He's a under-the-radar master!
We're in the playoffs
With neither team having anything to play for, I don't see them playing their starters full minutes. However, I do think our second string is better and will prevail.
Key(s) to the Game
Key 1 - Don't get injured!
48 Minutes of Hell - They're prepping for the playoffs.
Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.
Bright Side of the Sun (SB Nation) - These guys are pretty chill.
WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]
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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