Game #77 Preview: Suns @ Spurs

And here we are. After all the amazing things the Spurs did at the start of the season, and after building what seemed to be an insurmountable lead on the rest of the league, the Spurs are suddenly vulnerable in the standings, not to mention what they've looked like on the court. So, on the heels of a 6-game losing streak, who do the Spurs get to play? The team that made them look stupid in the playoffs last year. Goody.

On the one hand, the Suns are below .500 for the season. On the other hand, the Spurs don't look certain of beating anybody at the moment. Well, Spurs fans, you and I both know what must be done with this preview. And you should know that it's going to hurt me more that it's going to hurt you. Let's get to it.

Early Game Alert: 12PM (noon) Spurs Time

Music

I don't have the stomach for any more losing, but that's just too bad, isn't it?

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San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns
Where: AT&T Center

When: 04/03/2011, 12:00 PM(noon) Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: ABC


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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
(3rd)
102.7
(10th)
Rebound %
24.8
(21st)
74.4
(13th)
Field Goal % 47.4
(5th)
45.6
(13th)
3-Point % 39.6
(1st)
37
(24th)
Free Throw %
76.5
(16th)
76.2
(14th)
Turnover %
12.9
(8th)
12.7
(22nd)
Assist %
59.4
(10th)
54
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 107.2
(9th)
106.9
(22nd)
Rebound %
23.7
(27th)
71.6
(27th)
Field Goal % 47
(7th)
47
(23rd)
3-Point % 37.9
(4th)
36.1
(16th)
Free Throw %
76
(17th)
75.4
(7th)
Turnover %
13.2
(13th)
13.2
(16th)
Assist %
60.4
(7th)
57.3
(13th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 57 19
Conference 35 12
Division 10 6
Home 33 5
Away 24 14
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
Tiago Splitter
Some Redhead

Record Wins Losses
Overall 37 38
Conference 20 26
Division 9 7
Home 21 18
Away 16 20
Position Conference Division
Record 10th 2nd
Lineups

Starters
PG: Steve Nash
SG: Jared Dudley
SF: Grant Hill
PF: Channing Frye
C: Marcin Gortat

Key Bench Players
Vince Carter
Hakim Warrick
Aaron Brooks
Robin Lopez
Josh Childress

Matchup Analysis


Point Guard
Shooting Guard

Small Forward
Power Forward
Center

Bench
Coach

Intangibles

Mojo

Winner

Starters

PG: Parker needs to... hope that Nash is still suffering from "flu-like symptoms", lest he be destroyed like in the playoffs last season.

SG: Dudley's a good role player, but Manu is Manu.

SF: Someone needs to remind RJ that he's a scorer, and be pretty convincing about it.

PF: I'm tempted to give this one to Frye, but Old Man Dice gets the benefit of the doubt here.

C: Timmy hasn't really been himself since coming back from that ankle sprain. Let's hope that changes tonight.

Bench

Just look at all those proven names on the Phoenix bench.

Coaching

Only one of these two is a COY candidate. Although, his candidacy is fading fast.

Intangibles

Neither of these teams can play respectable defense, apparently.

Mojo

No team on a 6-game losing streak will deserve any mojo. So, if there is such a thing, it belongs to Phoenix

Prediction

The Spurs won't solve their issues in the less than 48 hours since the Houston game.

Key to the Game

Don't suck - That was sage advice given by Tim Duncan to Richard Jefferson last season. At this point, I'd say it applies to the team as a whole.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs

Spurs Nation

OPPONENT

Bright Side of the Sun(SB Nation)

Following Along

TV

ABC

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

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