Game #78 Preview: Spurs @ Hawks

The Spurs beat the Suns in the last game. Here's hoping that was the start of a new winning streak.

In honor of Matty finally breaking out of his slump (I really, really hope) last game, I present today's musical selection:


Major hack preview below:

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San Antonio Spurs @ Atlanta Hawks
Where: Philips Arena

When: 04/05/2011, 6:00 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 109.1
(2nd)
102.0
(8th)
Rebound %
24.9
(21st)
74.5
(13th)
Field Goal % 47.4
(4th)
45.6
(12th)
3-Point % 39.8
(1st)
37.0
(24th)
Free Throw %
76.5
(16th)
76.3
(15th)
Turnover %
12.9
(8th)
12.7
(25th)
Assist %
59.4
(10th)
54.0
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 103.5
(19th)
104.3
(15th)
Rebound %
23.5
(29th)
74.9
(9th)
Field Goal % 46.3
(11th)
45.7
(14th)
3-Point % 35.3
(17th)
33.9
(5th)
Free Throw %
78.2
(6th)
77.3
(25th)
Turnover %
13.4
(16th)
12.3
(29th)
Assist %
61.3
(4th)
58.4
(19th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 58 19
Conference 36 12
Division 10 6
Home 34 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 44
33
Conference 31 17
Division 9 4
Home 24 15
Away 20
18
Position Conference Division
Record 5th 3rd
Lineups

Starters
PG: Kirk Hinrich
SG: Joe Johnson
SF: Marvin Williams
PF: Josh Smith
C: Al Horford

Key Bench Players
Jamal Crawford
Zaza Pachulia
Jeff Teague
Jason Collins

Matchup Analysis

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

Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Parker needs to drive the paint against Hinrich. I'd love to see the OMFB again and again.

SG: I've always viewed Johnson as slightly overrated, but his numbers this year compare favorably to Manu's (go ahead and yell at me). Manu needs to stop shooting so many threes and get back to video-game-god mode.

SF: RJ torched Atlanta the last time we played. Give him the ball early.

PF: Smith has stopped shooting so many threes this year. Dice needs to start hitting his jumper again.

C: Timmeh is Timmeh, but Horford is a young beast.

Bench

Atlanta has a short bench, playing only 8-9 guys the last few games. BAM needs to continue living up to its name.

Coaching

As frustrating as Pop's rotations have been sometimes, I'll still take him over Larry Drew.

Intangibles

The Spurs finally won again, and the Hawks lost to the Rockets. Each team is coming off a day of rest, although this is a FIGABABA as well as FOGASINI for the Spurs.

Mojo

THE MOJO IS DEAD!

Prediction

The Spurs will win.

Key to the Game

Drive to the basket - The Hawks defend the 3-point line well, so the Spurs need to stop jacking so many three balls and attack the paint.

Play defense - Why not? It would be good practice for the playoffs.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs

Spurs Nation

OPPONENT

Peachtree Hoops (SB Nation)

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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