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The San Antonio Spurs are taking on the 76ers tonight in Philadelphia. Game time is at 6:00pm central time. Get your San Antonio Spurs tickets here!
The 76ers are currently 9th in the East at 17-23, 11-9 at home. They have lost six of their last eight games, including a 109-86 shellacking at the AT&T Center on January 5th. In that game, Spencer Hawes came off the bench to score 22 points making 10 of his 13 shots. He was the lone bright spot for the 76ers in that blowout.
For some reason, this game is going to be on TNT. That's weird, right? Hopefully this means that the Spurs will have extra motivation to take this seriously. The Spurs' schedule is pretty favorable. It'd be great for the Spurs to get a little win streak going and make up some games on OKC and the Clippers.
After the 76ers, the Spurs will face the Hornets, Mavericks, Suns, Bobcats, Wizards, Timberwolves and Pistons. That's nice, isn't it? That could turn into a nice little 12-game win streak that extends into the Rodeo Road Trip.
As always, if the Spurs are to be successful against the 76ers, they will need to take care of the ball and avoid turning it over. If the Spurs keep their turnovers low and hit the boards, this should be an easy win for the Silver and Black.
It'll be interesting to see what Popovich does with Matt Bonner. In the Spurs' latest victory, the Red Rocket came off the bench to score 17 points, connecting on all three of his 3-pointers. So far this season, Bonner has averaged a career low in minutes played at 11.2 mpg. For me, Pop's benching of Bonner has resulted in a very enjoyable season, but this may change. I'm not sure if there are minutes for Bonner. With Tim, Tiago and Diaw playing so well, I don't think it'd be wise to limit their minutes in favor of Bonner, but we'll see what Coach Pop decides tonight.
Philly's perspective can be found here: Liberty Ballers
As always Tony must dominate Fisher, and 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.