Game Preview: Spurs vs Wizards

Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

The San Antonio Spurs host the surprisingly defensive Washington Wizards before embarking on the Rodeo Road Trip.

San Antonio Spurs vs Washington Wizards

Game Venue: AT&T Center
February 2, 2013 7:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

The San Antonio Spurs play host to to the Washington Wizards just as they prepare for their annual Rodeo Road Trip. This is the second straight game they'll play against an Eastern team with the worst record in the league. But although the Wizards are a lowly 11-34, they seem to be much better than their record indicates. Their current spot in the standings has been a fault more of injuries than the Bobcats general inability to mimic a professional basketball club. So far this year, John Wall has only been healthy enough to play in 11 games and, Nene has suited up for a mere 31 games. Nevertheless they have gone 6-5 since Wall returned, which is more in line with the 6 game winning streak they used to end the previous season. Pretty good, right?

Now for the bad: the Wizards are the NBA's worst offensive team. They have a 97.5 offensive rating, and are awful in all four factors (29th in eFG%, 27th in TOV%, 24th in ORB%, and 26th in FT/FGA). This means they can't generate efficient or easy points. However, they are a surprising 6th in defensive rating, and although they aren't great at forcing turnovers (21st in opponent TOV%) and are just above average in preventing opponents from getting to the line (13th in opponent FGA), they are good at forcing bad shots (9th in opponent eFG%) and prevent opponents from getting second chances (9th in DRB%).

That said, they face a team in the Spurs that is operating in an elite way on both ends of the court. Did you know Tony Parker is one of four players in the league to average 20 or more points a game while shooting 50% or better from the field? The other 3 are Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. The Spurs have won 9 in a row and 17 straight at home, so while the Wizards won't simply lie down, the Spurs should still pull out a win before they start the RRT.

Oh, and Tim Duncan's supposed to be back. The Spurs need him to be healthy to weather the season, let alone make a deep playoff run.

Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Danny Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Tiago Splitter

Key Bench Players
Manu Ginobili
Boris Diaw
Stephen Jackson

Head Coach
Gregg Popovich

Lineups

Starters
PG: John Wall
SG: Garrett Temple
SF: Martell Webster
PF: Nene
C: Emeka Okafor

Key Bench Players
Jordan Crawford
Trevor Ariza
Kevin Seraphin


Head Coach

Randy Wittman

Wizards perspective can be found here: Bullets Forever

Get your San Antonio Spurs tickets here!

Game Prediction: The Spurs' offense remains the edge in a defensive minded game. Spurs by 7.

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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pounding The Rock

You must be a member of Pounding The Rock to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pounding The Rock. You should read them.

Join Pounding The Rock

You must be a member of Pounding The Rock to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pounding The Rock. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker