San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors preview

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs face the Golden State Warriors in another episode of Life Without Tony.

San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
March 20, 2013, 7:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

[Editor's Note: Today's preview is from our long-time moderator, alamobro. -JRW]

The Warriors come out to play, rocking the latest in Historic NBA Jersey fails athletic men’s evening wear. Maybe they could compare designs with the Spurs, who will be wearing their own brand of pajamasr shiny new 2012/2013 uni’s.

Tonight the Warriors come to San Antonio making a statement with their new Unis. Not since the days of the 90’s Houston Rockets have we witnessed such, um….creativeness (and ill placed pin stripes) Our own Spurs will be there to greet them with their new customary, practice uniforms, which certainly could double as expensive sleep-wear. But I digress, for there is a game at hand.

The last time San Antonio met up with Warriors, things did not end well for the good guys (that happen to wear black) in a close contest throughout. The teams basically traded leads right into overtime, where San Antonio fell. David Lee hulked out to the tune of 25 points and 22 rebounds, while Spur-killer Jarrett Jack netted 30 points to go along 10 assists off the bench. The Spurs were lead by Danny Green's 20 points and San Antonio had no excuse but for the fact they were obviously tired from pummeling the Clippers the day before for losing against a Golden State team who appears to be playoff bound at the moment (Currently seeded 6th)

Tonight’s results will be interesting, to say the least. San Antonio has suffered a dip in scoring along with a very substantial and expected dip in defensive efficiency. It seems obvious that they clearly miss MVP candidate Tony Parker. Meanwhile, Golden state ranks a balanced 10th in offensive efficiency and 13th in defense (a quantum leap from 26th a year ago)

Once again Golden State will have recurring Spurs nemesis Jarrett Jack on tap, and things don’t get kinder for the Spurs, since Andrew Bogut, himself a Spur killer, will be suited up and ready for bed to play. The Spurs have been getting torched by opposing poing guards and tonight looks to be no different as the excellent Stephen Curry will also be on tap.

That said, the Warriors have never won in San Antonio since the day they drafted some chap named Tim Duncan to be their starting power forward (or center, as some bitter Karl Malone fans will tell you). This team loves their jump shots, and their love of hoisting up 3s alongside the midrange jumper will put pressure on a very compromised perimeter defense that misses Parker's ability to stay with his man.

Lineups

Starters
PG: Cory Joseph
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: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: David Lee
C: Andrew Bogut

Key Bench Players
Jarrett Jack
Carl Landry
Draymond Green


Head Coach

Mark Jackson

Warriors perspective can be found here: Golden State of Mind

Game Prediction: Spurs by 3. After 3 games of bad Manu we finally get great Manu back.

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.

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