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Game Thread #6: vs Knicks

One Stud and a bunch of suck. Better get used to it as now both Tony and Manu are slated to be out until mid-December. Tonight kicks off a stretch of 5 games in 7 nights.

Lot's of fun to be had in the Game Thread. Put on your party hat and don't expect any defense.

Tonight begins the "Be Careful What You Ask For, You Just Might Get It" section of the season. Everybody that wanted the Spurs to get younger, play new guys, etc., this offseason are going to get it now. However, I don't think this is what we had in mind. George Hill is going to get plenty of run now. Let's see how he does. I also expect Tolliver is going to be pulling down major minutes over the next few weeks.

Game Time: 7:30 Spurs Time

TV: Fox Sports

George Hill Roger Mason Fabricio Oberto
Tim Duncan
Bruce Bowen
1-4 George Hill Roger Mason Fabricio Oberto Tim Duncan Mr Potato Head
4-2 Chris Duhon Jamal Crawford Zach Randolph Wilson Chandler Q Rich
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Officials: Washington, Robinson, Davis

Keys To The Game:

Pace: I know we won't be able to gun with these guys. But, we are starting a rookie point guard and it will be interesting to see how George controls the game.

Small Ball: Our non-Duncan bigs have been lousy so far this year. How much small ball will Pop play? I hope a lot. More Mason, Udoka, Bowen. Less Oberto, Thomas, Bonner.

Defensive Rebounding: I've been bemoaning our defensive rebounding since game 1 claiming it to be atrocious. Well, much to my surprise, we are 5th in the league in defensive rebounding percentage. We have been getting 75.7% of our opponents missed shots. However, we are third from the bottom in offensive rebounding percentage and tied with the Heat and TWolves for 4th-6th worst in overall rebound percentage. Maybe it is just because it seems we don't get them when we need them. Maybe it is because the 25% our opponents are getting seems like a lot when they are never missing shots. Also worth noting, none of our opponents are good rebounding teams and two of them suck as bad as us.

Some other reading:

You can find some Knicks content at Posting And Toasting. There is a good recap of the Knicks/Wizards game that pretty much sums up D'Antoni and the Knicks.


A little something from the wayback machine:

I've heard that Larry Kenon and the Spurs organization don't get along because he was snubbed on a couple of occasions or something. That's really sad to me. The man gave a lot to the Spurs.

A shirt that describes what I expect to be Pop's coaching style the next few weeks:



Recap: SpurChief is on it.