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Game Thread #52: San Antonio Spurs @ Washington Wizards

Okay, so that's one... and the other three?

Believe it or not, the Spurs actually won on this rodeo trip. Considering the local myth is that the rodeo trip is where every year our teams shapes up and gets those championship juices flowing, I can't help but wonder why we're not panicking right now.

I imagine it's a combination of two things: Manu's injury helps put things in perspective, conventional wisdom telling us it's more important to reach the playoffs healthy than to win games now - and it probably also helps that the other teams are once more rapidly decomposing. Amaré out, KG probably hurt, T-Mac out for the season, New Orleans trying desperately to trade Chandler only for him to be returned because of a toe...

Probably not good for the league, but why should we care? People love to say the Spurs on their own aren't good the league.

Tonight we face the mighty Wizards, currently the second worst team in the NBA (I'm sure they thank the Kings every night for their sacrifice) and with more injured players than we would have if we had five Manus. I'm too tired to write a proper preview, so we'll be experimenting a bit...

Preview after the jump:

Game Time: 7:00 Spurs Time, 11:00 am Argentina
3:00 am Egypt, 2:00 am CET
10:00 pm Perth, Japan, Philippines
11:00 pm Guam

Officials: TBA

Tony Parker
Mr. Blocked
Manu Ginóbili
Mr. Mahinmi
Tim Duncan
Mr. Spurs
Matt Bonner
Mr. Three
Michael Finley
Dr. No

Mike James
Mr. Who
Caron Butler
Mr. Tries
Darius Songaila
Mr. Meh
Antawn Jamison
Mr. Dangerous
Dominic McGuire
Mr. Who Again
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18-7 Home 9-19
18-10 Road 4-23
97.7 Offense 94.8
94.5 Defense 102.5
46.3 FG% 44.5
39.2 3-pt% 32.8
77,0 FT% 76.3
40.7 Rebounds 39.8
12.2 TO's 13.9
7-3 Last 10 3-7
W 1 Streak W 2


  • Point Guard - Déjà Vu is tough. Mike James is.

  • Off Guard - Manu started a faux fanpost to trick you into looking at his ankle. What a bastard.
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  • Center - Timmynator engaged.
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  • Power Forward - In PTR, the Red Rocket triples you.
  • Matt_-_preview_medium

  • Small Forward - I give up, I just give up.
  • Findog_-_preview_medium

  • Bench - Crittenton, Blatche, McGee? Me neither.
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  • Coach - Savvy.
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  • Intangibles - SEGABABA for them, and 7 players.
  • Intangibles_-_preview_medium

  • Mojo - Manu training in SA. Arenas blogging.
  • Mojo_-_preview_medium

  • Winners - There will be blood.
  • Winner_-_preview_medium

    Keys To The Game

    • Suckitude - Let's not Ostertag again.
  • Defense - Wins championships. (Not wars.)
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  • Hill - Has no match.
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    Some other reading

    In the short time I had to spare, the only Wizards blog I would recommend is the resident SB Nation blog: Bullets Forever.

    Yes yes yes, now that's a name for a blog. Eff this "Wizards"/"Thunder" crap. The writers are great and far more productive than us (but not as good looking), and they can even be funny. The only thing lacking is fans, I guess, but I blame than on the Wizards.

    Other things of possible interest

    Game feeds

    Check this game thead at gametime for specific links to good quality feeds. If you arrive late in the game, there game feed links are usually among the first 50 posts of the thread.
    OneNation (This is an archive of NBA games, but it hasn't been updated lately.)
    BitTorrent Davka (A torrent site where you will find most of the latest games in the league. Bookmark.)

    Recap: Recaps are so November. We're past them, and deep into random chat. Which is good, I guess, because we're turning into a close-knit group that will destroy their opponents come playoff time.

    Ahno, wait. Those are the Spurs.

    If you want to listen to music while you wait, check this out. Much better than ATS's weakass Radio Paradise.