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San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks - The Game Thread

Psssttttt. The faux road trip is over. The season is two-thirds over. Tell the Spurs it is time to start getting serious about this whole NBA season thing.

So let's have a drink and kick this thing off.

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Game Time: 7:30 Spurs Time, 11:30 pm Argentina
3:30 am Egypt, 2:30 am CET
10:30 am Perth, Japan, Philippines
11:30 am Guam

TV: NBATV/KRRT
Officials: TBA
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37-17
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Tim Duncan
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Michael Finley
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33-22

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Colt 45

Spaten

Yeah right.
The pipe baby
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18-7 Home 14-14
19-10 Road 13-11
97.7 Offense 101.1
94.0 Defense 99.5
46.4 FG% 46.1
39.5 3-pt% 35.1
77.0 FT% 81.5
40.8 Rebounds 42.7
12.3 TO's 13.3
7-3 Last 10 7-3
W 2 Streak W 1
PG
SG
C
PF
SF
Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Breakdown

  • Point Guard - Which of these two will have their outside shot going? Tony hasn't shot well for several games. Kidd on the other hand has been on fire from 3-pt land and his season average up over 4% again.
  • Off Guard - I'll take Mason over Antoine Wright every day. Why? Wright went to A&M. No good basketball players come out of A&M.
  • Center - Tim will abuse Dampier AND get him into foul trouble. Now that they have shipped Diop off to Charlotte, who are they going to put on Tim when Damp is out?
  • Power Forward - I think Bonner will be able to really make Nowitzki work for his shots. Um, no. You don't think so? Hmmm... I do think that Dirk's overall laziness and desire to hang out near the rim will open up a lot of shots for Matt.
  • Small Forward - This might be ugly for us.
  • Bench - No Manu. No Jason Terry. Most loved. Most hated.
  • Coach - I don't like Rick Carlisle
  • Intangibles - I expect us to come out completely flat for our first home game in 3 weeks...
  • Mojo - ...and we will have to rely on our superior mojo to get us back in it at the end when...
  • Winner - ...Roger Mason will do his thing again.

Keys To The Game

  • Bruce Bowen - Bruce does a great job of taking Josh Howard out of games. He makes Nowitzki work some. We don't have anybody else to put on those guys. We'll need some quality minutes from the Ninja tonight.
  • FinMasonDog - One of these guys needs to be on from 3-point.
  • Tony Parker - Anybody seen this guy around lately? No, me neither. We sure could use an all-star point guard right now.

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