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Game Preview #36: San Antonio Spurs At Oklahoma City Thunder


In my mind, this is the dipstick game.

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There are only two teams in the Western conference who have won at least 8 of their last 10 games. Guess which two?

San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Where: County Fairgrounds - OKC, OK
When: January 13, 2010; 7:00 PM Spurs time
Watch: FoxSW


How They Stack Up
17-6 Home 11-8
6-7 Road 10-8
Offense 98.6
95.3 Defense 96.1
48.7 FG% 45.7
3-pt% 32.2
FT% 78.8
Rebounds 41.2
TOs 15.5
8-2 Last 10 8-2
Won 2
Streak Won 2
2nd, Southwest Position 3rd, Northwest

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 10:00 PM
West Coast
5:00 PM
Philippines 9:00 AM
Central Europe 2:00 AM
Palestine/Egypt 3:00 AM
East Coast 8:00 PM
Hell Frozen Over
6:00 PM
Perth, AUS 9:00 AM
Tokyo, JP 10:00 AM
Sydney, AUS 11:30 AM



Tony Parker
The French Maid

Point Guard

I give Tony a slight advantage here. Westbrook is a really tough matchup for Tony and really gave us problems earlier in the year.

Advantage: Spurs

Russell Westbrook
The Swiss Miss


Manu Ginobili

Shooting Guard

Advantage: Spurs

Some Glue


Richard Jefferson

Small Forward

RJ actually matches up well with KD. Still have to give the edge to the Thunder Stick.

Advantage: Thunder

Kevin Durant
It's Your Boy Friend


Tim Duncan

Power Forward

These guys won't go head to head much, neither can cover the other.

Advantage: Spurs

Jeff Green
Poe Tential


DeJuan Blair


Slight nod to the Stick on this one.

Advantage: Thunder

Nenad Krstic


George Hill.
"Ian is the future."

Bench & Role Players

I have to go with our crew on this one. And, they better be good tonight because I expect that we'll lean heavily on the bench tonight.

Advantage: Spurs

James Harden
Shifty Lefty


Gregg Popovich
4 rings


Very slightly.

Advantage: Spurs

Scott Brooks
Family Ties
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Other Factors



All Hail the SEGABABA

Advantage: Thunder


We didn't desert an entire city. That's a lot of terrible mojo.

Advantage: Spurs


Sad to say, but I do not like this one at all.

Keys To The Game

  • Rage - He needs to make Durant work really hard for his shots.
  • 3-pt shooting - They won't be able to hang with Tim in the middle. We need to hit shots and we need to defend the 3-pt line well.

Strength of Schedule

We are crawling in on a SEGABABA. Not good. OKC beat the Knicks way more handily than we did on Sunday, and have another day off before heading to Dallas on Friday.

Last Time They Met

The first time we met they dropped a 101-98 loss on us in SA.

Where to Tune In


This game will be aired on FoxSW


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