So the Spurs are 7-1, and have won 6 in a row. Last night, the very thought of this made me positively giddy. But then I realized it's only good enough for 3rd in the insane Western Conference, and some good teams are going to come knocking soon. Starting with the first SEGABABA of the year, tonight in Oklahoma City.
Here's a look at the rest of the Spurs' November schedule, just in case you were getting used to playing bad teams every single game.
Nov. 17th: Chicago
Nov. 19th: @ Utah
Nov. 20th: Cleveland
Nov. 22nd: Orlando
Nov. 24th: @ Minnesota
Nov. 26th: Dallas
Nov. 28th: @ New Orleans
Nov. 30th: @ Golden State
If we can survive that stretch and still be 3rd in the West, I'll be shocked. Shocked, I say. Am I right to be so concerned? It's hard to say, so here's a song for your listening enjoyment:
Paging Mr. BlaseE...
Tonight's opponent is a bit easier than our next two, so it would be awesome if we could start off this rougher part of the schedule with a win. The Thunder are actually much, much worse on defense than I thought, and worse than they were last year. Also, their greatest weakness is the 3-point line, on both sides of the ball. Which is good, because we're the best team in the league at making threes, and the worst at defending them. So, look for that to be one of the big keys to tonight's game.
And now, your regularly-scheduled preview.
San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Where: Ford Center, Oklahoma City
When: 11/14/2010, 6:00PM Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
By the Numbers
Data source: basketball-reference.com
PG: Russell Westbrook is on my fantasy team in the PtR league. This is how I know he's having a really good year so far. Also having a good year, Frenchie McWonderbutt, averaging (so far) more assists than he has any other season. Oh, by the way, both of these guys are incredible scorers.
SG: Thabo is a great, great defensive player. But Manu is a member of the FSM's family. Any questions?
SF: With all due respect to how well RJ 2.0 has been playing this year, he's up against the league's leading scorer(for the second straight season), who also happens to be a very good defensive player. I only hope RJ 2.0 can hold his own.
PF: Whether it's Green(listed as day to day because of a mild left ankle sprain) or Ibaka, both are better defensively than our Beast. Blair hasn't been playing very well thus far in the season, save for the last two games. I may start giving him the spur if he starts playing better consistently.
C: Let's see... Duncan vs. Krstic. I'm gonna go ahead and pick the GOATPUFF.
George, Tiago, Gary Neal and company will look to maintain a high level of play for us off the bench. This bench has some incredible players, and the Thunderclusters actually look a little thin. Not that those young whippersnappers in the starting lineup need a lot of rest, but still...
Brooks seems to be a good coach, but this year will be a big test. His team isn't sneaking up on anybody this season, so it'll be interesting to see how even-keeled he can keep the team. On the other side, Pop has our guys off to their best start in a long time.
OKC gets to the line more than any team not names the Miami Heat. And once they get there, nobody's better at making the freebies. So basically, let's not foul a lot tonight, OK?
Once again, we have Manu.
Even though this is a tough test for our guys, I believe in them. Let's get the W.
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