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Game #58 Preview: San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Hornets

Well, the Spurs won a nationally televised game that I watched. It doesn't necessarily mean anything in the grand scheme of the universe, but it was a nice change of pace. The team played pretty well, getting very balanced scoring, with six guys getting double digits. Jefferson played maybe his most complete game of the season, making a concerted effort to be aggressive with the ball by driving to the basket. Tony was his old self, flashing through the paint on offense. Manu showed the ice water in his veins by going 6-6 from the line in the last minutes of the game. And Timmeh was Timmeh.

Yes, we got lucky with J-Rich missing that dunk, but the Suns were on a five-game win streak and the Spurs managed a win against a good team. I'm choosing to be optimistic that this is the start of something.

Maybe, as CMoney so eloquently opined in the game thread, we fans will look back at February 28, 2010, as

the game that changed everything.

We've been undermanned lately, but here's hoping this is the start of a great string of hackish previews.

San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Hornets
Where: New Orleans Arena - New Orleans, LA
When: March 1, 2010; 7:00 PM Spurs time
Watch: FSN Southwest


How They Stack Up
21-10 Home 20-9
12-14 Road 11-20
Offense 99.8
96.5 Defense 101.2
46.8 FG% 45.6
3-pt% 36.1
FT% 78.7
Rebounds 40.9
TOs 12.5
5-5 Last 10 5-5
Won 1
Streak Lost 1
2nd, Southwest Position 3rd,Southwest

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Sydney 9:00 AM
8:00 AM
Philippines/Perth 7:00 AM
Egypt 3:00 AM
Central Europe
2:00 AM
Argentina 10:00 PM
US Time Zones
8:00 PM
6:00 PM
Pacific 5:00 PM



Tony Parker
Still Ballin'

Point Guard

Scrappy Doo is still out due to injury. That's good for us. Even though Tony is still dealing with injuries (plantar fascists, left lolipopsoaps, and food poisoning), he has been playing well lately. Collison is a good player, but Tony gets the white box.

Advantage: Spurs

Darren Collison


Manu Ginobili
Crazy Man

Shooting Guard

Although Manu's shot is not always on, the rest of his game is back, including his sometimes questionable passes. I know nothing about Peterson's game, but he's not Manu. I am assuming, however, that he is better than Bogans.

Advantage: Spurs

Morris Peterson
Who Knows


Richard Jefferson
Somewhat Angry

Small Forward

Well, I have to give RJ his due. He's been playing much better lately and was absolutely stellar against the Suns. And he hasn't sulked about coming off the bench. Peja has not been good most of the year, although he has been putting together some realy good games in February. Just because Stojakovic is still a dangerous shooter, it's a tie.

Advantage: Tied

Peja Stojakovic
Not the Same Peja


Tim Duncan
Money in the Bank

Power Forward

West is a good player. He put up a monster 40/10 game in the Hornets win against the Magic, but he's no Tim Duncan.

Advantage: Spurs

David West
Solid Big Man


Antonio McDyess
Gave us a Scare


Dice gave us all a major scare in the last game. However, he came back in the game and really played well. Okafor's numbers are down this year, but he's still a threat for a double-double in each game. The lean goes towards the younger man.

Advantage: Hornets

Emeka Okafor
Another Solid Big Man


DeJuan Blair
Just Plays

Bench & Role Players

With Paul out, Collison is no longer a weapon off of the bench, shortening the Hornets already short bench. I know why Pop is confused by Blair. Does he get his shot blocked too much and sometimes lose the ball in traffic? Yes. But he always hustles, never gives up and just knows how to play the game. Plus, he has a great smile.

Advantage: Spurs

James Posey
Ro-Ho 0.5


Gregg Popovich
Still Needs a Beard


Pop moved RJ to the bench, which is working. He's given Hairston more minutes than Bonner and Finley combined in the last two games. And his crazy lineups have produced. Yay Pop!

Advantage: Spurs

Jeff Bower
Looks Like Your Friendly I.R.S. agent
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Other Factors



The Hornets are playing at home; we're still not a good road team.

Advantage: Hornets


The Mojo is dead.

Advantage: No One


We seem to be clicking (maybe). The Hornets are a few games behind us in the standings. Plus, our next game is against these very same Bees on Friday, so a win is needed.

Keys To The Game

  • Protect the Paint - The Hornets have good big guys. The Spurs need to make sure they don't make a living in the lane.
  • Pressure the Point - Collison is a rookie - let's see if we can pressure him into some mistakes.
  • Balance the Baskets - Our success against the Suns had a lot to do with the balanced scoring. Getting four or more in double digits would be a success.

Strength of Schedule

This is a SEGABABA on the road, although the FIGABABA against Phoenix at least was an early game. It also a SEGABABA for the Nooch, having lost at Dallas last night.

Last Time They Met

The Spurs beat the Hornets on their home court the last time these two teams met. The Spurs' 97-90 win was headlined by Timmeh and Tony, with the Spurs winning the rebounding contest by a 50-38 advantage.

Some Other Reading


At The Hive - The SB Nation site for the Hornets.
Hornets 24/7 - The NOOCH's TrueHoop affiliate.


48 Minutes of Hell: The best TrueHoop team blog. A must read.
Project Spurs: Check out their podcasts and articles.

Where to Tune In


This game will be aired on Fox Sports SW in San Antonio, and the local network in New Orleans. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel. And of course, there's always League Pass for the haves. For the have nots, read on.


As always, NBA League Pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Most Spurs games will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". You can also shoot an email to for more assistance.

NBA League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out.


If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).