To say that this season has been unexpected is an understatement (much like the number of blocks Timmeh had against the Knicks). Although most of us thought the Spurs could compete for a top spot in the Western Conference again this year, no one predicted this. 37-6? Holy cow! What a team! And I mean that in every sense of the word. Part of the joy of this season is not knowing who's going to step up in each game - each win is just that much more enjoyable for that unforeseen surprise of who will be the Three Stars at the end of the night. I, for one, have never had more fun following a team's season and am going to continue to enjoy the ride.
Tonight's musical selection:
And now for the preview:
San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Hornets
Where: New Orleans Arena
When: 1/22/2010, 7:00 Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
By the Numbers
PG: Chris Paul has been Chris Paul, although his scoring and FG% are down this year. Tony is having an amazine season, averaging a career high in assists. So even though CFlop gets the spur, Tony has narrowed the gap.
SG: Both Manu and Marco have Italian last names. Otherwise, they're not in the same basketball universe.
SF: Ariza has ankle tendinitis and wasn't supposed to play last night, but did. RJ hasn't been playing great on the offensive end lately; he needs to take advantage of Ariza's ankle and be aggressive.
PF: West is a sweet-shooting PF who rebounds decently. Blair has stopped thinking and just starting ballin'. Welcome back, DeBeast!
C: Okafor is usually good for 10 boards a night. Timmeh flat-out dominated last night.
We've been missing Matty, and with Cubits hurt, our bench just go really short. The Spurs need to watch out for Marcus Thornton, who's killed us in the past.
Monty Williams has done a whale of a job with this team, considering the rumors and roster upheavals at the beginning of the season. Pop gives great interviews on national TV.
This is a SEGABABA for both teams. The Spurs have won 8 in a row - the Hornets, 7. Someone is going to lose their streak tonight.
We have Timmeh - they don't.
The Bees had an easy game last night - the Spurs didn't. I expect a hard-fought game with the good guys prevailing.
Key(s) to the Game
Key 1 - Start strong on defense. The Spurs' defense was sketchy in the 1st quarter last night. They need to start out playing intense.
Key 2 -Bench. Tony, Timmeh and Blair played big minutes (for them) last night. The rest of the guys need to step up.
Spurs Planet (Anyone remember AusTechSpur? ATS? Wane Vore? This is his site. Go check it out. -jrw)
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