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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Philidelphia 76ers

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The Spurs come back to San Antonio after a West Coast road trip to take on the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad Philadelphia 76ers.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
November 17, 2014, 7:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

The San Antonio Spurs come into this game versus the Philadelphia 76ers at 5-4, and have looked pretty sloppy all season long so far. They rank 24th in the league in both team FG% and points per game, and are 26th in the league in 3PT%. The ball movement is still there, and they're getting open looks, but as a team they just aren't knocking down shots.

Tiago Splitter has been out with injuries, and that means guys like Jeff Ayres and Aron Baynes, who are lesser scorers, are going to be relied upon to put pints on the board. Kawhi Leonard has mostly struggled with eye problems, first an infection and then getting cut just above his eye during the Lakers game. These physical ailments, coupled with some players having early-season rust (Hi, Danny Green!), have led to the Spurs' offensive attack not being quite on point so far. These problems are certainly fixable, but it will take a little while before they can be solved, even if they look great against Philly.

The 76ers, on the other hand, do not have fixable problems. GM Sam Hinkie has taken command of another tanking campaign, making it so the Sixers are awful, and will continue to be awful for the remainder of the season. A couple of not-quite-as-dull spots for Philly come in the forms of Tony Wroten and K.J. McDaniels

Wroten, an athletic guard in his second year with the team, has become their best scorer, averaging 20.3 points per contest on 44% from the field. He also averages 6.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. McDaniels, the 32nd overall pick in this year's draft, has played above his pick value so far. He's been one of the most efficient scorers on Philadelphia's roster, and has used his great athleticism to make plays defensively. He gets an insane amount of blocks for a guard, with 1.4 per game.

Of course, we can't really talk about the Sixers without discussing Nerlens Noel. The 6th overall pick from 2013 hasn't done anything eye-popping on the court yet for Philly, but he does provide a beacon of hope. Remember, if he had not had injuries to his knees in college, he probably would have been the top pick in his draft. He missed all of last year, and is one of the most intriguing rookies this year. He had a great Summer League performance, and should adapt as the season goes on. Watch out for him in the middle on defense to see how he's grasping NBA concepts so far.

vs

Philadelphia 76ers (0-9)

San Antonio Spurs (5-4)

November 17, 2014

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

7:30 PM CDT

TV: FSSW

Radio: WOAI 1200AM

Starters

Tony Wroten

PG

Tony Parker

Hollis Thompson

SG

Danny Green

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

SF

Kawhi Leonard

Brandon Davies

PF

Boris Diaw

Henry Sims

C

Tim Duncan



For the 76ers' perspective, visit Liberty Ballers.

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