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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Brooklyn Nets

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Spurs visit the hapless Nets in a match up of teams with little in common outside of similar color schemes.

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San Antonio Spurs vs Brooklyn Nets

Barclays Center
Date: 1/11/16, Time: 6:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

The Spurs maintained their perfect home record against the Knicks, if only by the slightest of margins. They get back on the road where they are a less than an amazing 10-6 this year. If there is a knock on this Spurs team it might be that they could certainly play a little better on the road. Of course we are picking nits here with a 32-6 team that has one of the best point differentials in NBA history. The Spurs may have only 10 wins on the road this year, but that happens to match the Nets win total.

I think Brooklyn fans would like to have these "problems".  Things in Brooklyn have not been going well. The Nets sit at 10-27 and have lost four games in a row. Things are so bad that the Nets have fired Lionel Hollins and reassigned their GM, Billy King. Tony Brown will take over as interim Head Coach. After reading up on the Nets over the last couple of days, one is reminded of all the questionable deals that King made. It's really pretty amazing that he lasted for 5+ years.

"By making this decision now, it enables our organization to use the rest of the season to diligently evaluate candidates with proven track records," Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in an official statement from the team. "It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership."

Yet another example of why it's so great to be a Spurs fan. The leadership of Pop and RC Buford has kept this organization from making the short sighted mistakes the likes of which are haunting Brooklyn this season. San Antonio has been relevant for nearly 20 years because of great players, certainly, but also because the teams doesn't lose sight of the future for short sided goals. NetsDaily reports that the Nets have noticed that and will be paying attention tonight at the game:

On Monday, Mikhail Prokhorov, Nets chairman Dmitry Razumov and board member Sergey Kushchenko will fly in to watch the Nets play the Spurs, the model.

One thing is clear, the Spurs need to win this game. These are the types of games to you can't drop if you expect or hope to keep pace with teams like Golden State or the Thunder. Maybe San Antonio hasn't been the same jaw dropping team on the road that they have been at home, but to their credit the Spurs are generally whipping teams that find themselves in the bottom portion of the standings. Let's hope the close game against the Knicks will motivate the Spurs to handle business against the Nets.

San Antonio Spurs (32-6)

Brooklyn Nets (10-27)

January 16, 2016

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NYC, NY

6:30 PM CST

TV: FSSW

Starters

Tony Parker

PG

Shane Larkin

Danny Green

SG

Bojan Bogdanovic

Kawhi Leonard

SF

Joe Johnson

LaMarcus Aldridge

PF

Thaddeus Young

Tim Duncan

C

Brook Lopez

Game prediction: Spurs by 17.

For the Nets fans' perspective, visit NetsDaily.

As always, Tony must dominate Fisher.