NBA Regular Season Game #26:
San Antonio Spurs (18-4) @ Utah Jazz (6-19)
Let's just all agree that Duncan is a center, and not a power forward, okay? Okay.
The Spurs are good on offense, defense, coaching, have All-Star players, and have a number of rings. We start a guy that the Spurs traded away, and was so bad they also had to sweeten the deal by also trading away a point guard and a 1st round pick as well. But we're the guys doing it right, according to the radio and TV guys. So we've got that going for us. (caddyshack.png) I can't write much more because . . . well . . . real life means not being able to write all night long. Or day long. Or whatever.
- Point Guards: Tony Parker vs. Trey Burke
- Shooting Guards: Danny Green vs. Gordon Hayward
- Small Forwards: Kawhi Leonard vs. Richard Jefferson
- Power Forwards: Jeff Ayres (formerly Jeff Pendergraph - long story, read it here) vs. Marvin Williams
- Centers: Tim Duncan vs. Derrick Favors
The Jazz are not injured, but will not have Rudy Gobert or Ian Clark available as they have just been assigned to the NB-DL. (The Spurs have a guy there already named Myck Kabongo, but whatever... it's not always about Kabongo) The Spurs missed Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes last night to a left calf strain and left posterior tibialis respectively. The two bigmen, if they miss tonight, will mean the Spurs are even thinner inside than normal. Thin being a depth issue, not a BMI issue, they still have Boris Diaw on the team, remember?
Tonight will be the fourth game in five nights for the Spurs, and had a one night stop at home to change out dirty laundry. By Christmas they will have played 7 of 12 games on the road, and right now are starting another four game road trip tonight. As Andy put it on twitter, they are cranky. The Jazz do not have any such immediate problems with health, energy, or location. But after tonight the Jazz embark on a five game road trip out East before Christmas.
We're a few weeks away, but let's try to leave the Spurs with a coal in their stockings tonight -- they sure as heck aren't supposed to leave Utah with our title belt.