The Warriors are looking for the season to end. And end quickly. The San Antonio Spurs are just looking to secure a top spot in the West and prepare for the playoffs. All the chatter of the Spurs being too old to compete are completely insane. They boast a 42-16 record. They are competing for a top spot in the West. They are 3rd in points per game in the league overall. And this is with Manu Ginobilli being sidelined for quite a period of time. And get this. Four Spurs are part of the 10,000 points club. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobilli have done this as teammates. They join an elite group (only four in the history of the NBA) of threesomes who have reached this milestone (the last are those Laker teammates of Bryon Scott, James Worthy and some dude named Magic Johnson).
This game may not mean much for both teams, though certainly more for the Spurs. The Warriors are looking to be the team to kill the seeding race for playoff teams. And the Spurs look to keep pace with the Thunder or pass them.
The Spurs walk into Oracle on a two game win streak. The Warriors own a four game losing streak. The Spurs have owned the Warriors winning 46 out of 53 match-ups with most recently 14 consecutive wins and five in a row at Oracle.
There isn’t much hope for the Warriors. With a limited roster already, the Warriors have added leading scorer David Lee and reserve Richard Jefferson to the ever growing DL list.
However, this is a great time to get some of the rookies and some real bench players to get some minutes. Maybe Nate Robinson will crack the starting five again. I do like Brandon Rush coming off the bench as he has proven several times this season that he can hang in the league.
Tip off starts at 7:30pm PST.