UPDATE: Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli will not play for the Spurs tonight:
Spurs Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili out versus Warriors, coach Gregg Popovich said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 23, 2014
Less than a year ago, the San Antonio Spurs ended the Golden State Warriors’ season with a win a Oracle Arena in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals, eliminating them from the playoffs.
Nonetheless, it was a hard-fought series, with the up-and-coming Warriors giving the Spurs everything they could handle. On Saturday night, the two squads will battle in regular season play at Oracle Arena.
As is usually the case, it will be a challenge for the Warriors to trump the Spurs, who have the league’s best record at 52-16 and have won 11 straight games. Their big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginboli continue to prove everyone wrong, as the ageless wonders are rolling towards another outstanding season.
The Warriors, meanwhile, have won three in a row, but the last two have come against far inferior teams in the Magic and Bucks. There’s no question that they will have to step their game up and be close to flawless if they want to defeat the Spurs.
Tale of the Tape
- Points per game: 103.7 (11th)
- Field-goal percentage: 46.0% (9th)
- Three-point percentage: 37.6% (6th)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.5% (T-3rd)
- Rebounds per game: 45.2 (5th)
- Turnovers: 15.1 (T-26th)
- Points per game: 105.4 (6th)
- Field-goal percentage: 49.1% (2nd)
- Three-point percentage: 40.1% (1st)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 44.5% (8th)
- Rebounds per game: 43.0 (T-15th)
- Turnovers: 14.4 (T-18th)
Via Warriors.com notes:
- The Spurs defeated the Warriors, 4-2, in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs… Only the eventual-champion Miami Heat and the Warriors beat the Spurs in the postseason.
- The Warriors split the season series with the Spurs in 2012-13 after being swept by San Antonio in the previous four seasons.
- San Antonio has taken 50 of the last 58 games against Golden State. They have beaten the Warriors twice this season.
GSW: Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out. Nemanja Nedovic is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
SAN: Austin Daye is out.
GOLDEN STATE (44-26)
- F Harrison Barnes (9.5 PPG)
- F David Lee (18.5 PPG)
- C Andrew Bogut (7.8 PPG)
- G Klay Thompson (18.2 PPG)
- G Stephen Curry (23.4 PPG)
SAN ANTONIO (52-16)
- F Kawhi Leonard (12.2 PPG)
- F Tim Duncan (15.0 PPG)
- C Tiago Splitter (8.3 PPG)
- G Danny Green (8.6 PPG)
- G Tony Parker (17.6 PPG)
Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA