San Antonio Spurs in their fifth game of week vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors, 87-79, on Saturday. The Spurs’ victory, and the ability they showed to disrupt the Warriors’ offense, should open some eyes to San Antonio’s extraordinary season. The Spurs are 35-0 at home and are only three games behind the Warriors. The Oklahoma City Thunder hosts the Spurs, who are playing for the third time in four nights. Oklahoma City can move back as a contender in the Western Conference with a win against San Antonio on Saturday. The Spurs face a tough test in this one because the Thunder are playing well and are putting the post break struggles behind them. The Oklahoma City Thunder host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The basketball game will be broadcast on NBA TV.
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has become a triple-double machine. In the five games since the 93-85 loss to San Antonio on March 12, the Thunder averaged 119.0 points per game and Westbrook has four triple-doubles with averages of 19.2 points, 12.0 assists and 10.8 rebounds. Westbrook solved the Spurs defense for 33 points on 12 of 23 shooting, and 10 assists in Oklahoma City’s home win in the season opener.
The San Antonio Spurs will be severely tested by a Thunder team who has been playing well. The last time these teams met, the Spurs’ top-ranked defense clamped down, holding OKC to 38.3 percent shooting and 11.1 percent from the 3 point line. The last game against San Antonio was the Thunder’s lowest point total of the NBA season. The Spurs will be playing their fifth game in a week span are sure to be worn down. We give the edge in this game to the Thunder who are playing well and will look to take advantage of that scheduling.
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San Antonio Spurs travel to take on Cleveland Cavaliers this Saturday
The San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a 30 point loss to the Warriors last week. It is evident that the Warriors are the best team right now and this upcoming game is to see which team is second best right now. Cleveland was the 23rd victim of San Antonio’s unbeaten home streak two weeks ago. All of the Spurs losses this season have come on the road where they are 14-7. The Cavs will be playing at home this time and look to return the favor under new coach Tyronn Lue. The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers is schedule to start at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena. The matchup will be broadcast on ABC.
The new Clevand Cavaliers coach was brought on to to improve LeBron James. James should benefit greatly from the up-tempo style Lue wants in Cleveland. It seemed to pay dividends against the Suns. We’ll see if it works against the Spurs. With that question hanging over every Cavalier’s head, especially LeBron James, given the criticisms he’s faced over Blatt’s firing, it was good to see them look like they were up to the task against the Phoenix Suns. James was needed in the fourth quarter of a 115-93 stomping of the Suns. For the first time in the new Lue era, the Cavs were dominant. James piled up 21 points, nine assists, and three rebounds in 31 minutes. He shot 7-of-8 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line. Their new style of play is similar to the Warriors, who torched San Antonio’s top-ranked defense, and Lue and James are looking for similar results.
The San Antonio Spurs got run off the court in a 120-90 loss to Golden State on Monday. They came back by dismantling Houston 130-99 Wednesday night. The Spurs should be well rested for their second matchup with the Cavs in two weeks. No one played more than 30 minutes in the rout of Houston and they have two full days off before attempting to sweep the season series. The teams are pretty equal talent wise and the difference will come from the coach. Popovich has been doing this much longer than Lue and if the Cavs new bench boss thinks he can outsmart the best in the game, the Cavs could see another blowout loss on their home floor.
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San Antonio Spurs unblemished home record will get serious challenge from LA Clippers
San Antonio’s unbeaten home record will get a stiff challenge from the Clippers in a re-match of a Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Spurs ended last season with a loss in LA after dropping two home games in the series. They said protecting home court was a priority and they meant it, going 14-0 at ATT Center following Tuesdays win over Washington. The game between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs is scheduled to take place Friday, December 18, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET at the ATT Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
The Los Angeles Clippers will pose a threat, but their undisciplined style will be no match for the poised and controlled play of San Antonio.The Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is starting to fit into the lineup. Spurs center Duncan is also ready to go after a night off on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard playing at another level now and it’s hard to envision the Spurs losing. They might not drop a home game all season.
The Los Angles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is back to feeling healthy after missing several games with a rib injury and has helped the Clips win nine of their past 11 games. He has had a good series in the playoff win over San Antonio, making over 30 points for two times. Chris Paul has speed and quickness that are more than Tony Parker can handle and when Paul drives to the basket his options increase. Paul is exceptional at breaking down defenders with his ability to make the mid-range jumper and defenders have to follow him to the three-point line because he can make the long ball as well. Paul is averaging 11.4 assists over the last five games. It will be tough against the Spurs defense, but Paul is one that can do it.
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