|Last 5 Games||2-3||-4.5||2-3||1-4||92.2||47.0||44.2%||53.0||92.2||43.0||43.7%||45.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||103.5||51.4||39-81||48.4%||8-22||37.9%||17-21||79.1%||49||8||25||17||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.2||49.4||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||102.1||48.8||38-81||46.9%||8-23||37.3%||17-22||79.3%||48||8||24||18||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||96.2||47.4||37-85||44.2%||6-18||34.7%||15-20||76.4%||50||11||21||19||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.6%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||98.7||47.3||38-86||44.4%||6-18||34.6%||16-21||77.7%||52||12||22||19||8||14||6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+3.4||4-1||2-3||109.6||55.2||50.6%||51.8||98.2||48.6||45.4%||51.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||105.9||52.8||41-85||47.8%||6-19||34.3%||18-26||69.8%||54||13||24||21||9||14||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.1||49.3||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||108.3||53.5||41-85||48.5%||7-19||36.5%||19-27||69.9%||55||13||25||20||10||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.0||51.2||38-85||44.6%||8-23||36.5%||17-23||73.3%||51||12||23||22||8||15||7|
|vs opponents averaging||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-23||75.8%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||97.7||49.1||37-84||44.5%||8-22||34.3%||15-22||70.4%||50||11||23||22||7||16||7|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN ANTONIO 95.6, DENVER 95.5|
|4/4/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||88-100||L||7.5||L||201||U||33-83||39.8%||47||10||38-82||46.3%||51||12|
|4/10/2013||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||SACRAMENTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/19/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||114-104||W||9.5||W||218||P||43-96||44.8%||60||12||37-85||43.5%||51||14|
|3/25/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||86-110||L||-7||L||197||U||25-66||37.9%||42||13||41-85||48.2%||52||12|
|3/27/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||99-100||L||7||W||208.5||U||42-88||47.7%||48||15||35-76||46.1%||48||18|
|4/10/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||PHOENIX|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|SAN ANTONIO: GUARDS: TONY PARKER played at an MVP level last year. His eye injury is obviously not an issue, and he was constantly getting on coach Gregg Popovich to let him finish meaningless games last year. There's no reason he can't repeat last year's performance . . . MANU GINOBILI dealt with a series of nagging injuries last year, and it's clear the team will have to monitor his regular-season workload . . . GARY NEAL provides solid minutes in this rotation, mostly at the point, and is able to consistently knock down threes . . . DANNY GREEN's rotation spot is in a bit of peril. He was too much of an offensive liability in last year's Western Conference Finals . . . NANDO de COLO is a combo guard who can provide instant offense off the bench. He can shoot it and does a nice job getting to the line . . . PATTY MILLS steps in as another viable option in this loaded backcourt . . . CORY JOSEPH's roster spot is in jeopardy after a middling D-League season. FORWARDS: TIM DUNCAN will continue to save it up for the playoffs. He still has plenty left in the tank, but he'll get tons of rest in March and April and more and more often defers to Tony Parker on offense when he does play . . . There's plenty to like about KAWHI LEONARD, who proved to be useful on both ends of the court last season. He'll be asked to be a little more aggressive offensively this year and should even have a couple of sets designed for him . . . STEPHEN JACKSON was a bit of a disaster in Milwaukee before landing with the Spurs last year. He's another veteran who will be paced during the regular season. And while he's been a facilitator in the past, he's really just a catch-and-shoot guy in San Antonio . . . MATT BONNER will continue to come off the bench and hoist some threes. CENTERS: BORIS DIAW's pick-and-pop ability makes him Popovich's top choice in the center rotation . . . TIAGO SPLITTER looks to be a career second-unit guy. He works hard and can defend, but he's just too clunky on the offensive end . . . DeJUAN BLAIR can pick up some cheap baskets, but his lack of offensive skills and defensive size makes him a fringe rotation player.|
|DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON has emerged as the closest thing to a No. 1 option on this team, and despite his size, he's proven capable of playing full-time minutes. He'll continue to post big numbers in an up-tempo system that suits him perfectly . . . ANDRE MILLER will both back up Lawson and share the court with him at times (though Andre Iguodala figures to play a lot of two this season). The steady veteran is one of the league's most underrated sixth men . . . It's a bit surprising that EVAN FOURNIER is making the jump to the NBA this year. His size and skill combo will be nice on the wing one day, but he's unlikely to contribute this year . . . JULYAN STONE will be out until January after offseason hip surgery, but he should be Lawson's main backup upon his return. FORWARDS: DANILO GALLINARI is their most complete offensive player. If healthy, he's capable of being a 20-PPG scorer . . . ANDRE IGUODALA should enjoy the much faster pace Denver plays at. He'll see full-time minutes between both wing spots . . . KENNETH FARIED isn't a skilled big, but he's a high-energy guy who can get his own points off offensive rebounds . . . WILSON CHANDLER could end up leading their second unit in minutes and points . . . COREY BREWER is a front office favorite. He'll stay in the rotation as a defensive presence/glue guy . . . JORDAN HAMILTON could break into the rotation. He's one-dimensional, but has the offensive skills . . . Denver will try to solve the ANTHONY RANDOLPH riddle. Don't expect it to happen this year. CENTERS: Denver is all-in on internet punchline JaVALE McGEE. They'll give the athletic 7-footer every chance to become the star they think he can be. Whether the flaky McGee can capitalize is questionable . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is one of the NBA's best screeners, but his touches will be limited . . . KOSTA KOUFOS has quietly developed into a usable rotation player, but he might be squeezed out of minutes.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (SAN ANTONIO-DENVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Spurs-Nuggets Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
San Antonio (57-20) at Denver (53-24), 10:30 p.m. EDT
Both the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs are banged up heading down the stretch and hope their health improves before the postseason.
They also still have plenty to play for until then.
Denver seeks a franchise-record 21st straight home victory Wednesday night in its quest for home-court advantage versus San Antonio, which is in a tight battle for the Western Conference's top seed.
The Nuggets (53-24) have won 19 of 21 overall, but they've been forced to move forward without their two leading scorers. They lost Danilo Gallinari for the season due to a torn ACL suffered Thursday versus Dallas, and Ty Lawson has sat out four straight and seven of the last eight games with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot.
Lawson is hoping to return before the playoffs as Denver holds a slim lead on Memphis for the third seed. With the Los Angeles Clippers locked into a top-four seed due as a division winner, Denver or Memphis will end up as the No. 5 seed.
"My team has been very good about meeting challenges, both schedule-wise and injury-wise and perseverance-wise," coach George Karl said. "They have a competitive spirit that for a young team is pretty strong."
That certainly showed in Saturday's 132-114 win over Houston, as the Nuggets set a season high for points scored. They improved to an NBA-best 35-3 at home, where they haven't lost since falling to Washington on Jan. 18.
"I've played with Gallo nearly my whole career. I kind of look at him as more than just a teammate," Wilson Chandler, who scored 21 points starting in place of Gallinari, told the team's official website.
"We have a very deep team and we have a lot of players step up."
Corey Brewer scored 22 points off the bench, while Andre Iguodala added 18 and a season-high 14 assists. The Nuggets, who have won four straight, forced 19 turnovers and rank near the top of the league forcing 15.9 per game.
"We pride ourselves on playing fast, and when you get into this altitude, you can't play the way we play," Brewer said.
The Spurs, who have won nine of the last 12 meetings, will attempt to keep up, though they may not have Tony Parker (neck) or Manu Ginobili (hamstring) because of injuries. Boris Diaw will sit out with a lumbar facet sprain.
Parker has missed two of the last three games and Ginobili the last five.
San Antonio (57-20) holds a slim lead on Oklahoma City for the West's top spot, though it had dropped three of four prior to Saturday's 99-97 win over Atlanta.
"We're not in a great rhythm right now," said Tim Duncan, who scored 31 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and added four blocks. "Honestly, the injuries are hurting us. We lost some close ones for a little while and that can push you over the top or that can set you back a little bit."
Duncan has stepped up of late, averaging 23.0 points and 12.0 rebounds over his last 11, including a 23-point, 14-rebound performance in a 100-99 win over Denver on March 27.
"We're so lucky to have him here for as long as we have," coach Gregg Popovich said. "He's an ultimate professional and he rose above a lot to do it."
Duncan scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 112-106 loss Dec. 18 at Denver, though the Spurs have won four of their last six at the Pepsi Center.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 8:27:27 AM EST|