Game Day Preview: Spurs vs. Bobcats

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (4-1) vs. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (1-5)
TEAM LEADERS

Points Rebounds Assists
SPURS Manu Ginobili 21.0 Tim Duncan 10.8 Tony Parker 8.4
BOBCATS Gerald Wallace 19.0 Gerald Wallace 8.0 D.J. Augustin 6.5

The San Antonio Spurs (4-1) are on a roll winning three straight games. The latest was a 124-121 thrilling overtime victory over the Houston Rockets. They will try to it make four straight when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats (1-5) who are coming off a tough 91-88 home loss to the Orlando Magic.

The Bobcats are still winless at home after two games and will try to avoid 0-3 start at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Gerald Wallace is playing well as of late, he scored 25 points and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds in the game against the Magic.

The Spurs look to build on their early momentum and will have to execute better down the stretch. Despite being 4-1, the Spurs still have a lot to improve on both ends of the floor. Especially on the defensive end. Saturday’s overtime win over the short-handed Rockets confirmed that.

The San Antonio Spurs are 10-2 all-time against the Charlotte Bobcats.

KEYS TO THE GAME

SPURS:


Offense
It will be key for the Spurs to establish their inside game early on and their outside shooters has to be ready to take the open shots with Duncan being doubled often on the inside. Tony Parker’s play-making ability must again anchor the Spurs’ offensive attack.
Defense — The Bobcats are a physical team so it will be key for the Spurs to defend the passing lanes and limit Charlotte’s dribble penetrations.
BOBCATS:

Offense — The Bobcats may not be scoring a lot of points but this team have plenty of fire power. Entering this game, five Bobcats are averaging in double figures.

Defense — It will be key for Bobcats to set the tone on defense, if they can slow down Duncan in the paint that will help a lot. However, they still have be wary about the Spurs passing and perimeter game with Parker, Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson on the backcourt.

INJURIES

Spurs — George Hill – trapezius muscle (day-to-day), Matt Bonner – sprained right ankle (out). 

Bobcats — Kwame Brown – ankle (out)

PREDICTION: The Spurs will try their best to extend their winning streak to four games, but the Bobcats are a physical team that plays tough defense and will try to win their first home game of the season. Both teams will be equally motivated to win this one, but the Spurs will come out victorious in another close game.

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