Preseason Game Day Preview: Spurs vs. Thunder

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (3-2) vs. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (2-2)
TEAM LEADERS

Points Rebounds Assists
SPURS DeJuan Blair 11.8 DeJuan Blair 8.8 Manu Ginobili 3.8
THUNDER Kevin Durant 15.5 Serge Ibaka 6.3 Russell Westbrook 4.8

The San Antonio Spurs continue their preseason home-stand against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both teams are coming off victories against Euroleague powerhouses. The Thunder beat CSKA Moscow, 97-89, while the Spurs defeated Caja Laboral, 108-85.

With the regular season inching closer, expect the Thunder to continue to give their starters significant amount of time on the floor. Entering their preseason game against the Spurs, six of their regular player are averaging at least 23 minutes of playing time.

Likewise, the Spurs will probably play their starters more in this game. In the last preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Richard Jefferson sat out the game so expect them to get back on the court against the Thunder.

Keep in mind with at least two more players to cut on their current roster, expect the camp hopefuls to continue be placed under the microscope.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Spurs:


Offense
– After five preseason games, DeJuan Blair continues to lead the Spurs in scoring, but this time he should have more help on the offensive end. In the latest victory against Caja Laboral, Tony Parker led the Spurs with 22 points.

Defense – Limiting Durant on offense and covering the Thunders’ outside shooters. As a team, the Thunder have converted 44.4% of their shots from behind the arc in four preseason games.

Thunder:

Offense – The Thunders’ offense always starts with Durant but he will definitely have a lot of help. After four preseason games, six Thunder players are averaging in double figures.

Defense – It will be key for the Thunder to limit the Spurs’ inside scoring. Tim Duncan and Blair can both score on the post.

INJURIES

Spurs — Tiago Splitter – strained right plantaris muscle (out).

Thunder – None.

PREDICTION: Even if this is just a preseason game, this might have the feel of a regular season game. If the game is close on the final period, expect both teams to be deliberate, execute their plays down the stretch and try to get the win.

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