|SPURS||Tim Duncan 23.0||Tim Duncan 12.0||Tony Parker 9.0|
|HORNETS||David West 19.5||Emeka Okafor 8.5||Chris Paul 11.5|
The Hornets are coming off a thrilling 101-95 victory against the Denver Nuggets and will try to extend their winning streak to three games against a well rested San Antonio squad.
The Spurs will likely to continue to miss the services of Brazilian big man Tiago Splitter and Matt Bonner who is expected to be out up to two weeks after spraining his right ankle in the Spurs’ season opener.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Offense — The Spurs used a balanced offensive attack on their season opener against the Pacers. It will be key for the Spurs to try and jump on their opponents early in game as the Hornets will play the second night of back-to-backs. Tim Duncan must establish his inside game and at the same time find open teammates to hit their outside shots.
Offense — It all starts with Paul, and he is getting plenty of help. After two games, four Hornets are averaging in double figures. David West has been anchoring the teams’ inside offense while Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli has provided backcourt scoring.
Defense — Limiting Duncan on the inside and defending the perimeter. The Spurs shot 45% from behind the arc entering this game. Also, transition defense seeing how the Spurs used more of a running game in their win over the Pacers.
Spurs — Tiago Splitter – strained right plantaris muscle (out), Matt Bonner – sprained right ankle.
Hornets — None.