NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 8th
(All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (36-14) at Charlotte Bobcats (22-28), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs lost their first game of the Rodeo
trip last time out, but will try and get back on track Saturday night when
they visit the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Spurs defeated the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards, but the
Wizards victory took a toll. Tony Parker left with a back injury and that kept
him out of San Antonio's 103-89 loss Thursday to the Brooklyn Nets.
Tim Duncan (rest) also sat out, along with Boris Diaw (illness), but both are
expected back in the lineup Saturday. Parker is considered doubtful against
Charlotte, but Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili are both still a ways away from
To compound the problems, the Spurs survived double-overtime on Wednesday to
"I'm really proud of my guys. I thought they did a great job. After the
[double overtime] game last night, then to come in here tonight, I thought the
effort was great," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
Cory Joseph paced San Antonio with 18 points against Brooklyn, while Danny
Green netted 17 points and Patty Mills registered 16 off the bench.
The Spurs had won three in a row before Thursday and will still visit the
Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers
and Phoenix Suns on the long sojourn.
The Bobcats returned home from a very successful western road trip, where they
went 3-1 with victories over the Denver Nuggets, LA Lakers and Golden State
Warriors and a loss against the Suns.
Charlotte's win over the Warriors ended the trip and it was the most
resounding. The Bobcats left Oracle Arena with a 91-75 victory, as Al
Jefferson led all scorers with 30 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bobcats held the Warriors to a horrid 31 percent shooting and led by as
many as 22 in cruising to their 22nd victory of the season, already surpassing
last year's win total.
They welcomed back Kemba Walker, who missed the previous seven games with an
ankle injury and chipped in seven points, seven assists and six boards
"We let him dictate when he came in and out," Charlotte head coach Steve
Clifford said of Walker's return. "Obviously he makes a big difference with
Gerald Henderson also filled the stat sheet with 17 points, eight rebounds and
six assists for Charlotte, which went 4-3 with Walker out of the lineup.
The Spurs have won five in a row against the Bobcats and is 15-2 all-time in
the series. San Antonio is 7-1 in Charlotte.
02/08 16:03:35 ET