The San Antonio Spurs (19-7) will take on the Denver Nuggets (13-12) tonight in Denver and will be looking to shake off a huge loss to the Thunder last night.
The Spurs and Nuggets met early this season with San Antonio winning 126-100. The Spurs were dominant from the opening tip, outscoring Denver 33-15 in the first quarter while holding the Nuggets to 39% shooting and forcing them into nine turnovers. Manu Ginobili led all scorers with 20 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three. Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets in scoring with 15 points.
The Spurs are coming off a 107-93 loss to the Thunder with Nando De Colo scoring 14 points and six assists.
The Nuggets are coming off a 122-97 win over the Kings with JaVale McGee finishing with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
So as these two teams get set to square off, here are five things to watch for during the game:
• Denver is 11-2 when allowing fewer than 100 points and are 4-1 when holding their opponent below 90 points.
• Denver is averaging 19.3 fast break points in their past 13 games.
• Denver is 10-3 this season when registering nine-or-more steals.
• Denver is 5-0 when leading after three quarters.
• San Antonio is 4-2 in the second half of back-to-backs.
Tonight the Spurs lost again. It is a confirmation that drastic changes MUST be done. Neal, Green, Diaw, Jackson and Bonner are disappointments. Blair and Joseph did not even play. Only the heroics of TD kept them afloat but, from the 2nd quarter till the final buzzer left NO DOUBT that the Spurs will lose. At least 6 of these players have to go. Only the most avid fan of the Spurs will oppose this move. Mgnt and coach Pop MUST act with dispatch.