• The San Antonio Spurs will face the New Jersey Nets tomorrow and Nets' guard Devin Harris says the Nets' defense is similar to the Spurs and says he knows how to attack them on the court:
According to Devin Harris, the Nets’ defense is very similar to the Spurs’.
“Our system is sort of the same,” Harris said.
As such, Harris said, the Nets ought to know how to attack the Spurs’ defense when they play them Monday night at the Prudential Center. The key, he said, is to attack them in transition.
“With a team like that, you’ve got to push the pace,” he said. “You don’t want to go against their half-court defense because it’s solid. We’ve got to push the ball, and try to score in the first 6, 7 seconds. We don’t want to spend a lot time in their half-court defense.” (nj.com)
• Nets' coach and former Spurs' player Avery Johnson says he wants the Nets to be known for their outside shooting:
“Oh yeah,” Johnson said when asked if he wants his team to become known for its 3-point shooting. “This is the way the game is now. That’s why (the Nets’ 3-point shooters) will tell you they do not have any restrictions on 3s. As much as people want to say about us being a little bit more disciplined team, I’m liberal in that area, especially with guys who can shoot 3s.” (nj.com)
• The Spurs may have the best record (45-9) in the NBA but according to the LA Times' latest NBA Power Rankings, the Miami Heat are number one:
1. MIAMI (39-14) Riley's Runts go 30-6, with one of Big Three out in three of the losses. (3)
2. SAN ANTONIO (45-9) Forget Lakers and Mavericks. The closest beast in the East is 5½ back. (1)
• With the Trade deadline looming, RealGM.com has some trade deadline needs for the Spurs and names Troy Murphy as a player the Spurs could target:
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