Injuries have determined quite a few team’s fates this season already. Most importantly, the Bulls losing Derrick Rose to another knee injury for the season has taken some energy from the Bulls’ hopes and aspirations for this season. It seems that injuries are the topic of discussion again for tonight’s slate of prime time games on TNT. The first game of tonight will have the Chicago Bulls going against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the early game, which should be a good one. And for the selection for game of the night, it will be the second game in the doubleheader with the San Antonio Spurs against the Golden State Warriors.
Last year in the playoffs, we all got a treat with 6 exciting games in the Western Conference Semifinals between these two teams. The only thing anyone can complain about that series is that we did not get to a Game 7 and to see if the Spurs would manage or if Stephen Curry could make more playoff magic in his first time in the NBA playoffs. Tonight’s game will be a little bit of a different story with Tony Parker missing the game tonight with a bruised shin.
The Spurs are a team of excellence and a model of consistency. The only worry about this team is health. With the original ‘Big 3’ in Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili are all getting up there in age and mileage on their bodies from all of the regular season and playoff battles in route to their 3 NBA Championships together. However, with that said, the Spurs are again in the perfect position to win the Western conference with a 20-5 record so far this season. Tonight will be a challenge as they have to find someone to contain Stephen Curry in Oracle arena.
The Warriors have been struggling as of late, losing their last 5+ games, before pulling out a victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. It seems that they will get Andre Iguodala back in the line-up with him missing 12 games with a hamstring injury. I just wonder if the problem with this team so far this season is the fact that their chemistry has been thrown off with all of the off-season moves. Harrison Barnes seemed to be the perfect fit for the team at the SF starting next to Thompson and Curry. Now it seems that the Curry has to play more minutes with no true backup point guard. Many believe Iguodala has the ability to control the ball and spare Curry when he needs a breather.
The Pick: In Curry we trust, especially without Tony Parker guarding him. The only chance the Spurs have to win the game tonight is for Curry to leave his shot and game at home tonight before arriving to the arena. The Spurs do not have anyone at the point guard position to challenge Curry. Duncan and Ginobili have to step up and provide a little more scoring production, but that also puts the onus on Leonard and Green to come through and play big as well. I just have a feeling it will be a little bit too much Warriors tonight for the Spurs. Warriors 105 – Spurs 99
National TV: TNT
Time: 10:30 EST
(Ed. note: It was recently announced that both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are OUT for tonight’s game.)