Who: Philadelphia 76ers (0-9) vs San Antonio Spurs (5-4)
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
Watch On : Comcast SportsNet/97.5 The Fanatic
The Lowdown: The Sixers wrap up their three-game road trip in the Lone Star State with a game against the reigning NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs are coming off a close game against the Sacramento Kings, a 94-91 loss that saw their three-game win streak come to an end. The Spurs are also getting ready for their next game after the Sixers, a huge matchup on the road against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Which of course begs the question: will Spurs Coach Greg Popovich sit some of his starters and if so, how many of them against the lowly Sixers?
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that he could decide to let Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker all ride the bench for tonight’s game. I mean, this is the Sixers, a team that hasn’t even won a game yet. No one would blame him for already looking ahead to the Cavaliers and keeping his core fresh instead of wasting their talents against a team like the Sixers.
But that would be a mistake if you ask me.
The blowout rout to the Dallas Mavericks notwithstanding, the Sixers have played hard and kept games close all season so far. The loss against the Houston Rockets last Friday was just a case of dumb mistakes at the worst possible time, not a lack of skill. You can tell that the longer this team goes without a win, the hungrier they’re getting. And the more time Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel spend on the hardwood together, the better they are going to get.
The Spurs are only averaging 94.4 points per game, and are allowing 93.7 points, which means that if the Sixers play smart, avoid any stupid technical fouls (yes, I’m looking at you Brett Brown) and Noel has a decent defensive performance, there is a chance that if the Spurs take this game lightly, the Sixers could win this game. A very small chance, but a chance nonetheless.
Next up the Sixers head back home to face Evan Turner the 3-5 Boston Celtics in what might be their best chance of getting their first win of the season.