Wizards 13-7 vs Spurs 5-13
When: Monday, Nov 29th, at 8:30 p.m.
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
TV: NBCS Washington, Bally Sports Southwest-San Antonio
Radio: The Team 980, WFED 1500 AM/ WOAI/ KXTN
Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Out, Left ACL), Rui Hachimura ( Out, Personal),
Spurs: Doug McDermott (Day to Day, Knee), Zach Collins (Out, Ankle)
Keep an eye on:
Spurs Offense: is one of the more efficient offenses in the NBA, don't let their record fool you. San Antonio ranks 2nd in assists per game (27.4), 1st in field goals made per game (42.8), 7th in field goal percentage (46.3) and 5th in turnovers (13.2). Washington has been inconsistent on defense throughout most of the season, yet, they find a way to lock down teams for a quarter, for a half to pull out wins. Despite San Antonio having flaws in their offense with them shooting 33 percent from deep and 69 percent from the free throw line this season, they move the ball well and are deadly at scoring the ball from midrange and inside the paint. With all of that in play combined with the athleticism the Spurs have in their young core of Dejounte Murray, who is averaging a near triple double with 18.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 8.1 assists, versatile wing Keldon Johnson, sniper Devin Vassell and high flying Lonnie Walker, Washington must be more consistent defending the ball, especially with the master Gregg Popovich on the opposite bench or it will end up being a long a night for the Wizards.
Fouls: San Antonio only commits 16 fouls per game which is 2nd best in the entire NBA. B####ing to the refs will do more harm than good ESPECIALLY tonight. Washington needs to relax on complaining to the ref and get back on defense. Simple. With Murray distributing the ball, if the Spurs has numbers consistently in transition, they will make up for their lack of 3-point shooting and put a lot of points on the board that way and it will make life tougher for the Wizards. Next play mentality needs to be applied for 48 minutes tonight if they want their 14th win of the season.
Feed Trez And Gaff MORE....Please: Trez Harrell and Daniel Gafford are averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds on 66 percent shooting from the field COMBINED during this West Coast road trip that ends tonight in San Antonio. One footer Jakob Poeltl logs consistent minutes for the Spurs. The rest are guards and wings who stand between 6'2 to 6'9. This isn't rocket science, Washington should look to punish the smaller Spurs every time they come down the floor on offense. There is no way, Trez and Gaff should be combining for 13 shots between the two of them on this trip, they're too good of a finisher and too athletic not to make something happen IF they receive the ball on the block or during P&R/Lob actions.