Outside of March Madness, the San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors game is one of the highly anticipated match-ups this weekend. The face-off happens this Saturday at AT & T Center in Texas.
The Spurs have just completed a win over Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers improving their record to 34-0, the second best home record in NBA history. Despite the impressive record, the Spurs are still 3 ½ games behind Golden State in the race for the no.1 seed in the West.
The last time teams with good records faced off late in the season is when the Chicago Bulls (65–8) and the Orlando Magic (55–19) took on each other in April 1996 which the Bulls won. The two teams combined for 120–27. The Spurs and Warriors have a 119–16 combined record with a .881 winning percentage.
So what can we expect from the weekend match-up between the top two teams in the West? Here are five things to watch out for:
- The Tim Duncan difference
Dating back to last season, San Antonio has an unblemished 43–0 home record. Golden State has an atrocious record in Texas losing 32 straight games. The last time they won over the Spurs was in 1997. Since then, San Antonio has waylaid Golden State. The big difference : Tim Duncan.
- Andre Iguodala
Since Iguodala’s absence , Coach Steve Kerr has been relying on Brandon Rush and Shaun Livingston to fill up Iguodala’s role as perimeter defender, spot-up shooter, supplemental ball handler, secondary playmaker, and floor general. While it has worked against teams like Phoenix Suns, Pelicans, and other also-ran teams, Iguodala could sorely be missed especially with an offensively loaded team like San Antonio.
- Kevin Martin and Andre Miller
The Spurs has added Kevin Martin and Andre Miller giving them the league’s best second unit. The addition of the two could make a huge difference in this match-up.
- Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldrige
To keep their winning streak, the pair of Leonard and Aldridge needs to stay hot against the tough defense of Golden State.
- Steph Curry
Can the Spurs stop the sweet-shooting reigning MVP? Curry occasionally scores 30, 40, or 50 points a game. He burned the Spurs with 37 points on 12-for-20 shooting and 6-of-9 from the 3 point range last January.