Last season, the San Antonio Spurs were dominant on their home court, losing just one game there all season. This year, the team has decided to flip the script. They are dominating NBA teams on the road. The Spurs have yet to lose outside of San Antonio. On Saturday night, they head into the nation’s capital in an attempt to keep that streak going. The Spurs will take on the Washington Wizards, as reported by ESPN.
Just a day after Thanksgiving, the San Antonio Spurs were put to the test. They had a game against the Boston Celtics during their east coast road trip. The Spurs were going up against one of the few teams in the Eastern Conference that has a chance, albeit not a very big chance, at catching to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. San Antonio made a comeback and defeat the Celtics, so additional momentum was gained.
The San Antonio Spurs used to have one of the best back courts in the NBA in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Those days are long gone. Both guys are role players for the Spurs now. In terms of talent, the Washington Wizards have one of the best back courts in basketball in John Wall and Bradley Beal. Unfortunately, the two of them have yet to build the required chemistry to become a bigger threat in the National Basketball Association.
Things might be a little easier for the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night if the NBA front office decides to punish Bradley Beal. There is still a chance that a suspension could take place because the shooting guard was involved in an incident during the game between the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic. During an altercation, Beal ended up putting his hands around the throat of Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier.
If Bradley Beal is not punished with a suspension, then Danny Green will need to step up for the San Antonio Spurs. Known as a strong defender in the NBA, Green has a good chance at slowing down his counterpart. However, Beal is also one of those players that has potential to explode on any given game.
A Washington Wizards guard that will be playing against the San Antonio Spurs is John Wall. For his team to have a chance against a red hot contender, the dynamic guard is going to have to be relentless in attacking on offense. Some are saying that Tony Parker has lost a step, so Wall might be able to produce a big game. Patty Mills will also be called upon by the Spurs to help slow down Wall.
Otto Porter might have the hardest job in the game. He will be tasked with trying to slow down Kawhi Leonard, who has worked himself into being a legitimate contender for the NBA MVP award. The San Antonio Spurs small forward is looking even more dangerous as a scorer, as Leonard feels that he needs to become that guy for the franchise to continue challenging for a championship.
The battle at power forward is more than likely going to be won by the San Antonio Spurs. While Markieff Morris has been an excellent addition to the Washington Wizards roster since being acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Suns, he is simply just above average. LaMarcus Aldridge, on the other hand, is an All Star level player. Morris will need to figure out how to keep up with Aldridge.
Pau Gasol is coming off of a zero point game against the Boston Celtics, so look for him to be a little more motivated than normal when he faces the Washington Wizards. Marcin Gortat is a solid defender, but Gasol is an above average scorer.
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