Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/29/12
San Antonio Spurs (13-3) vs. Miami Heat (10-3) 8 p.m./TNT Um, so this game got a lot less interesting. I mean, it might be fun to watch because Charles Barkley is calling the game, but Gregg Popovich's decision to send Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili home to end this road trip for San Antonio takes a lot of the juice out of this game. This is not a 13-3 Spurs squad walking into American Airlines Arena. This is not a team that has gone 5-0 on this road trip that ends tonight in Miami. And so the Heat with their super trio will probably run roughshod over the Spurs and win easily. The Spurs were 0-2 in games played without the trio last year. It is a rare occasion that all three do not play and rarely does it turn out well for San Antonio. Certainly, the Spurs do not do it against teams playing as well as the Heat. The Spurs are likely to keep playing hard and they are such a tight-knit group that they could probably still run their stuff even without their key players and run it effectively. Doing it against the Heat is an entirely different story. Miami cannot be licking its lips too much because San Antonio could still be dangerous. But there is the potential for embarrassment. I am sure Barkley will have something to say about that. Other Storylines to Watch -So who steps up with those three out? Tiago Splitter has been very good for the Spurs of late, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in an earlier game against the Wizards and he had nine points and four rebounds in 16.5 minutes last night against the Magic. He could be seeing a featured role against the Heat tonight against the small Heat front line. He cannot forget his main role and has to make sure Miami dominates the glass. -They may not need him tonight, but Shane Battier is out for another week with a strained MCL. The Heat like Battier's versatility and ability to defend on the perimeter and he will become even more important as the season moves on. Now, it is OK to have him sitting out. Tonight's Other Games Denver Nuggets (8-7) vs. Golden State Warriors (8-6) 10:30 p.m./TNT Life is tough right now for Andrew Bogut. Bogut is still not back and he said he is holding himself out until he is 100 percent healthy. The intrigue though comes from his revealing that he had microfracture surgery on his left ankle and not a minor procedure as previously described. Golden State has been very good without him, but Bogut is fighting his body right now and eventually he will make his way back to the court. [follow]

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kyrie Irving has no regrets about cursing at heckler who taunted him about LeBron

Tennessee's Rashaan Gaulden flips double bird to 'Bama fans, down by 22 points

WATCH: Adrian Killins injured after crashing into goat bucket

Twitter reacts to Adrian Killins leaving everyone in dust on 79-yard TD

Kristaps Porzingis wants to see changes from Knicks before committing long-term

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jimbo Fisher gets into it with fan holding derogatory sign after loss

WATCH: Longhorns coach trucked during sideline celebration

Cam Newton violates NFL rules by refusing to speak with media all week

Jemele Hill says she ‘deserved’ ESPN suspension, stands by comments

Six teams on upset alert in NFL Week 7

Kevin Durant would ‘love’ to make All-Defensive Team

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker