Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 1/7/13
Texas_news_3948
With 19 wins separating the San Antonio Spurs (27-9) and the New Orleans Hornets (8-25), it should be an easy win from a fan's standpoint. From a player's standpoint, Tim Duncan knows better and his San Antonio Spurs aren't going to think underestimate the Hornets. Their coach, Monty Williams, comes from the Spurs' organization and was influenced by Duncan's head coach Gregg Popovich. If Monty is anything close to Pop, the Spurs know that they'll have a Hornets team ready to play despite their record: "They are a very well coached and they're coached to play hard. They have some really good talent." The Hornets have been a challenge to San Antonio the last two meetings this season, both games were extremely close at the end.  In game one, the Spurs squeaked by with a 99-95 win and an equally close 99-94 win in game two. The Hornets were without their star shooting guard Eric Gordon and he's slowly getting into playing shape with more minutes. It'll be a difficult task for San Antonio since they haven't played the Hornets with Gordon in their lineup and that'll change their offense and defense significantly. Their youth is what makes them dangerous on the court, which brings an energy San Antonio can't match with their veteran core. Duncan knows that they are at a disadvantage against the Hornets and they'll command respect. "We're going to respect them and go in there and hopefully play well against them." Nothing is a given in the NBA, especially for the Spurs who have had the experience of witnessing large leads and series leads disappear from them. This veteran squad and its mix of youth will play the Hornets smart and the respect factor is the key to that. Duncan and his Spurs have to use their veteran smarts against Anthony Davis and his Hornets' inexperience. The Spurs will get their open shots and they're not guaranteed to fall every night. That's happened to the Spurs plenty of time. Duncan knows when he said they "hope to play well against them," the defense will play the biggest role and that's how the Spurs will show their respect for the Hornets.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Richie Incognito named starter by Rex Ryan

DeMarco Murray isn't thrilled Eagles limited reps in practice

Brandon Weeden: 'God forbid I am forced to play' for Dallas

Ben Roethlisberger: Markus Wheaton is ready to break out

Hernandez tipster allegedly had sexual relationship with him

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rookie WR Tyler Lockett has Pete Carroll, Seahawks gushing

Packers TE returns to practice in wake of family tragedy

DeSean Jackson: Revis, Sherman can't stop me

Rob Gronkowski on Patriots LB Jamie Collins: ‘He’s a freak’

Ray Allen won't officially retire in case he gets right offer

Cam Newton on taking hits: I'm not a ballerina

Report: Rousey to star in film based on her autobiography

Porn star offers to cook meal for any sports champion

Why everyone is wrong about Cowboys Tony Romo, Part 1

Oregon was only team drug tested during CFB Playoff?

Five 2nd year NBA players ready to take the next step

John Daly wants to be US Ryder Cup captain

Rodgers appears in another Olivia Munn workout video

Matt Hasselbeck is still getting random drug tests

Five teams that won at the MLB trade deadline

What should be expected from Aaron Rodgers in 2015?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is waiting for Tim Duncan to match him

Report: James Harden received $200 million offer to join Adidas

NBA 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 Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

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