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The matchup of the game when Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the San Antonio Spurs is between Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook.
In their last meeting, both players had great games with 14 points and 11 assists from Parker and 18 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds from Westbrook.
San Antonio will likely be without guard Manu Ginobili (quad contusion) and that will have Parker take more of the scoring for the team and likely play more minutes than he would.
Tony will need to control the game early and hope Westbrook's shots aren't falling from the perimeter, giving him more possessions for his team and also keeping the ball out of the hands out of any other Thunder player. He will have to use pick-and-rolls against OKC and have their defense move around and find an open look for a teammate.
With Parker's penetration and scoring, it'll be easier if he can get to the paint.
Parker shot 57% (4-7) from the paint in their last meeting compared to Westbrook's 37% (3-8). Parker will have to use his whole arsenal against the Thunder to replace Manu's absence from tear drop, mid range jumpers, and his newly found 3 point shot.
If the Spurs want to win this game, they'll have to find Parker the easiest shots possible and make their bigs move from the paint to allow penetration.
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Arguably one of the best NBA points guards in the 2000's, Spurs guard Tony Parker showed off his usual flair for the dramatic in the fourth quarter of San Antonio's game against the Boston Celtics last night. Watch as Tony P gets to the rack and somehow uses the top of the backboard to get his circus shot to fall:
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 22 points and eight assists to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 103-88 on Saturday night.
Gary Neal added 20 points, Danny Green scored 12 and Tiago Splitter finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio (19-6), which overcame the loss of Manu Ginobili to improve to 8-2 at home.
Ginobili departed with a bruised...
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The last time these two met in their first matchup, the Spurs got won the game by a huge margin and Parker out played his opposing point guard in less minutes played.
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SAN ANTONIO -- With Manu Ginobili out hurt and Tim Duncan struggling, the San Antonio Spurs turned to Tony Parker and a tested bench to get them a win. They produced in convincing style. Parker had 22 points and eight assists to lead the Spurs to a 103-88 win over the Boston Celtics Saturday night at the AT&T Center. The 12th-year guard was 8-of-14 from the field and 5...
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio guard Tony Parker had 22 points and eight assists to lead the Spurs to a 103-88 win over the Boston Celtics Saturday night at the AT&T Center. Parker was 8 of 14 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line and scored nine points in the final quarter. Gary Neal added 20 points, Tiago Splitter 16 and Danny Green 12 as the Spurs snapped a two...
Celtics drop their 2nd game in a row-tonight they lose to the Spurs in San Antonio, 103-88. This was basically more of the same from Boston tonight: turnovers, poor defense and the inability to make shots when it mattered. Tony Parker easily won the battle of marquee PG’s, lighting-up Rondo and the C’s for 22 points. Parker’s back-up, Gary Neal, was equally impressive, putting...
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Spurs backcourt Tony Parker and Gary Neal combined for 42 points to lead the Spurs over the Celtics 103-88. Paul Pierce and Jason Terry led the Celtics with 19 apiece in the losing effort. Here are some more quick observations:
Jason Terry couldn't miss in the 1st half (17 points).
Jason Terry couldn't make in the 2nd half (1 point).
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