Found January 18, 2013 on Project Spurs:
Tim Duncan and David Lee will be the matchup for tonight's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. Duncan is coming off another impressive performance against the Memphis Grizzlies. He had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks and helped carry San Antonio to a win. The Warriors will be tested with Stephen Curry's recent ankle injury so the Warriors may be looking for David Lee to score and carry some of the load for the team. Duncan and Lee will be an exciting matchup with both being able to shoot and score in the paint. From last season's matchup, Lee shot 50% from the restricted area and from mid range (both were 2-4) while Duncan had a more impressing showing with 80% shooting from the paint (4-5) and 50% from mid range area (2-4). What Duncan must do on offense: He has to use his length and height against Lee. Duncan is still playing at an impressive rate and his long arms and height will help shoot over other forwards or centers without fear of getting blocked. Lee is not known as a physical player and Duncan can exploit that on the offensive end by posting up. The Spurs will have to play a mix of slow and fast paced styles and Duncan will be relied upon to make both of those happen. The Warriors are not known as a great defensive team, so Duncan can easily get to the rim by posting up and that'll open shots for the rest of the team. The Spurs can go with a few 4 Down plays in the shot clock and get quick shots up, a mix of the old slower style incorporated with the new faster style the San Antonio Spurs like to play. What Duncan must do on defense: He has to dare Lee to be active on the offensive end. The Spurs will be able to score against the Warriors, but they have to get some stops and get some breathing room for the bench to come in. That will be mostly on Duncan, who will have to guard the Warriors' versatile players while having to protect the paint at the same time. Duncan's been timing other shots perfectly as of late with his 2.8 blocks per game so far this season. He's also great at getting position for rebounding on the defensive end and that leads to quick outlets for the team. Duncan will have to be the Spurs' best all around defender this game for the team to win.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Duncan's fundamentals showing with big blocks

Tim Duncan's performances this year have been nothing short of inspirational to San Antonio Spurs fans. His willingness to not only step back as the main focus of the offense shows his humbleness and his true will to win. While the Spurs are more team oriented than ever before, Duncan's contributions are more noticeable on the defensive end this year than in previous...

Duncan says Spurs need to improve on road

Don't think the San Antonio Spurs' 31-11 (third in the Western Conference) is pleasing enough for them, especially for Tim Duncan. They're 18-2 home record is impressive, but they've been here before. They've played well at home in recent years and they've still gotten eliminated early on in the playoffs. Duncan is also looking at the other side of the...

Spurs win 14th in a row at home

Tim Duncan had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Golden State Warriors, 95-88, on Friday night to extend their home winning streak to 14 games. Tony Parker added 25 points and eight assists for San Antonio (31-11), which is an NBA-best 18-2 at home. Tiago Splitter added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Green scored 13. David Lee had 22 points...

Parker, Duncan propel Spurs to blowout

Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-82 on Wednesday night, extending their home winning streak to 13 games. The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field in becoming just the third team to score more than 100 points against the Grizzlies.Boris Diaw added 14, Kawhi Leonard 13 and Tiago Splitter...

Parker and Duncan help Spurs rout Grizzlies

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-82 on Wednesday night, extending their home winning streak to 13 games. The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field in becoming just the third team to score more than 100 points against the Grizzlies.Boris Diaw added 14, Kawhi Leonard...

Stephen Curry returns from ankle injury; David Lee sits with ankle sprain

Good news, bad news for the Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry will play against the New Orleans Hornets Saturday night. The bad news: David Lee will sit out with an ankle injury, according to Warriors beat writer Rusty Simmons. Hopefully, Curry isn't rushing back. Curry had been sidelined with the ankle injury since Wednesday.  On the season, Curry is averaging...

Stephen Curry to play vs. Hornets; David Lee out

Good news: Stephen Curry will return for the Warriors Saturday night against the Pelicans Hornets. Bad news: David Lee will not be playing. Curry returns to the Warriors lineup after the team went 0-2 in his absence due to yet another sprained right ankle. From Rusty Simmons of the Chronicle: Curry went through pregame agility drills with the Warriors’ head athletic trainer and...

Spurs 95, Warriors 88

SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Tim Duncan as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 95-88 Friday night, and extended their home win streak to 14. The Spurs, who have dominated the series against the Warriors by winning 28 consecutive home games, were in danger of ending the longest single streak against an NBA team. Behind by as much...

Spurs continue their home domination over Warriors

SAN ANTONIO -- The friendly confines of the AT&T Center have the San Antonio Spurs surging to some unprecedented streaks. The Spurs got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Tim Duncan as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 95-88 Friday night, extending their home win streak to 14. The Spurs have dominated the series against the Warriors by winning 28 consecutive home games...

Spurs left off All-Star starters list

Any San Antonio Spurs fans hoping to see Tim Duncan or Tony Parker starting for the Western Conference in this year’s All-Star game will be a little disappointed by the results. The starters for both conferences were announced last night. For the West, it will be Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant. For the East, it’s Dwyane Wade, Rajon...

Spurs-76ers Preview

Even without two of their stars, the San Antonio Spurs took a big step toward putting their road struggles behind them. After losing seven of nine away from home, the Spurs try to make it two straight road victories and sweep the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. With Tim Duncan given the night off and Manu Ginobili out with a hamstring injury, San Antonio (32-11) won its fourth...

Video: Parker attacks paint for 3-point play

Without Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker was going to be the lone star for the San Antonio Spurs and he didn't disappoint against the Atlanta Hawks. Parker had a brief moment where he saw no one protecting the rim and didn't think twice about driving for a strong layup for a three point play. Tiago Splitter also sets a great pick to bump the defender out of the...

Grizzlies fall to Spurs, lose third straight

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-82 on Wednesday night, extending their home winning streak to 13 games. The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field in becoming just the third team to score more than 100 points against the Grizzlies.Boris Diaw added 14, Kawhi Leonard...

Spurs 98, Hawks 93

ATLANTA -- The San Antonio Spurs rested Tim Duncan and were without the injured Manu Ginobili, but they still managed to beat the Atlanta Hawks 98-93 Saturday night at Philips Arena. Tony Parker was the difference in the fourth quarter. He led the Spurs (32-11) with 23 points and 12 assists; Matt Bonner had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and also grabbed five rebounds....

Minus Duncan and Ginobili, Spurs win over Hawks behind Parker, Splitter, and Bonner

Coming into Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs looked like they would have to overcome giant odds to get a victory in Atlanta against the 6th seeded Hawks on the second night of a back-to-back and without two members of the “Big 3.” When the 48-minutes were over Saturday evening, the Spurs walked off the floor with a 98-93 victory as Tony Parker delivered a much needed performance...
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!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.