Spurs vs. Celtics: A chance to work on some things
The San Antonio Spurs continue a soft patch of their schedule Wednesday night as they welcome the Boston Celtics to town. San Antonio hasn’t played since Friday night’s win at Utah while Boston is coming off a Tuesday night loss to the Houston Rockets.
Danny Ainge can say this team isn’t tanking all he wants, but let’s put it this way, they’re NOT not tanking. Jeff Green is their best player while Rajon Rondo is rehabbing a knee injury from last winter. I really like Jeff Green. He’d be a perfect back up small forward and small ball 4 for the Spurs. However, if Jeff Green’s your go-to guy you’re NOT not tanking. They’re a bottom five team in offensive efficiency and middle of the road defensively.
On paper, this should be an easy enough win for the Spurs, but I wrote a similar piece on Friday and they ended up almost losing in Utah. Hopefully the rest and being home will help avoid the pitfalls that can come with playing worse teams. Here are some things I’ll be looking for tonight:
-Will Tim Duncan abuse Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Vitor Faverani? If there was ever a time to help him get his groove back on the block, it’s this game right?
-I want to see a little more from Kawhi Leonard. He’s been his typical brilliant self, at least what we were accustomed to seeing last year. He’s definitely decided Tony Parker isn’t the only Spur who can execute a one man fast break. His scoring is up slightly, but so far his offensive rating is down (but so is his defensive rating, which is great). I think a lot of us expected to see him initiating the offense more and we just haven’t seen it yet. Maybe these games that should be blowouts are the perfect opportunity to get some reps in.
-I’d really like to see Avery Bradley and Cory Joseph in at the same time, picking each other up the entire length of the court. Rick Barnes may be terrible at a lot of things, but he does know how to recruit point guards that can play defense.
-This won’t happen tonight or probably ever, but I’d like to see any member of the Spurs with Kelly Olynyk’s hair. Aron Baynes would look especially awesome with that ‘do.
Spurs vs. Celtics tips off from the AT&T Center tonight at 7:30 central time. It’s being broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest and WOAI 1200 AM.