The Pels are riding a 3 game winning streak, but they're going to face the stiffest of tests against the Spurs tonight. San Antonio is tied for the best record in the league and naturally, sit undefeated at home. Meanwhile we're an anemic 1-4 on the road. (Yeah, how did we beat Memphis again?)
Last year, we fared reasonable well against the Spurs, going 1-2, but more importantly, both losses went down to the wire. Anthony Davis doesn't mind facing the silver and black, as during his rookie season, he averaged 16.3 PPG, 8.5 REB, 1.5 STL, 1.0 BLK on excellent shooting 55.6 FG% / 88.2 FT%. With his super powers having increased three fold over the summer, and still no one that can handle him one-on-one, he might go supernova. Additionally, Eric Gordon can go right ahead and be tonight's Robin, as he has played them extremely well them over the course of his career.
Another factor that may be in our favor is Tim Duncan is off to an incredibly slow start. In 2013-14, he is posting a ton of worsts in his career: points, rebounds and field goal percentage. Not having watched him play yet, it's not easy to pinpoint the source of his troubles. Hopefully though, whatever it is, lasts one more game.
Despite the Big Fundamental's struggles, the rest of the team has been firing on all cylinders. They've been playing so well that Popovich has been able to employ a large rotation -- only Tony Parker currently averages over 30 minutes a game.
As I remarked in the comments yesterday, I fear tonight. The Pelicans defensive rotations have suffered all kinds of breakdowns, so whether it's Tony Parker running a pick and roll or the Spurs swinging the ball around the perimeter, they could end up with a hundred wide open looks from the perimeter. Let's pray that Friday's come from behind win, sparks the good guys to do something special at the AT&T Center.