Make no mistake, the Spurs are desperate, and LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) and Pau Gasol (knee, shoulder) will be back in the lineup just in time for the Pelicans matchup this Thursday night.
While the new year has been dreadful to the Spurs at 14-18, and just four wins in their last 13, they can never be taken lightly. As LMA returned to the linup, the Spurs hung it on the slumping Magic, 108-72. Ouch.
That said, the Spurs may still be a bit disjointed. Each player on the roster has led the team in scoring at one point this season, with LMA leading the charge at 43. The Spurs have also utilized 24 starting lineups this year including Tuesday’s Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson, LMA lineup which eviscerated our poor friends from Orlando.
The Spurs also love to play at home, where they are 24-8 this season. They are every bit as desperate as the Pelicans at 38-30, tied for eighth in the Western Conference, and they hold the most difficult schedule going forward.
One bright spot for the Pelicans is the continually befuddling story coming from Kawhi Leonard’s camp. Kawhi was reportedly set to return, but has since rebuffed that report.
The Spurs, 28th in pace, will look to slow this one down and utilize their first ranked defense to stymy the Pelicans. With their young and athletic starting lineup, they will look to outhustle the Pelicans and speed their way into the paint, around the slower footed Rajon Rondo, E’Twaun Moore and Nikola Mirotic.
Will Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday be enough to stop them? Who else will step up?
We discuss this, as well as so much more, with Pounding the Rock’s Editor, JR Wilco.
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