Afternoon Flyers! Unfortunately, there was no access to the internet, let alone a compute due to Winter Storm Jonas. Due to this, there was no “Frequent Flyers” for last week or “Games to Watch” for this week. Now that I am back online, I thought I would talk about the game occurring tonight between the two best teams in the NBA.
Tonight, the San Antonio Spurs visit the Golden State Warriors in what looks to be a future Western Conference Finals matchup. I want to look at this matchup from all angles. I normally would pick who I though would win, but it is too close to call.
Point guard: Stephen Curry vs. Tony Parker
- Curry is on his way to winning another MVP, putting up unbelievable scoring numbers in the process. He will be a very tough matchup for Parker to defend, since Parker has never been known for his defense. On the other side, Curry is not the best defender either and struggles against point guards who try and attack him. In this case, Parker will look to go at Curry as much as possible.
Shooting guard: Danny Green vs. Klay Thompson
- Both of these guys are knock-down shooters and gritty defenders. This will be an interesting battle. Green will have his hands full chasing around Klay, while Green will have Klay stepping out and away from the paint due to his movement around the perimeter looking for open spots.
Small forward: Kawhi Leonard vs. Harrison Barnes
- This will be a physical battle between two of the games best wing players. Leonard is the best defender in the league and a future MVP candidate, while Barnes is the dark horse of the loaded Warriors team, rarely getting credit for his great numbers and impact on the floor. I am not sure how often these two will be matched up with each other, but I think both will be X-factors.
Power forward: Draymond Green vs. David West
- Knowing Popp, it is unclear as to whether or no West will start for the injured Duncan, but this is my guess. Green is another MVP candidate who leads the league in triple-doubles and is the vocal leader of the Dubs. West is a savvy veteran who is one of the most physical players in the league even now in his 30’s. He is big, strong, and a guy you don’t want to mess with, so this will be a great battle between him and Green.
Center: Andrew Bogut vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
- These two will probably not be matched up very often, but at least for the first few minutes of the game, it will be fun to watch. Aldridge will have a bigger load to carry with Duncan out, while Bogut will look to clog the lane on defense to prevent the Spurs from attacking.
Both teams have a lot of depth, with guys like Andre Iguodala, Manu Ginobli, and Boris Diaw as the big names. So the benches will be a big factor in this game. The Spurs use a pick & roll offense and look for shooters off of multiple passes and great player movement. The Warriors look to do the same thing due to Kerr having played for Popovich at the end of his career. I am so excited to watch this game and cannot wait to see who wins.