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Blazers-Spurs: Game Preview and Prediction

Busta BucketCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2009

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Blazers
18-12

Analysis

Spurs
15-10

PG

Our point guard situation will be tested in a big way against one of the more dynamic guards in the league. Tony Parker has been up and down a bit this year, but these Spurs are capable of beating any team, especially at home. I don't think Blake or Miller can guard Parker, and I'm just glad Bayless plays real minutes now because he may be our only hope.

SA

PG

SG

Brandon Roy, what more can we say? The guy continues to grind and carry this team through every horrible injury. No way San Antonio can stop him, and I like Bayless' athleticism in this game. Roy goes for 30, but it will be the fringe guys who get us anywhere near a victory.

SG

SF

Richard Jefferson hasn't exactly been the key cog that everyone thought he'd be. He's great with his strong hand and excellent in transition, but he doesn't seem to get enough touches here. Unfortunately, he's still better than Martell Webster. Webster has struggled, and if he could at least stop Jefferson offensively, then I'd consider it a good day.

SA

SF

PF

The big fundamental has returned to form, especially over the last month where he's putting up 21 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 apg, and 2.4 bpg. Very impressive indeed. He's helped lead the Spurs to six wins in their last seven games. I know LaMarcus will be asked to have a bigger role tonight, but I don't see him competing overall against this front-line. Spurs take it.

SA

PF

C

That is reality to your left. No more centers for Portland, just an old vet and a rookie playing in his second game. DeJaun Blair will crash the boards and cause chaos physically on the interior. I'm not sure who comes out ahead on this, but for the sake of giving us a break, Portland will take this matchup. We won't win this game though. Not in San Antonio, and especially not since the Blazers won last night.

C

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