Road game in San Antonio

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (23-34) at San Antonio Spurs (40-16)
  • Date: February 26, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Television: FS Detroit Plus

What to look for

The San Antonio Spurs are one of the best teams in the league because of their talent coupled with their coaching staff. Gregg Popovich continues to “cheat the system” that is called the 82-game regular season.

The Spurs rest starters throughout the campaign by having them miss games or simply resting during large portions of any given contest. This was on full display when San Antonio and the Detroit Pistons met a few weeks ago.

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan played a combined 43 minutes on their way to a loss. Despite the low-minute count for their top players, the Spurs still produced 100 points on 52.4 percent shooting.

San Antonio continues to be arguably the most diverse offense in the league because they rely on movement more than the average NBA team. The Spurs will go to isolations every now and then, but that is mostly by design.

For the most part, every look they obtain is the product of screens, floor spacing, drive and kicks and pick-and-rolls. And even when those “fail”, they will go to post-ups for easy scores or to attract double teams.

The Spurs are fascinating from this standpoint because they can seemingly plug just about any player in their system and score at a high clip. The secret to their formula is so simple that it sounds silly to be honest: Players get open shots from spots where they are proficient at making them.

Even though Popovich’s star players have missed a few games here and there, the Spurs still boast a top-10 offense because of their motion offense. Tonight’s contest might be a tad different in comparison to the last head-to-head matchup between the teams.

San Antonio hasn’t played since last Friday and as a result, the coaching staff might be inclined to ride their starters a little more tonight, especially at home. Detroit will have to play at a high level tonight to ensure they have a chance to steal the game late.

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