Game Notes: Spurs look to build new streak against Bulls

By Joe Buettner

Feb 4, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson (2) brings the ball upcourt against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Chicago 111-101. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tip-off: 7 p.m. CST


Line: Chicago -2.0

O/U: 190.0

Spurs Injury Report: Tim Duncan (knee) is questionable and Manu Ginobili (hamstring) is questionable

Bulls Injury Report: Kirk Hinrich (elbow) is doubtful and Derrick Rose (knee) is out

Sunday’s win summed up in less than 140 characters:

Tony Parker: Point God

— Pounding the Rock (@poundingtherock) February 11, 2013


  • Joakim Noah is considering skipping the All-Star Game next Sunday, though, he still played in Chicago’s Friday night win over the Utah Jazz. Noah missed three games prior to Friday as he tries to overcome plantar fasciitis, but grabbed eleven boards for the Bulls in the victory. Marco Belinelli and Carlos Boozer are listed day-to-day as well.
  • San Antonio once again faces a team that plays at a much slower pace. This benefited San Antonio Sunday when their fast-pace nature helped them storm by the Nets. However, the Bulls are one of the better defensive teams in the league, though they have struggled in their past few games on the defensive end.
  • The Spurs have not beaten the Chicago Bulls since Nov. 17, 2010. They have dropped the past two games to the Bulls, giving them a 1-2 record against Chicago in the Tom Thibodeau Era.
  • In their fourth game of their 2013 Rodeo Road Trip, San Antonio enters the United Center, which boasts the best attendance in the league so far this season. Gregg Popovich is 9-6 all-time at Chicago.
  • The Bulls are coming off a six-game road trip. They went 3-3, ending it with a win over the Utah Jazz. However, they dropped two games prior to that win to the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets—both by double digits.
  • Tony Parker has continued to play at an unbelievably high level in the absence of Duncan and Ginobili. In January and San Antonio’s four games in February, Parker has averaged 23.1 points per game and 23.7 points per game on the road in that span.