The San Antonio Spurs (54-10) take on the Chicago Bulls (32-30) Thursday night at the AT&T Center. Spurs are 30-0 at home this season.
Red hot. Speaking on the Spurs. At home this season, San Antonio is a perfect 30-0. With the ‘Big 3’ unable to play and Head Coach Gregg Popovich missing as he was dealing with a family medical condition, the Spurs had a minor hiccup when they went 1-1 on the road.
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No time for them to dwell on the loss as they were back at work on Tuesday where they faced off against the lonely Minnesota Timberwolves. Timberwolves had no answer for the Spurs as they shot nearly 55-percent. Behind LaMarcus Aldridge 29 points, the Spurs defeated the Timberwolves 116-91.
The Spurs are now 10-0 in back-to-back games this season.
With momentum on their side, San Antonio returns home where they have won 39-consecutive wins dating back to an overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 12th last season. Spurs are also one shy for the third-longest, behind the 1995-1996 Orlando Magic.
San Antonio’s .832 win percentage at home since the start of 2009-10 is easily the NBA’s best. The Bulls have split six games there in that span. Their 7-5 record versus the Spurs during that time.
The Bulls’ this season comes into the game dealing with injuries. Aaron Brooks (patellar tendinitis) and Bobby Portis (orbital contusion) in Monday’s win, has had 142 player games missed due to injury.
Nov 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
The Bulls have won four straight over San Antonio when Derrick Rose has played. He’s shooting 55.1 percent and averaging 21.4 points since the All-Star break.
On Wednesday, the Spurs officially signed veteran guard Kevin Martin who could make his Spurs debut Thursday. Martin was bought out by Minnesota on March 1 after averaging 10.6 points in 39 games, 7.0 below his career scoring average.
Miller finished with 13 points and five assists as he controlled the tempo of the game. The team did not miss a beat. He was exceptional. Miller tallied 25 minutes and made every one of them count.
The Spurs and Bulls are scheduled to tip at 8:00 PM Eastern and will be televised on TNT.