The San Antonio Spurs (62-12) return home to face the New Orleans Pelicans (27-46) on Wednesday night. The Spurs look to add to their best home start in team history (37-0).
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It has been well over a year since the Spurs have lost a game at the AT&T Center, they hope New Orleans will not be the team to give them their first blemish of the year. What has been the best home start in the NBA this season as is getting overshadowed by what is going on in Golden State with their history of chasing the Chicago Bulls record, San Antonio having the best year in franchise history could also win 70.
Records do not matter to San Antonio Head Coach Gregg Popovich. This year is no different than others, Popovich each year rests key players in preparation for the grueling post-season. In their 101-87 win Monday against Memphis, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard were all out for rest. LaMarcus Aldridge was the only one of the five that played and finished with 31 points while grabbing 13 rebounds.
When a team can sit their main scoring options and still have the talent to succeed in games that goes a long way and makes it easier on Popovich.
Mar 3, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks over San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Look for this trend of resting players continue for San Antonio for the rest of the regular season. No word yet from the team on whom will be available for New Orleans who sits 34 1/2 games behind the Spurs.
It has been a year of injuries for the Pelicans. Anthony Davis has been shut down for the season to have surgery on his left knee after sporadically missing time earlier. Tyreke Evans has played only 25 games because of knee issues and isn’t expected to play again, and the Pelicans lost Eric Gordon for good to a fractured right ring finger earlier this month.
In their meeting on March 3, the Spurs defeated the Pelicans 94-86 behind Leonard’s 30 points and 11 rebounds while Aldridge added 26.
San Antonio has not lost a game at the AT&T Center since March 12 of last year.