How the Silver and Black Scrimmage will benefit the San Antonio Spurs before the season starts.
The NBA season is only three weeks away, which means preparation is set to begin. That goes for the San Antonio Spurs who will get underway this week.
On Monday, the Spurs held their annual Media Day. Tuesday will see them start training camp, which lasts until Oct. 1. However, in the midst of that and the first preseason game, San Antonio will host their Black and Silver Open Scrimmage.
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Although it is a scrimmage, it will be very beneficial to the team. This is the first time that the players will be hitting the floor together in front of a crowd.
With the Spurs gaining some new faces over the summer, this will be a great time to see how they mesh. Let’s take a look at three ways this scrimmage can benefit the team.
3. New teams need to gain in-game experience together
It is no secret that team chemistry is important for all sports. In FIFA, when building your team, if your chemistry is higher, then your team will perform better. The same goes for basketball.
The Spurs had a rather lackluster offseason. They let go of two key players in Dewayne Dedmon and Jonathan Simmons. But, they were able to grab Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul to help fill the void.
Because of this, the team needs to play together. Although practice is good, getting out in front of a crowd is going to benefit them even more.
During the scrimmage, players will get a feel for how the others play the game. They can see how each player reacts to the pressure of a crowd. Although a lot of the players have played in an NBA environment, some haven’t. As a result, this will give these players a real in-game scenario opportunity.
Coach Gregg Popovich could also use this time as a way to test out lineups. Rather than using a real game to try a lineup and see it fail, Popovich will be gifted the opportunity to use his own players as a test. With the Spurs playing more small this year, the starting lineup is still up in the air. Popovich could make his decision during this game.
2. This could be a way for coaches to address any flaws they see
Criticism is one thing that comes with wearing a Spurs jersey. If you make a mistake, Popovich will let you know that you made one. This game is a great chance for Pop, as well as other players, to point out any major flaws they see.
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Players are more than capable of fixing a bad tendency they may have. With this scrimmage being a few weeks before opening night, players will have time to work these out. Most of all, this will give other players a chance to critique their teammates.
Most of all, this will give other players a chance to critique their teammates. If teammates are willing to take the advice given, this will build even more team chemistry.
1. It will get the fans even more excited for the season
Because the season is a month away, the hype is beginning to build. Therefore, fans are eager to see their favorite team in action.
This is the first time fans will be able to watch the Spurs play in the AT&T Stadium this year. Fans will get to see Gay, Paul, and other unfamiliar faces play. This could be the perfect way for the Spurs to ensure their fans that they will provide a great season.
Fans will be given 25 percent off to purchase their new Nike Spurs apparel at the Spurs Fan Shop. As well as $1 beers and soda.
Therefore, this scrimmage is more than just for fun. This is a way to get the players out and playing in front of their home crowd for the first time. This is crucial for the Spurs to ensure they are confident this season.