Mon Jan 07 04:52pm EST
I'm aware that the ostensible NCAA Football championship is on tonight, I don't care that it's on tonight, but I am aware of it. So know going into this that I'm not trying to make a plea for you to dump the pigskin for these two games if pigskin is what you're into, and that we're more or less working in a vacuum, save for the Top Gear that I'm Tivo'ing at 9.
Denver and Phoenix, in spite of Denver's superb defense and above-average (barely, 14th in the NBA) offense, will be a real treat. Both teams run like mad, both teams are starting to get a little edge to them, and I'm interested to see how the Suns react to Amare Stoudemire's blow-off of practice on Sunday.
San Antonio at Golden State
will also be a hellacious game. The Warriors took it to the Spurs on
December 11th, beating them in a 96-84 contest that saw Don
Nelson's (above, with Doug Moe) bunch enjoy a 30-12 advantage in the second
quarter. Of course, Tim Duncan wasn't around for that one. He'll be around
tonight, and I don't think Brandan Wright will
be getting another start.
If Wright does start? Cojones, Nellie. Cojones.
Denver: 21-12, 98.6 possessions per game (1st), 107.8 points scored per 100 possessions (14th), 103.2 points allowed per 100 possessions (3rd).
Phoenix: 23-10, 96.2 possessions per game (4th), 114.2 points scored per 100 possessions (1st), 107.4 points allowed per 100 possessions (15th).
San Antonio: 23-9, 88 possessions per game (28th), 111.7 points scored per 100 possessions (7th), 104 points allowed per 100 possessions (4th).
Golden State: 19-15, 96.8 possessions per game (2nd), 111.2 points scored per 100 possessions (8th), 109.5 points allowed per 100 possessions (26th).