A visit from one of the league’s weakest teams should help the San Antonio Spurs rebound from some recent poor play at home.
San Antonio looks for its league-leading 20th home win of the season when they meet the injury-riddled Charlotte Bobcats.
The Spurs have won all three meetings from the Bobcats by an average of more than 15 points per game since Charlotte entered the league last season.
After starting the season with 17 wins in 18 games at the AT&T Center, the Spurs lost for the second time in four games there after an 89-85 setback Sunday to the Denver Nuggets.
Tim Duncan had 14 points—more than six below his season average—and 13 rebounds, but had a team-high six turnovers. Duncan also has been held to 20 or fewer points in five of the last six games.
The two-time MVP is averaging 24 points in two games against the Bobcats.
San Antonio is shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range this season, but was just 4 for 23 on 3-pointers. The Spurs also allowed a season-high 32 points off the fast break.
“You have to make shots to win basketball games and we didn’t do that,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “You also have to get back on defense, so it was a double-whammy.”
San Antonio also was without guard Manu Ginobili, who sprained his right ankle in Friday night’s win in Miami and is expected to miss some time.
“Manu being out hurts us though. Before he went down we were starting to establish our roles,” Tony Parker said. “We just have to do our best until he gets back.”
After scoring a career-high 38 points in Friday’s win over Miami, Parker had just 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting against the Nuggets. Parker was averaging 23.5 points on 35 for 50 (70 percent) shooting in his previous four games.
The Bobcats continue to lose players to injury.
“It is unfortunate that we have suffered another injury but we will continue to play hard and compete with the group that we have,” coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “Keith has played well for us this season whenever he’s been called upon and we will miss him during his injury.”
Bogans averaged 8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals while playing nearly 22 minutes a game in 39 games this season.
The Bobcats have dropped seven in a row on the road.