With the exception of their last stop, the San Antonio Spurs have played well on their longest road stretch of the season.
The Spurs look to conclude that stretch on a positive note with a third consecutive victory over the lowly Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Trying for a third straight win overall, San Antonio (31-22) fell short of that feat, losing 106-94 at Philadelphia on Friday.
Despite the defeat, the Spurs are 4-3 on their eight-game road swing that has kept them away from home so far in February. San Antonio, 12-12 on the road this season, hosts Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Before that, however, the Spurs look to hand Detroit (19-35) a third straight loss. San Antonio, which has won two of its last three trips to The Palace of Auburn Hills, beat the Pistons 112-92 at home Jan. 6.
Tony Parker(notes) had 23 points with six assists in that contest for the Spurs, but was held to two points on 1 of 9 shooting against the 76ers. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich believes Parker, who had 28 points in Wednesday’s win at Indiana, is still bothered by foot, ankle and hip injures that contributed to him missing four of the last nine games.
“He’s got some problems,” said Popovich, whose team was outscored 33-18 in the fourth quarter Friday.
Parker’s teammate Tim Duncan(notes) is healthy, but has combined for 18 points in his last two contests. Duncan, though, is averaging 19.8 points and 11.7 rebounds in his last four road games against the Pistons. He had 18 with 18 boards in the Spurs’ 83-79 win in their last visit to Detroit on Feb. 19, 2009.
While Parker and Duncan look to get back on track, Manu Ginobili(notes) has played well for the Spurs of late. He had 24 points Friday and is averaging 19.5 on 27 of 54 shooting in his last four contests. Ginobili scored 16 points against Detroit earlier this season.
The Pistons look to bounce back from a 91-85 home loss to Milwaukee on Friday. Detroit has lost seven of nine at home and likely won’t have an easy time improving on that stretch against the Spurs. The Pistons have been held to 81.3 points on 40.7 percent shooting in their last three meetings with San Antonio at The Palace.
“If it presents itself, that’s fine,” coach John Kuester told the Pistons’ official Web site after his team’s gone 4 of 15 from beyond the arc in the last two games. “We’re not hunting the threes. That’s not an issue. What we’re trying to do is get good shots and execute. I think that’s the important thing.”
Hamilton, who scored a season-high 36 points in a loss at Orlando on Wednesday, had 29 in last month’s loss to the Spurs.