Posted: March 24, 2014
With a dozen games left in the 2013-14 season, the Sixers (15-55) are in San Antonio to take on the 53-16 Spurs.
Same Old Spurs
It seems as if every new season San Antonio’s dominance catches us by surprise. Winners of at least 50 games in each of the last 15 seasons, the Gregg Popovich-coached Spurs currently sit atop a tough Western Conference with 53 wins – that total is good for best in the NBA as well. Amazingly, their 76.8% winning percentage would be Popovich’s best in 18 seasons with San Antonio should it hold up. The Spurs have won 13 straight games heading into Monday night’s meeting.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown spent 12 seasons with the Spurs, first as their director of player development, and later as an assistant coach, before being hired by Philadelphia in August for his first NBA head coaching position. This will be Brown’s first game back in San Antonio and his second against his former team – the first was a 109-85 home loss in November.
Acquired by the Sixers on trade deadline day last month, center Henry Sims has impressed as the team’s starting center. Two weeks ago, the 23-year-old notched his first career double-double, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game against the Sacramento Kings. Over his last two games, he’s notched double-doubles numbers two and three, finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds Friday night against the Knicks and following that up with an 18-point, 15-rebound outing Saturday in Chicago.
|Category||Sixers (15-55)||Spurs (53-16)|
|PPG||Thaddeus Young – 18.1||Tony Parker – 17.6|
|RPG||Henry Sims – 7.0||Tim Duncan – 10.0|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.3||Tony Parker – 6.1|
|SPG||Thaddeus Young – 2.2||Kawhi Leonard – 1.7|
|BPG||Jarvis Varnado – 0.8||Tim Duncan – 1.9|