Warriors-Spurs: What to watch for

January 4, 2012, 7:04 pm
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Warriors (2-3) vs. San Antonio (3-2) at 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

SAN ANTONIO --No city has been more unkind to the Warriors than San Antonio. The Spurs have beaten theWarriors 26 consecutive times here.Will the streak end tonight?Well see. The Warriors will get David Lee back fortonights game, and the Spurs will be without Manu Ginobili, out with a brokenfinger. Here are some things to watch for tonight:Parker vs. Curry: There arent many pointguards as adept at getting into the lane than Spurs point guard Tony Parker.And keeping guards out of the paint is something that Stephen Curry and otherWarriors guards struggle at. How the Warriors do at this facet of the game willgo a long way toward determining whether that 26-loss streak in San Antoniowill come to an end.Defending Duncan: Dont confuse being onthe downside of a career with being over the hill. Duncan isnt the same playerhe was in the past, but hes still very, very good.The Warriors are better suited to defend Duncan this yearthan in past years simply because theyve got two defensive-minded big men inEkpe Udoh and Kwame Brown.Defending the twos and threes: WithGinobili out, the Warriors need to win the matchups at shooting guard and smallforward. In other words, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright and Brandon Rush need tooutplay James Anderson and Richard Jefferson.

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