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#WizSpurs Gameday Blog

November 13, 2013


The Spurs led the Wizards from start to finish on Wednesday night in San Antonio, finishing with a 92-79 win.  The Wizards actually cut the Spurs' lead to just 3 late in the third quarter but the Spurs would follow that with a 16-0 run to put the game away.  Trevor Ariza and John Wall both were injured in the contest and did not return.  Ariza suffered a strained hamstring while Wall was poked in the eye.  With Ariza out for the second half, Martell Webster really stepped up, grabbing a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.  Bradley Beal recovered from his poor shooting night against Dallas to go for 19 points on 9/19 shooting.  For the Spurs, Tim Duncan was just 1/12 from the field but six Spurs finished in double figures.  Boris Diaw and Tony Parker were particularly efficient with Diaw shooting 7/8 and Parker 7/9. - Jacob Raim

Pregame Update:

Checking in from the AT&T Center here in San Antonio where we get ready for #WizSpurs.

After hearing what Randy Wittman said last night and then hearing him again during pregame availability, it sounds as if we will see some different combinations tonight off the bench.  It's not really a surprise, given that the bench has not given this team the production they need, so look to see either some different personnel or a different rotation in tonight's game. Witt would not go into specifics as far as who we may see or what changes he would make, but he did indicate that there would be a good chance some changes were coming.

We saw both Jan Vesely and Glen Rice Jr. for the first time last night, though they just came in to play the final minute of the game once it was already decided, but maybe tonight one or both of them see meaningful minutes. Maybe tonight we see Garrett Temple play at the PG spot to shake things up a little bit. We've seen very little of Trevor Booker since Nene returned from his injury, so maybe we see more of him tonight. We'll have to wait and see what Witt has up his sleeve in tonight's #WizSpurs contest.

You can see his full interview here:

Besides the second unit being shaken up, the other thing to look for tonight will be consistency on the defensive end. That means making the right rotations and communicating on each possession. The Wizards have not yet held a team under 100 points this season and they'll have their hands full tonight with Tony Parker running the show for the Spurs.

Before the game, Parker and his French national team teammate Kevin Seraphin had a friendly conversation near the Wizards bench:

The Live Chat gets going at 8:30 tonight, I'll be chatting all game long so come in and join the conversation!

We've made it to the final stop of this road trip, San Antonio, Texas. A quick flight from Dallas last night got us into San Antonio around 1am, where we arrived at our hotel by the Riverwalk.

The message from the postgame locker room last night was almost all about consistency and defense, two things the Wizards have lacked through the first seven games. After being so solid on the defensive end last season, this was not something that was a burning question entering this year.

The Wizards will have another tough test tonight, as they play another team averaging over 100 points per game and a team that executes as well as any team in the league.

The Spurs are getting contributions from not just their starters, but nine different players are averaging over 7.0 ppg. A balanced attack has given the Spurs a 7-1 record out of the gate and it's that balance that makes them so dangerous. They share the ball so well it's hard to focus on just one or two guys, but tonight the Wizards really need a team defensive effort to get the upset.

The Wizards have not win in San Antonio since 1999, but sometimes when nobody gives you a chance to win, those are the ones you can steal.

Randy Wittman hinted that he may shake up his bench tonight so that will be something to keep an eye on as the Wizards look to get a spark from their second unit.

The action kicks off at 8:30pm ET with a Live Chat from San Antonio.

Here is today's Courtside Report with Eric Maynor who talked with Casey Phillips about how the team needs to keep grinding on the road: