The Wizards last faced the Spurs on December 26, 2010 in San Antonio, and they did so without Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee due to their club fight suspension. It was also John Wall’s first game back after missing six in a row and 12 out of 19. The Wizards were competitive, by their standards, but San Antonio moved the ball much better and won 94-80. Plus, Manu Ginobili got into Nick Young’s head. Washington last won in San Antonio on December 11, 1999.
The Wizards haven’t beaten San Antonio in Washington, D.C. since November 12, 2005 — 1,918 days ago. The were last in town on January 2, 2010, the day after the New York Posts’ article came out sensationalizing the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton gun situation. San Antonio’s efficiency won 97-86, Tim Duncan led his team with 23 points on 16 shots, and Roger Mason Jr. added 20 points off the bench. Meanwhile, Gilbert Arenas (25 shots) and Caron Butler (21 shots) were in a pissing contest on offense and scored just 23 and 24 points on their respective attempts. After the game, Flip Saunders spoke about how he wanted Andray Blatche, who started the game with Arenas, Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood, to look for his offense closer to the basket. When asked, Blatche said he was just trying to stay out of Arenas’ way. Andray also took shots like this:
On February 21, 2009 the Spurs won at the Verizon Center 98-67, against thanks to Duncan, 19 points on 13 shots, and Roger Mason Jr., 25 points on 15 shots in a starting role. The rest can simply be explained by the Wizards’ starting a lineup of Mike James, Butler, Dominic McGuire, Jamison and Darius Songaila. Javaris Crittenton had a very Javaris Crittenton game with zero points on three missed shots to go with zero assists, zero turnovers, zero steals, three rebounds and three fouls in 18 minutes off the bench.
About Songaila, who was third on the Wizards with 15 points that game, Comcast’s Steve Buckhantz said: “He’s a smart guy, he knows how to play the game. If he had the body of a . . . Kwame Brown, he’d be an All-Star. And he makes the most with what he has.”
I know, totally random dig at Kwame. Love it.
Hard to believe the Wizards’ third removed home loss to the Spurs came all the way back on February 6, 2008, a San Antonio 85-77 win over Washington. The AP headline on the game was: “Horry keys 17-4 run as Spurs slip past Wizards.” Yes, Robert Horry who was 37-years old back then. Enough said.
And such… the Wizards have beaten the Spurs at home just three times out of the 12 years Tim Duncan has been in the league. One win came on February 9, 2005 when Duncan didn’t play (his only missed game in Washington), another came on November 12, 2005 when Duncan scored his lowest output in D.C. (11 points), and the third Wizards win came on December 31, 2002, when Duncan had his highest scoring output in Washington, 35 points. But Timmy was out-done that year by a combined 64 points from Michael Jordan, Larry Hughes and Jerry Stackhouse.
On this Saturday evening, the Spurs are favored by seven points and the Wizards are without Al Thornton, Rashard Lewis and Josh Howard (still). John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Young, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee will start and try to test a Spurs starting unit of Tony Parker, George Hill, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair as San Antonio look sto bounce back from a 77-71 loss last night in Philadelphia. Good luck, Wizards.