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Here’s what to know.
article title The Spurs and Warriors were among the worst teams in the NBA last season in both shooting percentage (36.3 percent) and field goal percentage (38.2 percent).
They’ll be facing each other for the first time in the preseason, which will give both teams a chance to showcase their skills in front of the home fans.
Here are a few key takeaways: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has done a lot of things right this preseason, and he’s already on his way to another team-record 37-game winning streak.
It will be interesting to see if he continues that success this season.
For now, the Spurs look like a different team than last season, as they improved from 19th in the league in offensive rating to 12th last season.
Their offense was up a whopping 16.6 points per 100 possessions this season to 28.1 points per game, a significant improvement from last season’s 29.5 points per contest.
If Popovich can keep his team playing well, they should be a top-10 team this season in the defensive ratings category, but they’ll need to make up some ground in the offensive ratings category.
They’ll also need to get better in the post, as this year they were second in points per possession in the restricted area (11.4 points per team) but were the only team to rank in the bottom half of that category.
If they can do that, they’ll have the best record in the Western Conference and should be the favorite to win the West.
Kawhi Parker was the best player on the court last season (31.8 points per 48 minutes) but he didn’t have the same impact defensively as he did a year ago.
Popovich is looking to change that.
The Spurs have a lot to prove this season and they have to be much better defensively than they were last season if they want to compete in the West for the playoffs.
They’ve got a tough schedule coming up, including a tough stretch against the Warriors in the first half of July.
For the Warriors, the All, a preseason game is their first opportunity to show their brand new coach how they’re going to play.
If the Spurs can play their best basketball this preseason and they get past the Warriors early in the schedule, they could have a chance at making the playoffs this season as well.
The rest of the teams that have been in the playoffs for the past four years are coming off a losing season.
There’s no guarantee that these teams will make the playoffs next season, and it’ll be interesting for fans to see how the Spurs and Golden State bounce back in the postseason.
The All-NBA team will be announced Monday night, and we’ll be there to discuss the rest of it.