NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 10th (All times eastern)
Golden State Warriors (0-4) at San Antonio Spurs (2-1), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors try for their first win of the season this evening when they head to San Antonio to battle Tim Duncan and the Spurs at the SBC Center.
However, getting that win might be easier said than done, as the Warriors have not won in San Antonio in nearly eight years. Golden State has lost 13 straight as the visitor in this series with its last win on the road in this matchup coming back on February 14, 1997.
The Warriors are off to an 0-4 start this season after dropping a 101-98 overtime decision to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday at American Airlines Center.
Jason Richardson, who hit a three in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime, led the way with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who have dropped four straight to begin the season for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Derek Fisher scored 23 points with nine assists despite going just 6-for-23 from the field. Fisher, who left the Lakers and signed as a free agent with the Warriors in the offseason, has averaged 13.3 points and 4.5 assists in Golden State's first four games of the season.
Golden State, in the midst of a five-game road trip, is 0-1 away from home this season.
San Antonio, meanwhile, also enters tonight's tilt on a losing note after falling to the Seattle SuperSonics, 113-94 on Sunday. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili each tallied 21 points for the Spurs, who suffered their first loss of the season (2-1). San Antonio only shot 43 percent from the field and turned the ball over 20 times in the loss.
Duncan finished with 17 points and 10 boards in Sunday's loss, while Brent Barry, who left Seattle and signed with the Spurs as a free agent in the offseason, netted eight points against his former team.
Duncan has averaged 24.3 points and 13.3 boards in San Antonio's first three contests, while Parker has registered 15.7 points and 5.3 assists per game.
On the milestone watch, head coach Gregg Popovich is just two wins shy of 400 for his career. If the Spurs win two games within their next 17 contests, he will trail only Pat Riley (540 games), Phil Jackson (557 games), Casey Jones (564 games), and Billy Cunningham (572 games) on the all-time list of fastest coaches to 400 victories. Popovich has a career mark of 398-211.
The Spurs, who will host Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat on Friday, are 1-0 at home this season.
Last season, San Antonio split its four matchups with the Warriors, but has won five of the last seven overall matchups. The home team in this series has also won eight of the last nine meetings.
11/10 10:14:26 ET