SAN ANTONIO – For the first time in over a week, the San Antonio Spurs (14-3) are back home to take on the Orlando Magic at the AT&T Center. The Spurs will be trying to extend their over all winning streak to 10.
The Spurs are coming off a huge East coast road trip where they went 3-0. Defeating Charlotte, Boston and Washington to stay undefeated on the road at 10-0, a strange contrast to their home record where they are 4-3.
"We have been understanding that it is usually a more challenging situation and we come out ready to play and we usually deliver the first blow," said Pau Gasol. "And that puts us in an advantages position."
That is a position they have not been able to consistently put themselves in at home.
"At home I feel we sometimes come out a little flat and those slow starts on those three loses really cost us ballgames," said Gasol. "We put ourselves in too big of a hole to get out of."
Gasol is averaging 11 points and seven rebounds a game. Tonight he and the Spurs will be hosting the Magic who are struggling so far this season at 6-11.
The last time they were at home they struggled to beat the lowly Mavericks 96-91 who were just 2-10 at tipoff.
They hope they can bring the road momentum to the AT&T Center.
"We definitely feel like we are headed in the right direction," said Patty Mills. Mills also averaging 11 points a game, second on the team a tenth of a point ahead of Gasol.
Helping in that direction is Davis Bertans. The 6-10 rookie had a pretty impressive road trip.
He had a career high 15 points against Boston. He also had 11 at Charlotte and is starting to impress his teammates.
"He let the game come to him he didn't force anything and he created his offense out of his energy defensively," Mills said.
Since they are at home, they might want to use that road approach and take it to the Magic from the start.
"We understand they have lost a couple of games, gives them more fire power to come out and run and gun," Mills said. "They've got some shooters out there, they move the ball well."
The Spurs should also have former Magic center Dewayne Dedmon available.
ABOUT THE SPURS (14-3): San Antonio is winning without overextending point guard Tony Parker, who missed three games earlier this month with knee pain. The Spurs have not lost since Parker returned to the lineup on Nov. 11, and he scored in double figures six times during the nine-game surge. The 34-year-old Frenchman did not play more than 29 minutes in any game since his return but exploded for a season-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 27 minutes on Saturday.
1. Spurs SG Danny Green is 9-of-15 from 3-point range over the last three games.
2. Magic F Aaron Gordon went 0-of-12 from the field on Sunday.
3. San Antonio took the two meetings last season by a combined 17 points.