San Antonio Spurs Need to Bounce Back Against Denver Nuggets

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Soobum Im-USA Today Sports

There’s no question that the San Antonio Spurs need to bounce back quickly if they want to continue their strong start to the season.

Coming off a disappointing loss against the Portland Trail Blazers where they were unable to defend their basket properly, the team led by Gregg Popovich will continue their road trip where they will visit the Denver Nuggets in the altitude of the Pepsi Center. Based on the way these teams have been playing, it’s safe to say that the Spurs have a golden chance to get back to winning ways despite playing away from home.

The Spurs have a great advantage in the paint with the return of Tim Duncan. ‘The Big Fundamental’ looked solid against the Trail Blazers, and he should only continue to get better as the season advances. Considering he’ll have to matchup with players like J.J. Hickson, Timofey Mozgov and JaVale McGee, Duncan should be used often at the low post where he can create a lot of opportunities with his solid skill set.

It’s not like the Spurs won’t have duties on the other end of the court, however, as they will have a tough time stopping Ty Lawson, one of the quickest point guards in the NBA. Tony Parker isn’t known for his defensive capacities so it could be a matchup for Danny Green, one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. If San Antonio can find a way to stop Lawson and Danilo Gallinari, they could have great chances of winning the game.

It’s easier said than done, but it’s undeniable that the Spurs hold a slight edge in this game. The Nuggets are still learning their new system under head coach Brian Shaw, and the overall experience and quality of the Spurs could be too much to handle for a team that has never been strong defensively in the first place.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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