The Spurs welcomed Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards to the AT&T Center last night with the return of point guard Tony Parker and perhaps their most cohesive game of the season. Parker paced San Antonio to the tune of 17 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds, sparking the Spurs to a 106-84 drubbing of the Wizards. At the start of this year's training camp, many of the veteran Spurs talked about how this is now Parker's team. This was evident in last night's contest as Parker efficiently quarterbacked the team's offense, along the way reminding us that he remains the only Spur who can score practically at will.
The much needed victory over the Wizards halted a three game skid for the Spurs who have yet to win a game on the road. Seven of their next nine contests will be played in San Antonio, but with Manu Ginobili nursing by a groin injury, there will be challenges. Against Washington, Coach Pop rolled out a strong starting five consisting of Parker, Keith Bogans, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, and Antonio McDyess. If this lineup gets consistent minutes from Coach Pop, look for the Spurs to tighten up their defense and string a few wins together.
Next up for San Antonio is a visit from heralded rookie Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks. Jennings made news last year by electing to skip a year in college to ball in Europe. Now in his first season in the association, Jennings has already dropped a double nickel and should be a handful for Parker and sophomore standout George Hill. Expect solid performances from former Bucks RJ and Keith Bogans who will be looking to impress against their former team.