We’d like to see real, bruising, honest-to-goodness, real-life matchups on all of those dates — home March 19, away on April 7 and home on April 10 — but also on Jan. 25.
Imagine how belittled San Antonio fans would feel if the Warriors played their bench against us. We’d call them scaredy-cats, even if there were good strategic reasons for benching their best.
The Spurs bench beating the Warriors has some allure, but we really want to see honest-to-goodness matchups, if only to see what level of game we need to bring.
It's unlikely that Duncan's knee issues are serious, as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich typically manages the minutes of his veterans to prevent any potential injuries from worsening.
It’s hard to argue that this isn’t the biggest regular season matchup we’ve seen in our lifetimes. In fact, it’s the first time in NBA history that two teams with winning percentages better than .850 have played each other this late in the season.