On November 5th the Spurs logged their first win of the season in a grueling 2OT time victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. If it weren't for the heroics of Tony Parker, who scored 55 points, the Spurs would have surely dropped to 0-4. Parker scored at will throughout the game, but was most impressive during the two overtime periods. If the Wolves are going to be competitive, they are going to have to slow him down.
This is not to say Parker is unstoppable. He certainly didn't look so on Wednesday against the Hawks. His 6 point, 2 rebound, 3 assist game may have been his worst of the season. That being said, Parker is unlikely to have two mediocre outings in a row. Tonight could be a big night for the speedy little Frenchman.
In some ways the November 5th game against the Wolves feels like a lifetime ago. As the only positive part of our 1-4 start, that whole moment feels like a bad dream given the 12-4 record we have racked up since then. That being said, in order to truly exorcise the demons that have haunted us since early November, the Spurs need to win convincingly. What is so quietly disconcerting about our first game against Minnesota is that it took us 2 overtimes to beat a pretty bad Minnesota team. Re-establishing the notion that the Spurs win the games they are supposed to and win them consistently will go a long way towards putting the silver and black back in the title contention discussion (which for all intents and purposes, we are already in). The game starts at 8 Eastern/7 Central.