Ivan Johnson and DeJuan Blair going after a loose ball. (Kevin C. Cox/NBA/Getty Images)

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs Try for 15th Straight Home Win Against Atlanta Hawks



The slumping Spurs host the short-handed Hawks on Saturday and look to extend their dominance over Atlanta by defeating them for the 15th straight time in San Antonio.

The Spurs will likely be without star point guard Tony Parker, who is dealing with a nagging sore left ankle, and Manu Ginobili, who is recovering from a strained hamstring. Ginobili hasn’t started a game the entire season for San Antonio, but is the first man off the bench and plays a huge part in the team’s overall success. Nando de Colo will likely start if Parker can’t go.

The Hawks are expected to get back sharp-shooter John Jenkins after he was diagnosed with a mild concussion last week in Boston, but will still be without combo guard Devin Harris. Harris received a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection in his toe last Wednesday and will be back in a week.

The Spurs have outscored Atlanta by an average of 18.6 points when playing in San Antonio. The Hawks have also dropped 11-of-12 in the series overall, including four straight.

Parker had 23 points and 12 assists in the Spurs’ 98-93 win at Atlanta on Jan. 19.

Atlanta is coming off Friday’s 101-90 smack down at home to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hawks had five players score in double-figures, but were never really in the game after getting outscored 40-26 in the first quarter.

With the loss, they dropped one game behind the Chicago Bulls for fifth place in the East.

Atlanta has lost three straight road games against West opponents, and have also dropped four of their last five road games when playing on the second night of back-to-backs.

Oh joy.

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