While their star point guard will try to put a controversy
behind him, the San Antonio Spurs will seek to continue their
dominance over the Brooklyn Nets.
Tony Parker and the Spurs will look to begin getting more
consistent results at home by sending the Nets to a season
high-tying fourth straight road loss Tuesday night.
Parker apologized Monday for a photograph that recently surfaced
showing him making a gesture that’s considered anti-Semitic. The
picture showed Parker and French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala
doing a “quenelle,” which some describe as inverted Nazi
Parker said via a statement that the photograph was taken three
years ago. English Premier League soccer player Nicolas Anelka used
the quenelle to celebrate a goal for West Bromich Albion on
“While this gesture has been part of French culture for many
years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very
negative concerns associated with it,” Parker said. “Hopefully this
incident will serve to educate others that we need to be more aware
that things that may seem innocuous can actually have a history of
hate and hurt.”
Parker will seek to move on by helping the Spurs earn their 24th
win in 27 games against the Nets, including the 2003 NBA finals.
San Antonio has won the past five meetings by an average of 19.4
The Spurs (24-7) enter this matchup having won nine of 12 while
Brooklyn (10-20) has dropped five of six. Parker, Manu Ginobili and
Tim Duncan combined for San Antonio’s final 21 points in a 112-104
win over Sacramento on Sunday.
Ginobili finished with a season-high 28 points, and Parker had
22. The victory pushed San Antonio to 4-4 in its last eight home
games, and the Spurs have alternated losses and wins over that
“We’ve got to keep working on it and try to go where we want to
be,” Ginobili said. “We’re still just 31 games into the season.
It’s early. The tough part is we started really well but went back
a little bit.”
Brooklyn opened a difficult three-game trip with a 105-91 loss
to Indiana on Saturday. The Nets held the Pacers to 19 points in
the final quarter but scored just 15 and finished with 35 in the
second half. They were also outrebounded 41-28.
“We just have to figure it out,” said forward Mirza Teletovic,
who had 17 points in his fifth start in seven games. “I think one
day it will come together.”
Nets coach Jason Kidd has tried to find the right starting
lineup with Brook Lopez out for the season due to a broken foot.
Kevin Garnett has moved into Lopez’s spot at center, and Joe
Johnson has played at forward and guard in the last four games.
Alan Anderson and Shaun Livingston have gotten starts along with
“I need everyone to be better, both offensively and
defensively,” said Kidd, who was on the 2003 Nets team that lost to
San Antonio. “We can only do it as a team. It’s not going to be
just one person.”
The Nets are facing teams that are a combined 73-17 on the trip,
which ends Thursday against Oklahoma City. On this stop, they might
focus more on limiting Parker, who averaged 24.5 points on 61.8
percent shooting and 8.5 assists in last season’s two meetings.