On Thurday, against the Knicks, we saw something unusual. OUR team collapsed completely, blew a big lead in the fourth quarter, and rolled over. Pop played it off as no big deal and that the team was tired. I’m not buying it. I think Pop is a bit pissed and I expect the team is very pissed. I think Pop saw right away that this as an opportunity to challenge the team early in the season. He didn’t have to call them soft. They already knew it.
Expect a very motivated and energetic team tonight. Without Kawhi and against the Nuggets, they’ll need it.
1. Sustenance & Song: More Megg’s Cafe and Cale and Eno
In the last preview, I just talked about how great Megg’s is without describing the food. Since the whole point of me doing this food bit is to make your mouth salivate, I need to actually talk about what I ate. Not just how much I ate and how much I liked it. Here goes, I had the following (read the items at the link to the menu above):
- Spanish Chorizo Hash — a bit greasy because of the chorizo, but good and healthy
- Short Rib Hash — great rib meat with a marinated cabbage and fried eggs
- Buttermilk Pancakes — perfect, fluffy and light
- Cinnamon Raisin French Toast — mmmmm, also light
- Side of Fruit — really good, even for fruit, the fresh pear was crisp and great
- Side of Sausage — great sausage,
- Steak and Eggs twice — about a 4 oz piece of steak that was perfectly cooked with a little verde sauce
- Megg’s Breakfast Sandwich — fried eggs, ham, and cheddar; my favorite
- Muffins: Bran and Cranberry Orange — best muffins around
- Granola and Yogurt — very, very good; probably not as healthy as it sounds
- (now for lunch things) Fried Chicken Sandwich — fried chicken with iceberg lettuce, tomato, and a smoky ranch; wicked good
- Roasted Beet Salad — I love roasted beets and this salad with a balsamic vinaigrette is a bit too good, especially with the goat cheese
- Italian Sandwich — served hot, and the homemade chips are great
- Cuban Sandwich — same
- (I have also had the Reuben [best in Texas with all ingredients made in house], the Pork Torta and Eggplant Parmesan (best I’ve ever had)
- Steak Caesar Salad — almost healthy, but not
- Soups — Butternut Squash, Italian Sausage, and Spicy SW Chicken (the only thing I’ve ever had there that I thought was mediocre
John Cale and Brian Eno did an album in 1990 called ‘Wrong Way Up’. It’s one of those good albums for what it is. Chick music. It had a few songs you may know in ‘Lay My Love’, ‘One Word’, and ‘Spinning Away’. Most of the songs have what I identify as “The Brian Eno beat”. It’s a keyboard and drum sound that he seems to always use. He produced a Paul Simon album recently and it was prevalent on it as well. However, this song — ‘The River’ — is the last song on the album and doesn’t have it. It’s a very soothing song and I think it is beautiful. In particular, Cale and Eno have wonderful voices. Give it a listen. It might broaden your horizons.
2. Key Match Up: Kenneth Faried vs Whoever
Faried is long and athletic. Very athletic. I’m curious to see how productive Tiago, DeJuan, and Boris can be against him. I don’t think this match up will decide this game (more likely Lawson and Parker will), but Faried is the type of player that we our secondary bigs have to be able to handle as we get into the playoffs (think Serge Ibaka).
3. Keeping An Eye On: Spurs Rotations On The Wing
With Kawhi Leonard out, I’m interested to see how Pop matches up with all the athletes the Nuggets have on the wing. Iguodala, Gallinari, Brewer, and Jordan Hamilton. He might have to play Stephen Jackson to death. Jack, by the way, will give Gallinari all he can handle. Gallo can’t over power Jack and Jack is probably still just quick enough to stay with him.
4. Bold Prediction: Spurs In A Blow Out
I don’t know why I think this, but I think we will be crazy focused, crazy determined, and crazy on fire. We haven’t really been on fire yet this season and I think this will be the game. Also look for Manu to start breaking out of his slump.
Odds and Ends
Our nagging little injuries and illnesses are piling up. Manu’s back, everybody getting sick, Kawhi’s knee, and Gary Neal’s cut finger are starting to cause problems with the rotations. Remember that most of these guys, and especially Tony and Manu, played in the Olympics this summer. Pop has to walk a fine line with getting the most out of our best players during the difficult start to the season while not wearing them down.
If you happened to catch my schedule analysis post early the other day, the tables all looked terrible. I didn’t realize I didn’t have any styling set up in my blog theme for tables. I went through and added some to make them readable if you want to go back and see things in a decent way.