Author: Trace Ronning (page 1 of 5)

All Roar, No Gore

Season 52, Game 50
San Antonio 108, Memphis Grizzlies 85
32-18, 3th in the West

Despite missing key starters, the Spurs should have easily handled this depleted Memphis team, and that’s exactly what they did. Led by Danny Green, Patty Mills, Bryn Forbes, and Pau Gasol, San Antonio cruised to a double-digit halftime lead and put the pedal on the gas in the second half to finish with a 23 point lead over the hapless Grizzlies.

New starting point guard Dejounte Murray played 24 minutes and looked more comfortable leading the “first team” offense. (No offense to Davis Bertans and Kyle Anderson, who started Wednesday night). He finished the night with seven assists and 11 points, including a rare three-pointer.

Murray’s predecessor, Tony Parker, continued to look rejuvenated in his new role coming off the bench. He played 21 minutes, scored 12 points, and reminded us all that he still has some vintage Tony moves in the paint left in his career.

The Spurs put out a very even effort in Memphis, with eight players scoring in double digits. They also notched 29 assists, seven more than their season average of 22.

More thoughts:

  • Gasol finished just one assist shy of a triple double.
  • Mills knocked down three triples to bring his season average on threes to 38.8%, just behind his career average 39.4%.
  • Forbes continues to shoot like crazy whenever he can. He shot 30% against Memphis, but at least he was 50% from behind the arc.
  • Anderson didn’t have a statistically great night, but his defensive rating of 78 led all players in the game.

San Antonio heads home to face the upstart Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night at 7:30pm CT.

Go Spurs Go.

Image credit: Brandon Dill/Associated Press

Leonard Sits, Ginobili Gets Hurt, Spurs Lose

Season 51, Game 45
San Antonio 99, Atlanta Hawks 102
29-16, 4th in the West

In what has become a disturbing trend, I am here to recap another Spurs loss against one of the worst teams in the NBA.

San Antonio followed up on its ugly, ugly loss to the Lakers with a resounding win against the Denver Nuggets. And in this road matchup with the Hawks, the Spurs came out firing. You never want to call a game in the first quarter (Even against a team tied for the worst record in the NBA), but the beginning of this game had all the makings of a blowout.

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Spurs’ Depth Exposed in Road Loss to Lakers

Season 51, Game 43
San Antonio 81, Los Angeles Lakers 93
28-15, 3rd in the West

Lost, desperate, and panicked are usually the last three words you’d use to describe a Gregg Popovich-coached basketball team. But last night in Los Angeles, those are the only three words that described his short-handed Spurs.

San Antonio – missing its perennial MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, as well as Danny Green, Rudy Gay, and Tony Parker – was completely out of sync for large stretches of the game. Miscues led to bad passes, turnovers, and easy fast-break points for the opportunistic Lakers. The Spurs constantly found themselves with double-digit deficits, and while they briefly took the lead in the third quarter, San Antonio dug itself right back into a hole, losing 81-93.

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Short-Handed Spurs Edge Blazers on the Road

Season 51, Game 32
San Antonio 93, Portland 91
22-10, 3rd in the West

It wasn’t flashy, it wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t the most fun game to watch, but the Spurs kicked off the current road trip with a two-points victory over Portland last night. And in the crowded Western Conference, any win will do, especially when San Antonio played without two of their starters.

Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker both got a day of rest on Wednesday night, so the Spurs relied on their two bigs – Pau Gasol and former Trail Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge – to lead them to victory. Both did their part, making 15-of-20 of their combined shots and scoring 16 points apiece in the first half. Aldridge led the team with 22 points, while Pau finished with 20 to go along with a season-high 17 rebounds.

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The Klaw Returns, But Spurs Fall to Mavericks

Season 51, Game 28
San Antonio 89, Dallas 95
19-9, 3rd in the West

Let’s start with the good news: KAWHI LEONARD MADE HIS SEASON DEBUT FOR THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS ON TUESDAY NIGHT.

If there was any doubt that Leonard would be effective in his first NBA game since May, it was quickly erased. Kawhi showed a few signs of rust, losing the ball a couple times (he wasn’t credited with any official turnovers), but he shot 6-12, including a three pointer for 13 points. The All-Star forward also recorded six rebounds to go along with an assist, a steal, and a block in his 16 minutes of play.

It’s safe to say that Kawhi is back and doesn’t look any worse for his time away from the game. His final minutes came halfway through the third quarter, which is a shame, because if he was even able to play for four or five more minutes in the fourth quarter, San Antonio might not have blown this one.

Which leads me to the bad news…

Besides Kawhi, the only other person who traveled with their offense to Dallas was Rudy Gay, San Antonio’s front-runner for the Sixth Man of the Year award. Gay finished the night with 21 points, going 8-11 from the field, including two three pointers in 27 minutes of work.

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