Milestone After Milestone for San Antonio

San Antonio Spurs

Heading into a busy week with their record at .500, the Spurs looked to get back on track. They did, and claimed several milestones along the way

Results

5th November – San Antonio opened the second week of their season with a two point victory over Atlanta, winning 94 – 92 in a dramatic game. With the scores tied, Manu Ginobili sank a pair of free-throws with just three seconds left to set up a tense last possession. The Spurs hung on for the win after Boris Diaw blocked Pero Antic’s 3 pointer attempt.

Tim Duncan led the way with his first of 4 double-doubles in the week with 17 points, 13 rebounds and an astounding 6 blocks, whilst Tony Parker added 7 assists to his 17 points. Worryingly for the spurs, they struggled again from 3 point range, hitting just 5 of their 17 attempts.

6th November – The next evening, the Spurs travelled to face the hot-starting Rockets, and Coach Popovich decided to rest both Ginobili and Duncan.

Dwight Howard took advantage of the short-handed Spurs to fill the stat-sheet and record 32 points, 16 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks in 33 minutes, leading his side to a 98-81 blow out victory. Backup Guard Cory Joseph top scored for the Spurs with 18, whilst Danny Green had a night to forget, failing to connect with any of his 6 3-point attempts.

8th November –  Despite double-doubles from Tim Duncan (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Kawhi Leonard (14 points and 14 rebounds), the Spurs fell to an Anthony Davis game-winning lay-up.

Danny Green bounced back from his disappointing night in Houston with six points, including three made 3 pointers, whilst Tony Parker led all scorers with 28 points. Cory Joseph however did not have the same success as the previous game, as it was his turn to struggle from deep, shooting just 1-7.

10th November – Kawhi Leonard had his best game of the season, and tied his career high with 26 points. Leonard also added 10 boards to record consecutive double-doubles.

Blake Griffin led the clippers with 23 points, but committed two consecutive turnovers which led to the Spurs taking their first lead of the game with less than 2 minutes remaining. Tim Duncan added 18 points and 11 boards for yet another double-double as the Spurs got back to .500

11th November – The Talk before the game was that Coach Popovich may again rest some of his starters in the second of a back-to-back against Golden State, but he resisted temptation and was rewarded with arguably the best Spurs performance of the season, and a 13 point victory.

Tony Parker tied his seasons best for 28 points, and added 7 dimes, whilst Tim Duncan recorded his 4th double-double of the week with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Spurs looked to be back to their best, committing just 8 turnovers throughout the game, and finally getting the 3-ball to sink at a decent rate (10-25).

Other News

Despite a decent night’s work from 3 point range against the Warriors, The Spurs still only shot 26.9 % from downtown. The Spurs are far too good a side for this to continue, so once it improves back to the norm, expect the Spurs form to continue to improve.

Tim Duncan recorded his 800th career double-double Saturday vs Pelicans. The Big Fundamental also claimed his 14,000th rebound of his NBA career against Golden State, becoming just the 11th player in NBA history to do so.

Against the Clippers, Duncan, Ginobili and Parker claimed their 500th regular season win as a trio. Second only in NBA history to Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, who won 540 games with the Boston Celtics.

Kawhi Leonard explained that he is still suffering from the eye infection which kept him out of the season opener, and that his vision still isn’t fully recovered. With Leonard’s form over the last few games, it would seem that it is not impairing him too much on court.

Leonard also took the time to speak about his contract situation, and explained that he is fully happy with why an extension didn’t come his way last month, and that he envisions being a Spur his whole career

“I don’t think I’m going anywhere,” Leonard said. “I mean they love me here. I like the organization, and if it was up to me, I want to finish out with one team like a lot of great players have done, to stay with one organization their whole career and just be loyal to that. You never know.

We’ll see what happens next summer, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be in a Spurs jersey for my whole life.”

Performer of the week

Tim Duncan –  Four games, four double-doubles. Three of these games ended in victory for the Spurs, with the other an agonizing one point defeat. Add in the two milestones and it’s been an excellent week for the big man, who averaged 14.5 points, 11.8 boards and 2 blocks per game through his 4 appearances.

TD

Upcoming fixtures

November 14th @ Lakers

November 15th @ Kings

November 17th vs 76ers

What to watch out for

With a much improved performance from beyond the arc in the victory against the Warriors, the Spurs will be looking to continue in a similar vein as they continue their 4 game road trip, before returning home on Monday.

With games against the two teams with the worst records in the league either side of a trip to Sacramento, the Spurs will be looking to gain some ground on their rivals.

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Brett is our in-house San Antonio Spurs expert. Always having his finger on the pulse of the Texas based team, he’s full of insight and analysis about the South-Western Division.

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