Spurs continue to improve

San Antonio Spurs
Heading into the week, the Spurs were beginning to look like their old self, and had seemingly cured their woes from 3 point range. Could they continue their upturn in form?

Results

November 14th – A well-balanced display saw the Spurs take a comfortable 93-80 victory over the Lakers. 5 Spurs scored double-digits, whilst Manu Ginobili and Danny Green were just one point short with nine each. Cory Joseph was the top scorer for the victors, scoring 14 points, along with 4 assists, whilst Tim Duncan once again recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, whilst also recording his 25,000th career point.

 

November 15th  – As has happened far too often already this season, the Spurs struggled from deep, connecting with just 29% of their three point shots on their way to a 94-91 defeat at the Sleep Train Arena. Manu Ginobili led the team with 21 points in scoring despite hitting just 1-7 from deep, whilst Kawhi Leonard added 16 points despite going 1-8 from behind the arc. DeMarcus Cousins led the efforts for Sacramento with 15 points and 10 rebounds despite foul trouble and an eye injury which limited his minutes

 

November 17th – Matt Bonner led all scorers as the Spurs blew-out the hapless Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, allowing Gregg Popovich to give his starters some rest as the Spurs never trailed in the game. Tim Duncan was just one rebound short of a double-double despite just playing 16 minutes, whilst Kawhi Leonard corralled 11 rebounds in just 20 minutes of court-time.

 

 

November 19th – In a preview of what many believe will be the NBA finals, the Spurs took a narrow victory in Cleveland. Boris Diaw led San Antonio with 19 points, combined with 6 rebounds and 7 assists in his best performance of the season, whilst Tim Duncan also scored 19, and corralled 10 rebounds for his 7th double-double in 10 games. Kahwi Leonard also claimed a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, as well as adding 4 assists and 4 steals in an impressive display. The game was an excellent display from both teams, with 18 lead changes throughout. Duncan put the Spurs ahead with just over a minute and a half remaining, before being involved in two huge turnovers from Lebron James ensuring the victory

 

Other News

With Marc Gasol destined to be a free-agent in the summer, there have been rumours that he will be the Spurs top target if Tim Duncan retires after this season. Gasol’s skill-set would no doubt see him replace the considerable void Duncan would leave behind fairly seamlessly.

When Duncan scored his 25,000th career point, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only NBA players in history with at least 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 2,500 blocks.

The NBA released the special edition Xmas day jerseys last week. The Spurs will be taking on Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas day, and will be wearing the new jerseys, complete with player’s first names on the back rather than their surnames

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Tim Duncan has also been the star of a new foot locker advert, brilliantly playing on his perceived boring persona.

 

Performer of the week

Tim Duncan –  Duncan averaged 14.25 points and 9.5 rebounds throughout the 4 games, 2 of which he was able to sit early and get some rest. Duncan’s efforts in 15 minutes of action against the 76ers were exceptional, with him only missing out on a double-double by one rebound, and his 11 points in the first quarter against Cleveland ensured the Spurs kept up with the early pace of the Cavs, before being involved in two huge turnovers in the final 90 seconds as the Spurs claimed the victory

 

Upcoming fixtures

November 21st @ Timberwolves

November 22nd vs Nets

November 26th vs Pacers

What to watch out for

After playing just one of their last 7 games at home, the Spurs host Brooklyn and Indiana in 2 of their next three games, as their schedule definitely gets easier, on paper at least.  With further games against the 76ers, Utah and New York also in the near future, the Spurs fans will have high hopes on a long winning streak.

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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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