Spurs Continue To Roll

After a less than emphatic start, Last season’s champions now own the second longest winning streak in the league, after winning 3 games in the past week – taking them to 8 consecutive victories and an impressive 13-4 record.

Results

November 28th – The Spurs took advantage of DeMarcus Cousins being absent (sickness) to gain some revenge for the defeat to the Kings earlier in the month. Tony Parker continued his excellent recent form with 27 points to lead all scorers in a 112-104 victory for San Antonio. Despite Coach Popovich missing the game, San Antonio shot 51.2 % from the field and 50% from 3 point range to claim a hard-fought victory as Kawhi Leonard came up with some big defensive plays, including 4 blocks and 3 steals, to go along with his 19 points in an impressive display.

November 30th  – With Gregg Popovich back on the bench for the start of a 4 game road trip, Tim Duncan spoke after the game about the reassurance it gave the team to have Popovich’s “familiar voice” back with them, and it showed in a dominant performance as the Spurs blew out the Celtics by 22 points. Danny Green’s 18 points led a well-rounded box score, as only Kyle Anderson failed to score (albeit in just 4 minutes), and on the defensive end, they held the Celtics to just over 42% shooting.

December 1st – San Antonio had little trouble dispatching the Sixers, even without Tony Parker (shoulder injury) and Tim Duncan (rest). Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 26, to complete his 4th 20 points plus game these season (Leonard only had 3 such games last season), and added 10 rebounds to claim a double-double. The Spurs improved to 8-0 when scoring 100 points or more this season. The highlight play of the game was this Marco Belinelli dunk on Henry Sims.

 

Other News

Gregg Popovich admitted that the team were uncertain about Tiago Splitters situation. Splitter has missed 16 of the 17 games due to right calf problems, and it is unclear when he will be back on court. Splitter has recently started working out and playing some one-on-one, but it is still not known when to expect his return.

 

Tony Parker has been listed as “probable” for tonights trip to Brooklyn. Parker missed Mondays victory over Philadelphia, but it would be a shock if he missed any more game time.

 

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Performer of the week

Kawhi Leonard – The Fourth-year Swingman has been mightily impressive lately, none more so than in Monday nights game at Philadelphia. Leonard took on extra responsibility with Duncan and Parker missing and posted a double-double with 26 points and 10 boards. Through the last three games, Leonard is averaging 19 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 2.3 steals per game, and has hit 7 of 15 3 point attempts

 

 

Upcoming fixtures

December 3rd @ Nets

December 5th @ Grizzlies

December 6th vs Timberwolves

December 9th @ Jazz

December 10th vs Knicks

What to watch out for

Fridays game against Memphis has all the hall-marks of a classic. The Grizzlies are still unbeaten at home, and will be looking to send an early-season warning to one of their conference rivals. The match up between Zach Randolph and Tim Duncan could be vital for which way the game goes.

After the Grizzlies game the schedule lightens up again for the Spurs, home games against Minnesota and New York sandwich a trip to Utah, and the Spurs will no doubt be looking to win all three of those.

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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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