The San Antonio Spurs go 1-1 this week with a win against the Phoenix Suns and a loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs busted out the gates to a 25-5 lead and never looked back. They even managed to build the lead up to 50 at one point. The 129-81 rout did come at the expense of Dejounte Murray getting injured.
Murray suffered a sprained left ankle and missed the Saturday night game at Golden State. He is listed as questionable for Monday’s game at Utah.
As for the Suns game, Murray was having an exceptional performance before the injury as he posted 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in 13 minutes.
2018 All-Star, LaMarcus Aldridge, had another phenomenal game, tallying 23 points and 13 rebounds. Overall, the whole Spurs team showed up and showed out. The Spurs were so dominant that head coach Gregg Popovich didn’t even coach the fourth quarter. He let assistant coach James Borrego handle those duties.
Saturday night, the Spurs made it out to the Bay Area for a match-up against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. They went into the game shorthanded because of injuries to Tony Parker and Murray. On top of that, Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay are still out.
Yet again, the Spurs got off to a hot start and led the Warriors by 10 at the end of the first. However, with all the injuries, they just didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Warriors as they fell 122-105.
One bright spot in the loss was the stellar play of rookie guard, Derrick White, who put up 11 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes. White hasn’t received much playing time this season, but in the time he has got, he’s showed flashes of becoming a really good player.
The Spurs look to go into the All-Star break on a high note
It’s another tow-game week for the Spurs and they’ll like nothing more than to go into the All-Star break coming off two straight wins. That’ll be a challenge as they face the flaming hot Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets.
First on Monday night, the Spurs will be visiting Utah without Leonard, Gay or Aldridge. Murray and Parker are listed as questionable.
This game isn’t good timing as Utah is surging into playoff contention. Just a little over a week ago, Utah came into San Antonio without Donovan Mitchell and shot its way to a 120-111 win.
The Spurs have to make guarding the 3-point line a point of emphasis. Last time they played Utah, the Jazz shot 12 of 23 from beyond the arc. The Jazz might have heavy legs since this game is on the second night of a back-to-back for them.
Speaking of back-to-backs, the Spurs second game of their back-to-back will be on Tuesday at Denver. The Spurs are 2-0 against the Nuggets this season, but this is their first time going on the road to face them.
For those that don’t know, Denver is an extremely tough place to play due to the high altitude and passionate fan base. Again, the Spurs will be on the second night of a back-to-back making this an even tougher game.
Realistically, if the Spurs are able to go 1-1 with these two games, it would be a solid week. Going 0-2 would really start to put their 50-wins-per-season streak in jeopardy.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s big weekend
Be sure to check out Aldridge playing for Team Lebron in the All-Star game on Sunday night. This is his sixth All-Star appearance.