Game Recap: Nuggets Dispose Of Injured Spurs, 96-86

By John Diaz

Apr 10, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

With 7:03 left in the first quarter, the Spurs led the Nuggets 14-0.

Spurs fans all over Twitter and Facebook were having a nice laugh. The Nuggets had only lost 3 games at home all season, and were on the verge of getting embarrassed inside the Pepsi Center.

Then the wings broke off the plane and any chance of the Spurs winning this game, to maintain their hold on the #1 seed out West, crashed and burned into the ground.

It was that kind of night in Denver. Tim Duncan started the night off hot, scoring 10 points in the first quarter, but only managed to finish with 17 points and a measly 3 rebounds. On the bright side, Gary Neal continues to regain his form, also scoring 17 points in just 24 minutes.

Corey Brewer had another outstanding performance, playing for the injured Danilo Gallinari, with 28 points off the bench. Brewer was not the lone bright spot, as Wilson Chandler stuffed the stat sheet, scoring 29 points to go with 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

With the loss, the Spurs fall to 57-21 on the season, tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder do own the tiebreaker over the Spurs (better conference record) which drops San Antonio to the 2nd seed and a potential first round matchup with the Houston Rockets.

Game 79 of the season comes on Friday, April 12th, versus the Sacramento Kings. Tip off is at 7:30 PM CST at the AT&T Center.

Game Notes

  • The injury bug strikes again, as it was announced before the game that Boris Diaw will miss 2 to 3 weeks with a back issue. It’s getting to the point where I think someone has a voodoo doll of all the Spurs players, and keeps hitting them with different ailments to sabotage us. Too far-fetched? Absolutely not.
  • If you watched the first half of this game, I sincerely apologize. Both teams shot 36% after 24 minutes and had a combined 19 turnovers, making Michigan and Louisville look like offensive juggernauts, after Monday night’s NCAA championship game.
  • The Spurs as a team shoot 38% from beyond the arch this season, good for 4th best in the NBA. But the long ball has not been a strong suit for the Spurs in April, as the team is shooting an abysmal 29% on the month from three.
  • Good news for the silver and black, it seems as if Tony Parker could’ve played tonight, but Popovich decided to err on the side of caution and sit him. Hopefully Parker can get back on the floor for Friday night, and tune himself up with only a week left this season.

Tweet of the Night

From the San Antonio Express-News own Jeff McDonald:

To recap: Spurs have been without at least one of their top four guys in 50 games this season.

— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) April 11, 2013