On Saturday the San Antonio Spurs took on Fenerbahce Ulker, after losing their first preseason game at the buzzer against Alba Berlin. The Spurs beat Fenerbahce Ulker 96-90, but it wasn’t an easy task. There were a few things that caught my attention in the game. Here they go
1.) Kyle Anderson Played A Big Role
After not playing the preseason opener Kyle Anderson started in game two. Anderson played 27 minutes of under control basketball. The rookie finished with nine points and two assists. Anderson was extremely efficient, going 3-5 from the field. Expect heavy minutes in the preseason for Anderson as he can showcase the skill set he has to provide for the Spurs.
2.) Tony Parker Sharp Once Again
In the preseason opener Tony Parker finished with 28 points on 8-13 from the field. In game two Parker finished with 22 points (7-12 fg), seven rebounds and seven assists. Parker looked comfortable once again and appears to be in mid-season form already.
3.) High Turnover Total
The Spurs had a repeat of game one in terms of turnovers. In the first game against Berlin Alba the Spurs had 24 turnovers. Manu Ginobili led the team with five turnovers and the problem continued in game two. Ginobili finished with four turnovers and the team finished with 19.
4.) Marco Belinelli Struggles Continue
Marco Belinelli shot 49% from the field and 43% from three last season. In the first two preseason games it has been a struggle for the sharpshooting guard in the first two preseason games, as he has shot 2-15 from the field and 0-7 from three.
5.) Where Are the Blocked Shots?
Blocking shots certainly never tell the story on how someone plays defense. Last season the Spurs were tied for eighth in the league with 5.1 blocks a game, with Duncan leading the way with 1.9 per contest. On Saturday, the Spurs had zero blocked shots in the game, kind of surprising.