The San Antonio Spurs played their first game on US soil following their two games in Europe, losing against the Phoenix Suns 121-90 in preseason action. The Spurs headed into their games without many key players, making the final result against the Suns very predictable.
San Antonio was without Kawhi Leonard (eye infection), Patty Mills (shoulder), Tiago Splitter (leg), Tim Duncan (age), Manu Ginobili (age), and even head coach Gregg Popovich (age).
San Antonio played Phoenix surprisingly close in the first 12 minutes, only trailing by one at the end of the first quarter., 24-23.
That tune quickly changed though as the Phoenix Suns outscored the San Antonio Spurs 97-67 through the final three-quarters, ultimately leading to a 31 point blowout.
The Spurs’ struggles from the field coupled with turnovers doomed San Antonio’s chances in this game. The Spurs shot 44.4% from the field, struggling even more so from distance, only converting 26.3% from three.
For comparison, the Suns shot an impressive 55.6% from the field and an insane 52.4%.
Even though San Antonio put what looked like an entirely different team on the court with so many absences, turnovers were once again an issue. The Spurs committed 24 turnovers compared to only 14 miscues for the Suns.
The battle down low was even more lopsided as Phoenix outscored San Antonio 60-34 in points in the paint.
The Spurs were led offensively in this game by Austin Daye who contributed 17 points, along with six rebounds off the bench. Aron Baynes also played well for San Antonio, scoring 11 and grabbing 5 boards.
Phoenix had a very balanced game offensively. Seven players on Suns scored in double figures with the highest score not only for Phoenix but for the game being Goran Dragic with 20.
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Other notables from the game included Ettore Messina who coached for the Spurs with Gregg Popovich out and Suns’ three point guard play, Bledsoe, Dragic, and Thomas, who combined for 51 of Phoenix’s 121 points.
The San Antonio Spurs return home for their next preseason game with a rematch of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. The game is on October 18th at 7:30 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 1200 AM.
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