After a terrible performance against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, in which the San Antonio Spurs got blown out by 31, they looked much better on Saturday against Miami. Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili, and Tiago Splitter all sat out against the Suns.
The Spurs were undermanned once again on Saturday as Parker, Splitter, and Leonard all sat out. After falling behind by 10 at the end of the first quarter, 29-19, the Spurs outplayed the Heat in the final three quarters sending the game to overtime. Rookie Shabazz Napier had six points in the extra session for the Heat, as he led them to victory.
The key in the game was the turnovers. The Heat did a good job of taking care of the ball, as they finished with 13 turnovers. The Spurs were a different story, as they committed 28 turnovers, leading to 33 points off turnovers. Ginobili led the way with six turnovers in 16 minutes and Marco Belinelli had five turnovers. Turnovers have been an area for concern for the Spurs, as they had 67 turnovers in their first three preseason games.
Rookie Kyle Anderson was fantastic, as he led the Spurs starters with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Anderson appears on his way to earning at least a minimal role, as he has the versatility and play-making that the Spurs can use especially if there are any injuries to their role players. Anderson hit 2-3 from three, which is an encouraging sign for the Spurs, as his shooting is one of the few areas he can use improvement in on offense.
Belinelli led the Spurs in scoring with 18 points, connecting on 3-7 from three. Cory Joseph, who will likely backup Tony Parker, with Patty Mills out also played well. Joseph finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
Napier was the best player on the floor, as he finished with 25 points and 4 assists. He also showed the ability to go the free throw line, going 12-14. Un-drafted rookie Tyler Johnson also played well for the Heat, going for 17 points and 4 steals.
The San Antonio Spurs take on the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at the AT&T Center.
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