Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Sacramento Kings by the score of 106-99. The Spurs rallied back after being down by as much as 16 points near the end of the first half and even led by 10 late in the third quarter. Despite allowing a 24-6 run, the Spurs rallied back showing that they play hard even if it is just preseason. Here are five things to takeaway from the sweet comeback.
1.) Where is the Defense In the Front Court?
Everyone knows that DeMarcus Cousins is a special talent, but what he did yesterday was remarkable. Cousins finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds, only missing two field goals. One thing the San Antonio Spurs did do well is force him to get an unimaginable 10 turnovers. Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter were out but the other Spurs bigs must step up.
2.) Kyle Anderson Solid Once Again
The deeper the preseason has gone, the more it appears that Kyle Anderson is actually getting a role. Anderson had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and only 1 turnover. Anderson’s versatility is similar to Boris Diaw‘s in his prime, so playing the rookie can go a long way for a Spurs team that can use the help of younger players.
3.) Jeff Ayres Performance
In the first four preseason games, Jeff Ayres didn’t do anything that was even worth mentioning, yesterday that changed. With Duncan and Splitter out, Ayres had 15 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Ayres made all seven of his free throw attempts and hit a few mid range jumpers. With Splitter out possibly for a few more weeks, Ayres might have a small role early in the season.
4.) Bryce Cotton Looked Sharp
After receiving minimal minutes in his first three preseason games, Bryce Cotton played 24 minutes last night. Cotton went for 9 points and 3 assists in 23 minutes. Cotton displayed his athletic ability and his shooting touch. At this point Cotton looks every bit as good as Cory Joseph. Joseph’s defense and experience will probably be the difference in who earns the backup spot with Patty Mills out.
5.) Manu Ginobili Continues to Struggle
In the first three preseason games Manu Ginobili played he struggled. Ginobili went 4-15 from the field and had 15 turnovers in those three games. The struggles continued against the Kings, as he went for 2 points on 1-11 from the field, but finished with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. He did cut back on the turnovers as he only had two.
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