Oct 22, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) celebrates a score with San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs lost to the Houston Rockets 96-87 in their final preseason game. The Spurs ended up winning two of seven preseason games, but rest many players throughout the preseason and important pieces (Tiago Splitter, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills) were out with injuries. Below are a few things to to takeaway from the tough loss.
1. Marco Belinelli Stepped Up
In the first six preseason games, Marco Belinelli struggled. Belinelli went 5-22 from three, on Friday he went 3-5 from downtown. He finished with 19 points, going 6-9 from the field. This was an encouraging sign for the sharpshooter, as he will likely have a significant role, especially with the injuries to Leonard and Mills.
2. Manu Ginobili Concerns?
While it’s just preseason Manu Ginobili is struggling. In the first five preseason games he played, he failed to connect on more than two field goals in any game. It continued against Houston as he went 2-11, finishing with 8 points and 5 assists. Overall in the preseason, he shot 8-41 from the field and averaged 3.8 turnovers. If Ginobili doesn’t get going early in the season, there is reason to hit the panic button.
3. San Antonio Spurs Blocking Shots Now
In the first four preseason games, the Spurs had a combined four blocked shots. After getting five today against the Rockets, the Spurs have increased their total to 17 over their last three. Tim Duncan led the way with two blocks against Houston, but it’s not the blocked shots that are important, it’s the difference in the amount of shots they have contested over the past few days.
The San Antonio Spurs begin their regular season on October 28 at home against the Dallas Mavericks. The game is at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT.
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