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Takeaways from San Antonio Spurs Victory in Season Opener

By George Middleton

On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks by the score of 101-100. It was an impressive victory for the San Antonio Spurs considering that they had a few key players out due to injury (Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills). The Spurs trailed by eight at the half and rallied back, outscoring the Mavericks by 11 in the third quarter. The Mavericks had a late run, thanks to Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris who combined for 17 fourth quarter points. At the end it was Tony Parker‘s three with just over a minute that helped the Spurs close out the game. Thankfully for San Antonio Spurs fans, Chandler Parsons missed a three with one second left.

1.) Manu Ginobili Was Sharp

It looks like San Antonio Spurs fans can breathe now, as Ginobili was terrific in game one of the regular season. If  you are wondering why I am saying this, he shot 20% from the field and averaged 3.8 turnovers in the preseason. He finished with 20 points and 6 assists off the bench. The numbers don’t necessarily tell the story as Ginobili took control of the game as soon as he entered.

2.) Tony Parker Looked Great

Tony Parker had a spectacular game for the San Antonio Spurs, he was efficient, smart with the ball, and most importantly he hit the game winning shot. Parker finished the game with 23 points (9-15 fg) and only had 1 turnover. He also tied a career high with four three point makes and he didn’t miss.

3.) Kyle Anderson Didn’t Play

When the San Antonio Spurs drafted Kyle Anderson, I thought to myself he won’t crack the rotation until next year or the year after. That changed with the injuries to Leonard, Splitter, and Mills. Not only did the injuries had me thinking he was going to play, it was his play in preseason. Anderson showed flashes against Miami (17 points & 7 rebounds) and against Sacramento (14 points & 5 rebounds). So I am a little surprised that Anderson didn’t come in at all, maybe he will play when the Spurs are beating up on teams.

4.) Three Point Shooting

Last season the three point shot was a big part of the San Antonio Spurs offense, as they finished first in three point percentage. Today the Spurs went 14-28 (50%) from downtown, despite the absences from Mills and Leonard. Parker hit all four as I mentioned before, while Ginobili went 2-6 from three. Marco Belinelli, who struggled for most of the preseason, shot 3-6 from three and so did Danny Green. Even Cory Joseph hit a triple.

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