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San Antonio Spurs Takeaways from Loss to Houston Rockets

By George Middleton

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The San Antonio Spurs have fallen to 2-2 on the season with their embarrassing loss on National Television against the Houston Rockets. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were out with rest and Marco Belinelli, Tiago Splitter, and Patty Mills didn’t play as they were out with injury. That still isn’t a valid excuse in losing a game by 17 to your in state rival. Here are a few takeaways from the blowout loss.

-Kyle Anderson Made His Season Debut

With all the players that I mentioned before out, it was logical that the San Antonio Spurs would use their first round selection. Kyle Anderson, who had a solid preseason played 31 minutes off the bench against Houston. Anderson finished with 4 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Anderson did everything well except his shooting (1-8 fg) and he also had zero turnovers. An interesting stat to note, is that Anderson finished with a +/- of -3 despite the Spurs losing by 17.

-Kawhi Leonard Struggled Offensively

Kawhi Leonard has yet to get going on offense so far this season in three games. After combing for 17 points (5-15 fg), in his first two games, Leonard struggled once again. He finished 2-11 from the field, going for 7 points. Leonard did play terrific defense as he had 4 steals and helped contain Trevor Ariza to 7 points. If the San Antonio Spurs want to make another run Leonard must be a consistent scorer.

-Dwight Howard Torched the Spurs

With Duncan out (rest) it was no surprise that Dwight Howard had a huge game against the San Antonio Spurs. Howard finished with 32 points (12-18 fg) and 16 rebounds. Howard was incredibly comfortable, as he was being defended by Aron Baynes and Jeff Ayres in most of the contest. If Splitter and Duncan played those numbers would’ve likely taken a hit, but Howard was spectacular regardless. No excuses.

-Another Good Game From Cory Joseph

Cory Joseph played well against the Atlanta Hawks (10 points in 14 minutes) and it didn’t end there. Joseph finished with 18 points against the Rockets, in what was certainly one of the better games of his career. Joseph was 9-11 from the field and had no problem getting to the rim as he led the team in scoring.

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