Takeaways from Spurs Win Against Timberwolves

By George Middleton

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On Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs (8-4) beat down on the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8). The Spurs have now won three in a row and will look to make it four against Brooklyn on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.

While things couldn’t come much easier for the Spurs on Friday night, here are the biggest takeaways from the game.

-Incredible Efficiency for Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs were scorching hot on Friday night. Spurs shot 55% from the field, 62% from three (13-21) and 89 % free throws. Tony Parker went 12-18 from the field and continued with his improving three point shot, making all three of them. Boris Diaw went 5-7 from the field, while Danny Green and Aron Baynes went 6-9.

-Big Edge in Rebounds and Blocks

The Spurs destroyed the Timberwolves on both the glass and in the blocked shots categories. They collected 53 rebounds to the Timberwolves 34. Surprisingly Austin Daye led the Spurs with 11 rebounds off the bench and Tim Duncan grabbed 10. The Spurs blocked 11 shots, compared to the Timberwolves 3 blocks. Duncan and Danny Green each blocked four shots to lead the Spurs.

-Big Night for Tony Parker

As I mentioned before Parker had a big shooting night which led to his 28 points for the Spurs. He scored in a variety of ways, whether it was with the long ball or at the basket. Parker also had 5 assists and only one turnover, making it one of his best performances of the season for the Spurs.

-Too Many Turnovers

The Spurs dominated the game in basically every category, except for turnovers. The Spurs had 20 turnovers compared to the Timberwolves 11 turnovers. Kawhi Leonard had four turnovers, while Baynes, Diaw, and Duncan had three each. If the Spurs want to be the elite teams, they can’t have 20 turnovers in a game.

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