San Antonio Spurs Player Grades in Loss to Toronto Raptors


The San Antonio Spurs saw their short two-game win streak snapped on Sunday night as they fell to the Toronto Raptors on the road 87-82.

Poor shooting was the main reason for the Spurs loss as the team just managed to shoot a paltry 33.3% from the field, 25% from three-point range.

Even with the struggles from the field, San Antonio actually did have a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, trailing by only three with the ball and 4.4 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately for the Spurs, Tim Duncan miscommunicated with Manu Ginobili, leading to a turnover on the in-bounds pass and an eventual loss for San Antonio.

James Johnson led the way for the Toronto Raptors, scoring 20 points in a start. DeMar DeRozan also scored the ball well, finishing with 18 points.

For the Spurs, it was about Marco Belinelli’s performance off the bench. The three-point specialist played well in his reserve role, scoring 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Now that the game is over, we have post-game grades for key Spurs players in the San Antonio Toronto game!

Check out our San Antonio Spurs player grades below!

TONY PARKER. C-. Tony Parker was just one of many San Antonio Spurs to struggle on the night. The French point guard just could not get it going from the field, shooting 4-of-13 on the night, good for 10 points. Parker also struggled facilitating the offense, finishing with only three assists. While Parker was able to force Raptors starting point guard Kyle Lowry into his own shooting fits, Lowry was only 5-of-15 from the field, his inability to really make an offensive impact hurt the Spurs tonight and was definitely key in the loss. Thus, it’s hard to give Parker anything above a “C-.”. PG. San Antonio Spurs

D+. Much like the rest of the Spurs team, Danny Green struggled to shoot the ball well. The former Tar Heel finished with only six points on an abysmal 2-of-9 shooting. If there’s any consolation, Green did manage to pick up seven rebounds, a steal, and a block. Still, his struggles from the field along with his inability to stop DeMar DeRozan from getting to the free throw line, 10-of-12 for the Raptors guard from the charity stripe, makes it tough to give Green a good grade. Green is one of the glue guys on this team and he will have to step it up on the rest of this rodeo road trip if the Spurs are to move up the standings following the end of this road trip.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN

D+. After three great straight outstanding games, Kawhi Leonard ran into a speed bump on Sunday evening, struggling to put points on the board. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP found it tough to connect on his jumper all night, only going 5-of-17 from the field. Leonard also had issues in ball control, turning the ball over three times to his one assist.The former first-round pick also had difficulty containing his match-up James Johnson, who burned him for 20 points. Leonard will have to step up his game moving forward if the Spurs are to have success on their road trip.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD

PF. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN. C+. Tim Duncan was another San Antonio player who just simply could not get it going. Duncan also struggled from the field, making only 3-of-14 shot attempts. While “The Big Fundamental,” had shooting problems much like much of his teammates, he differed from them in some of the other statistical categories. Duncan was able to pull down 12 rebounds and dish out five assists, in addition to picking up two steals and two blocks. It might not have been the 6-foot-11 forward’s greatest night, but when you stack him against his teammates, he looks like an MVP candidate.

C. Aron Baynes only stepped on the floor for about 13 minutes in this one, but was somewhat effective in his time on the floor. The Australian big man finished with two points and five rebounds, numbers that translate to about eight points and 18 rebounds per 48 minutes. It’s a shame Baynes did not see much floor time because in his short stint on the court, it appeared that he was ready to compete on both sides of the ball.. C. San Antonio Spurs. ARON BAYNES

The San Antonio Spurs bench might have been the only positive in this one if we are being honest. The Spurs reserves accounted for half of the teams points, contributing 41 points in the game. The leader of that pack was Marco Belinelli, who came off the bench for 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, the only Spurs player to shoot over 50%. Based on the outcome of this game and the season so far, San Antonio better hope they continue to get this type of production from there bench.. . . SAN ANTONIO SPURS BENCH. B

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