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Key Takeaways from San Antonio Spurs Loss to Miami Heat

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs couldn’t hold on to a 84-71 lead through three quarters. Instead of getting their first preseason win, the Spurs lost 97-94. New Spurs guard Ray McCallum missed a desperation 32-footer at the buzzer to tie the game.

Coach Gregg Popovich returned to the sidelines, and so did Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, after they missed the preseason opener against Sacramento (rest). Boris Diaw didn’t suit up.

What are some of the biggest takeaways from the Spurs heartbreaking loss?

LaMarcus Aldridge Bounced Back

After scoring eight points in the preseason opener against the Kings, LaMarcus Aldridge had a nice bounce back performance. On Monday night the star big finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Aldridge made 7 of 12 shots from the field and he didn’t have a single turnover.

-Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili Played Well

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are two of the oldest players on the roster, but they don’t play like it. Duncan finished 7-for-7 from the field in route to 14 points in 19 minutes. Ginobili chipped in with 1o points in 14 minutes. Spurs fans have to be encouraged with the two players.

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Kyle Anderson Quiet

Kyle Anderson looked like the best player on the floor against the Kings on last Thursday. In this game he was extremely quiet. The 22-year-old forward finished with three points (1-5 fg) and two steals in 18 minutes. It’s hard to expect Anderson to score 15 points off the bench like he did in the preseason opener.

Deshaun Thomas Sighting

Deshaun Thomas had a terrific career at Ohio State. The Spurs took him with the 58th pick in the 2013 Draft. Thomas appeared in his first game with the Spurs, and he didn’t make much of an impact. In 10 minutes, he finished with one point (0-3 fg) and one block. Hopefully the Spurs give him a chance to showcase his talents, as he can score the ball well.

Next: Spurs Fall Short vs. Heat After Miserable 4th Quarter

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