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Biggest Takeaways from Spurs 100-86 Loss to Hawks

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs failed to pick up their first preseason win after getting outscored 58-38 in the second half. The Atlanta Hawks beat the San Antonio Spurs 100-86. It wasn’t a performance to remember. The Spurs actually looked worse than the score indicated. For the game the Spurs shot 33% from the field and they committed 18 turnovers. Yes, you read that right!

What are some key takeaways from the loss?

Kawhi Leonard showed up

While most Spurs appeared to be sleepwalking, Kawhi Leonard actually looked good for most of the contest. Leonard finished with 20 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes. The 24-year-old made only made 6 of 16 field goals, but on a night like this, he stood out more than the rest of his teammates.

More Minutes for DeShaun Thomas

On Monday night against the Miami Heat, DeShaun Thomas only played 10 minutes. Thomas finished the game with one point and one block. In Wednesday’s game against the Hawks, Thomas played 19 minutes. Thomas appeared much more comfortable, going for eight points (2-6 fg) and a steal. The production hasn’t been there for Thomas, but it can come soon, as he’s getting a chance to showcase his game.

Manu Ginobili looks terrific once again

Manu Ginobili has been one of the few Spurs bright spots in the two games he’s played. In Monday’s game he finished with 10 points (3-4 fg), two assists, and two steals in 14 minutes. Against the Hawks, Ginobili finished with 10 points (4-5 fg) and three steals in 12 minutes. Ginobili is working hard to create turnovers on defense, something Coach Gregg Popovich should be excited about.

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Jimmer Fredette finished with four points (2-6 fg) and three rebounds in 15 minutes.

Rasual Butler had a night to forget. Butler went 0-for-6 from the field in 14 minutes. He did grab five rebounds and dish out two assists.

-LaMarcus Aldridge (back spasms) and Boris Diaw (coach’s decision) missed the game.

The Spurs are now 0-3 and they look out of sorts. Maybe they can figure things out on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons.

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