San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Game Grades

The San Antonio Spurs (54-10) are 10-0 in back-to-back games this season after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-45) 116-91 Tuesday night.

The Good: San Antonio bounced back from their shooting debacle on Monday against the Indiana Pacers where they lost 99-91. In that game they shot 35.4-percent from the floor. On Tuesday, the Spurs made 47-of-85 from the floor for 55.3-percent shooting. Andre Miller filled in for Tony Parker to get the nod at point guard for the team and he played about as good as you would of expected. Miller finished with 13 points and had five assists in 25 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge was a man on a mission. He scored 14 of his 29 points in the first quarter. The Timberwolves had no answer for the All-Star power forward.

The Bad: 3-point shooting was nonexistent Tuesday. The Spurs were 4-of-19 from beyond the arc for 21.1-percent for the game. Over their last two, they have made just eight of their 45 attempts.

Quote of the Night: Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns on Miller’s fit with the Spurs: “You’re talking about one of the smartest teams in the NBA and you have one of the smartest players to ever play this game implemented into that offense and defense. It was a seamless fit for him.”

ANDRE MILLER

PG, San Antonio Spurs

A+

13 points (5-6 FG), 5 assists, 2 rebounds — Making his first start in a Spurs jersey, Miller impressed and looked as if he was meant for the team. Miller ran the offense to perfection. He displayed everything that made him a sought out free agent after being bought out by the Timberwolves in February.

DANNY GREEN

SG, San Antonio Spurs

B

9 points (4-11 FG), 3 assists, 5 rebounds — When Green gets buckets everything is good for the Spurs. He has been struggling all season long and is living up to his nickname “IcyHot” but what Green does on the defensive end makes him a key player for San Antonio. He did finish with nine points in 35 minutes on Tuesday.

KAWHI LEONARD

SF, San Antonio Spurs

A

15 points (6-12 FG), 2 assists, 5 rebounds — Leonard had a quite night as he finished with 15. He was pitted against the Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins, a matchup that will be one to watch as both of their careers move further along. Leonard easily could of had 20 as a few of his easy buckets didn’t fall. Leonard each game shows more and more that he has really worked hard on his offensive game.

LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

PF, San Antonio Spurs

A+

29 points (11-13 FG), 4 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks — Aldridge was on fire from the start. He put the stamp on the game in the first quarter as he scored 14 of his 29. 

DAVID WEST

C, San Antonio Spurs

A

18 points (7-9 FG), 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals — The workhorse of the Spurs team. West is the muscle and it showed against the Timberwolves. Making another start for Duncan (rest), West key jumpers and all out brawler style of play helped the Spurs to their most impressive offensive performance to date. Only missing two of his nine attempts, West finished with 18 points.

SECOND UNIT

Bench, San Antonio Spurs

B

32 points, 11 assists, 23 rebounds — The bench was looked upon to provide some quality minutes as the team were without the ‘big 3’. Kyle Anderson led the way with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. He also added six rebounds. Fan favorite Boban Marjanovic tallied 1o minutes and pulled down eight rebounds. High-flyer Jonathon Simmons dazzled the Spurs fans in attendance as he soared in for a one handed jam for two of his six points.