The San Antonio Spurs started the 7th week of the NBA season on a Monday in Milwaukee to take on the long, athletic Bucks. The Spurs dug themselves a double digit hole, because of a horrible 9 point second quarter!
The San Antonio Spurs fought back into it in the 3rd quarter with a 36 point outburst that surpassed their entire 1st half total score. Dewayne Dedmon was a huge lift off the bench going 5 for 5, grabbing six rebounds, and slamming down two alley oops.
The Spurs then battled the Bucks the entire 4th quarter in a very entertaining game. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 of his 21 points in that quarter to go with nine rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge complimented his effort with 18 points of his own to go with nine rebounds.
Aldridge also made two key defensive stops, hit the go ahead basket after a rebound, and sealed the game with a defensive rebound on the next possession with the Spurs clinging to a one point lead.
The Spurs prevailed, and upped their road win streak to 12 in a row. There was even a skirmish between some of the players at one point during the game. The final score was 97-96, and was perhaps the most exciting game of the year so far.
The Spurs traveled to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves the following night. Despite being a back to back and having played a hard game the previous night against the Bucks, the Spurs had little trouble winning this one.
The 1st half was again, not the best Spurs basketball, but the 2nd half was a different story. The Spurs took over in the 3rd period, and cruised to victory in the 4th. Leonard led the way with 31 points, and got plenty of help from his teammates in routing the Wolves 105-91.
Leonard was red hot from the field, 11 for 15. The Spurs increased their road win streak to 13 games.
Sadly on the 3rd game in four nights, the Spurs undefeated road streak came to an end. ( as I predicted last week) Unfortunately, despite shooting poorly 40 percent, the Spurs actually made four more field goals than the Bulls.
Despite the game being very physical, the Spurs were only awarded five free throws for the entire game. Chicago however, were awarded 27 free throws. Five of those free throws the Bulls got in the final plays of the game involved ZERO contact with a Spurs player.
Tony Parker ran by Doug McDermott on a 3 point attempt, and Danny Green leaned away from Jimmy Butler on a jump shot attempt. Both Bulls players flopped and got the calls.
It is a part of the game, I know but when the refs are letting the game be played so rough on one end, and then call imaginary fouls late on the other end, it is hard to win.
The final score was 95-91.
The Spurs closed out the week with a massacre of the Brooklyn Nets in San Antonio. The Spurs blitzed out of the gates with their best quarter of the year, scoring 41 points, and were in control the rest of the way.
They doubled the Nets up 36-18 in the 3rd quarter and the 4th quarter was little more than a scrimmage. Leonard had 30 points, took over the game in the 3rd along with Patty Mills who had 8 of his 16 points late in that quarter.
It was a total team effort and the Spurs were playing their style of game. Gregg Popovich after the Bull’s loss, had little if anything to grouse about afterward.
The final score was Spurs 130, Nets 101.
The Spurs finished the week 3-1, and carry an overall record of 19-5 into next week. They have a rare two game schedule this week with game on Wednesday versus the Boston Celtics in San Antonio, and the second night of the back to back games in Phoenix on Thursday.
I’ll take the Spurs to win both, but with back to backs, anything is possible on that second night. I’ll include the New Orleans Pelicans game on Sunday night as part of the week, and predict a win there as well. That takes place on Sunday night in San Antonio.
The game itself is just a minute part of what is happening that night. Tim Duncan after the game will see his jersey raised to the rafters, and be honored again for what he has meant to this franchise and this fan base. Duncan brought us Championship banners and made the Spurs into a Dynasty. Duncan did it with a quiet, humble, and classy disposition. Thanks 21!