The San Antonio Spurs played their second preseason game against the Kings. Patty Mills and Danny Green were the stars of the night.
Preseason games do not matter once the regular season tips off, but it will not stop fans from having opinions. Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs played their second preseason game against the Sacramento Kings and won 113-93. The team rebounded after losing to these same Kings 106-100 on Monday night in Sacramento.
The top performers of the night were point guard Patty Mills and shooting guard Danny Green. Mills scored 15 points on six of 11 shooting and had six assists with four rebounds. He also shot 3/8 from beyond the arc. Green was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points on eight of 13 shooting. He pulled in three rebounds, one block and one steal. He also shot four for seven from 3-point territory.
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Mills and Green helped ignite the Spurs after trailing 24-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Spurs would end up outscoring the Kings in every quarter the rest of the game. From the second quarter on, the score was 98-69 in favor of San Antonio.
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It may have only been the second exhibition game and the Kings did not play Zach Randolph, George Hill, or Vince Carter. However, the performances of Mills and Green should give this team a little encouragement moving forward. Both are role players who are expected to step up this year.
During the offseason, rumors began swirling that the team would be open to trading Green in hopes of receiving a high draft pick or making cap room for a big free agent signing. Green only averaged 7.3 points per game last year as the team’s starting shooting guard. The Spurs will be looking for him to get that average into double-digits.
With Tony Parker out until November or December, the team is looking at Mills to step up at point guard in the starting lineup. Mills signed a four-year, $50 million contract this offseason to give the Spurs stability there. While it remains to be seen if it will be Mills or Dejounte Murray starting at point guard against Minnesota on Oct. 18 for the regular season opener, Mills has more experience and is an excellent shooter.
The Spurs will face the Denver Nuggets next on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the AT&T Center for their third preseason game.