While the San Antonio Spurs compete for a playoff spot, the Austin Spurs, their G-League affiliate, continue to find success with their run in the playoffs.
The San Antonio Spurs might not make the playoffs for the first time since the 1996-97 season. However, a short drive from the Alamo City, the Austin Spurs, the organization’s G-League affiliate, not only made the playoffs but reached the championship game.
Austin accomplished this with a 104-93 win over the South Bay Lakers — one day after the NBA Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, coincidentally. This will put them in a matchup with Erie Bayhawks or Raptors 905 — a three-game series that starts Sunday.
2017 first-round pick Derrick White delivered the finals-clinching performance for Austin with 35 points on 13-for-24 shooting. He added 7 rebounds. Any postseason experience, no matter what level of basketball this is, could help the Colorado product for his days as a full-time player in San Antonio. If he follows the Dejounte Murray arc, it might be the 2018-19 season.
Two-way player Darrun Hilliard backed White up with 20 points of his own on 8-for-18 shooting. Along with Nick Johnson‘s 19 points and Olivier Hanlan‘s 13, it was enough to get by the likes of Thomas Bryant, Scott Machado, Gary Payton II and two-way player Alex Caruso.
In case you went to bed early last night and missed the news…
— Austin Spurs (@austin_spurs) April 6, 2018
San Antonio guard Patty Mills showed his support for the G league players, as well.
Yeaaaah boys!!! ?? https://t.co/nt57op6yI8
— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) April 6, 2018
Austin will continue its road to the title on Sunday, April 8. Can the youngsters achieve championship status and bring a silver lining to the San Antonio organization’s tumultuous season?