During their final scrimmage before resuming the eight-game season slate, the San Antonio Spurs were visibly more comfortable but still raised questions.
In their first win of the Orlando restart inside the NBA’s bubble, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Indiana Pacers 118-111 to close out their slate of scrimmages. Playing against one of the more intriguing teams in the Eastern Conference, the Spurs got the ball in the hands of their young players a ton in this game with rookie Keldon Johnson pouring on 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
San Antonio moved the ball well, using their penetration to draw defenders toward the paint before rocketing passes to the perimeter. They finished with 29 assists led by point guard Dejounte Murray, who filled the stat sheet with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal. He was one of six Spurs with three or more dimes in the contest, but it was reassuring to see Dejounte keeping his demeanor and passing well despite shooting poorly.
Five players reached double-digits in the scoring column including DeMar DeRozan (17 points) Lonnie Walker IV (12 points) and forward Rudy Gay‘s game-high 23 points made a major impact off the bench. We’ll get more into Gay’s performance later, but having a veteran step off the bench and swing the pendulum for this group is pivotal in the face of major injury trouble.
Defensively, the Spurs were still a bit of a mess except for Jakob Poeltl, who finished with two steals and a block today. The No. 1 performer on defense was someone you’d probably imagine would earn that spot given the way he’s blossomed in his third year.