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Player Grades from Spurs' Play-In Loss to Pelicans

Brandon Ingram, Zach Collins
Brandon Ingram, Zach Collins / Sean Gardner/GettyImages
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CJ McCollum, Josh Richardson / Sean Gardner/GettyImages

Josh Richardson

Usually coming in and providing an off-ball scoring punch and solid defensive presence for San Antonio, Josh Richardson didn't play one of his better games in Silver and Black but still managed to be somewhat of a positive in what could have been his final game with the team.

While his shot selection was perhaps a tad more erratic in this one than we're used to seeing from him, Richardson still knocked down 2-of-4 from three on a night where Dejounte and Keldon couldn't buy one from outside. Defensively, he was getting all he could handle from CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram, but there wasn't really a Spurs defender that did seem to have any luck with them Wednesday night.

Grade: B -

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Lonnie Walker IV

While I had my doubts if Lonnie Walker could make a real impact on this game, he showed that he was ready in the 17 minutes he was on the floor. Knocking down five of his nine shot attempts and hitting a pair of threes on the way to scoring 12 points off the bench, he was efficient offensively when the Spurs desperately needed him to be.

Lonnie came up clutch early in the first quarter when his first shot attempt snapped an 8-0 Pelicans run. Then in the second quarter, he kept the Spurs afloat when he scored the only four San Antonio field goals during a 16-9 Pelicans run. You could certainly argue he deserved more minutes down the stretch, but he absolutely delivered with the opportunities he was given.

Grade: B +

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