The Spurs were without their three best players, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Jakob Poeltl due to various ailments and rest. However, Devin Vassell, Tre Jones, and Drew Eubanks stepped up and established an early lead that kept the Spurs ahead for the majority of the game.
In the final quarter, the Suns shot 5-of-5 from deep, which is really hard to compete with, especially given the inexperienced Spurs' lack of consistent deep threats aside from Keldon Johnson and Doug McDermott. McDermott led the way for the Spurs with his second-best scoring outing of the season with 24 points.
The Spurs’ youth movement led the way, as Joshua Primo, Tre Jones, Lonnie Walker, and Devin Vassell all received roughly 30 minutes. Each young Spur brought something to the table. While the team ultimately did not hold strong down the stretch, it looks like the future of the franchise is in good hands. Here are four takeaways from the narrow loss.
1. Tre Jones is a Floor General
Every game, I worry that the wheels will fall off the Tre Jones bus and I’ll realize I hitched my wagon to the wrong pony, but tonight was not that night. Jones tied his career-best 15 points and notched nine assists, which is only bested by an 11-dime effort in December.
While he fell just short of the double-double, he shot a cool 7/12 from the field and avoided taking shots from deep, which he has struggled with. He drew some fouls that helped the Spurs keep their lead and avoided turning the ball over entirely, which is amazing considering his high assist numbers and on-ball style of play.
Tre Jones is not the guy I want taking the final shot, but he’s quickly proven that he can be trusted with the ball to find a scorer and make a play with the ball that results in an open look, an assist, and minimal turnovers.