Spurs bump off Suns

Spurs are led by Aldridge’s 27

The San Antonio Spurs were without the services of one Kawhi Leonard who was out with stomach problems but a surging LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up again and carried the Spurs on his shoulder to help beat the Suns 119-98.  Aldridge and company had a rough start to the game as Phoenix seemingly hit every shot in the first half (actually they shot a blistering 67.6%) and took a six point lead into half time.

”They really got into us physically and did a great job denying passing lanes and really gave themselves a chance to win,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ”I just think our experience kind of took over in the end.”

The Spurs came out in the second half and played crushing defense, holding the Suns to 18 third quarter points and 16 fourth quarter points.  Manu Ginobili scored all 12 of his points in the second half.

”I try to bring it every game,” Ginobili said. ”Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes things don’t go your way. At halftime, we were frustrated with the way we were playing. So, we all brought it in the second half. We played a lot better.”

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available for tonight’s game as well as for Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.  Get yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs!

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Spurs look to get even against Jazz tonight

Clippers in town Saturday night

The San Antonio Spurs have a little bit of early retribution in mind as they take on the Utah Jazz tonight in a rematch that left the then undefeated Spurs scratching their heads with only their second home loss since March of 2015.

”Every loss is disappointing to me,” said Spurs forward Kawhi spurs-3Leonard, who had a game-high 30 points. ”Just disappointed in our defensive effort. Our energy wasn’t there in the first quarter. They were knocking down shots in the fourth quarter. They scored 33 in the fourth and that’s not good either.”

So the Spurs will have the opportunity tonight to get even on the Jazz home court.  This time, they will look to contain former Spur George Hill, who took over in the 4th quarter and ended the game with 22 points.

”Play like you’ve been there before,” Hill said. ”Coach Pop always instilled that into me my first three years here (in San Antonio). Don’t show really that much emotion, unless it’s part of the game, but act like you’ve been there before. That’s what I try to instill in the guys, move onto the next play every time.”

The Los Angeles Clippers (3-1, 2nd Pacific)will visit the AT&T Center this Saturday.   Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs!

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Spurs dismiss upgraded Warriors squad

Leonard sets new personal record.

The defending Western Conference Champions didn’t have a chance last night no matter that it was their home court season opener San Antonio Spurs star and reigning Defensive Player of the Year showed that his offense has taken yet another leap forward.  Leonard finished the game with 35 points on 10 of 21 shooting, 15-15 from the charity stripe, five rebounds, five steals, three assists with two turnovers in 32-minutes.

“We got punched in the mouth,” Draymond Green said. “I don’t know if it was quite a bad thing for us.”

“If there was an outcome I wasn’t expecting, it was this one,” the SpursManu Ginobili said. “A 29-point lead against a team like them? I truly didn’t expect it.”

And yet, one game does not make a season.

The Warriors had trouble with (and will continue to) the Spurs Bigs and they had no answer for the Aldridge/Gasol/Leonard points in the paint.

“No, I didn’t see losing by 29 points,” Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s going to be an ugly tape to watch. … I think our spurs-1guys were embarrassed tonight. I know I was.”

“It’s a nice little slap in the face,” Stephen Curry said. “First game you want to come out and protect your home court and have the energy of the home opener live throughout the game. We didn’t do anything to let that happen.”

Leonard also had help from his 2nd year Spur LaMarcus Aldridge, who looked very comfortable on the floor with and without new center Pau Gasol.  Aldridge finished the game with 26 points, 14 rebounds and was 5-6 from the line.  Jonathan Simmons, who nearly stole the show, came off the bench to score 20 points on 8-14 shooting which also included a monster block on Steph Curry and a emphatic slam dunk in the closing seconds of the game.  Simmons, Ginobili and Patty Mills led the bench scoring 54-16 over the warriors.

The Spurs home court opener is this Saturday, October 29th against the New Orleans Pelicans.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs

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