Gasol injures finger in warm ups
The San Antonio Spurs keep humming along even through injuries from two of their starting players. Pau Gasol broke a finger during pre-game warm ups while Tony Parker is still dealing with a left foot sprain. Kawhi Leonard took up the slack as he completed his fifth consecutive 30-point game of the season.
“I’m just happy that my hard work has paid off,” Leonard said. “It’s just another stepping point to my career. Hopefully, I can keep going from here.”
The Spurs hit the road for a four game road trip that will have them visit Cleveland, Brooklyn, Toronto and Ne Orleans before returning home on the 29th to face their IH-35 rival Dallas Mavericks. They will be home until the 4th of February facing Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and Denver before hitting the road for a long stretch.
Rodeo Road Trip
The Spurs begin their annual pilgrimage known as the Rodeo Road Trip. This year the road trip kicks off o February 6th and will close February 26th.
EMBARK ON RODEO ROAD TRIP
The San Antonio Spurs survived Kobe’s final appearance and the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night 106-102 at the AT&T Center in what turned out to be a very sloppy game for the Silver and Black…but it was hard not to just watch the magnificence of Kobe. To some of the Spurs vets, it had that old time rivalry feel and the sidelines even included a music superstar not known for Spurs games, Selena Gomez, who was obviously rooting for the Silver and Black.
“I thought it was great,” San Antonio point guard Tony Parker said. “It was a great game, fans were into it. It felt a little bit like the old days in the playoffs, Spurs and the Lakers.”
Even Coach Popovich, who acknowledged the sloppy game, was caught watching Bryant.
“It was a pretty sloppy game from our perspective,” Coach Popovich said. “And you hate to think it’s because they had an easy time last night [against the Mavericks], but you wonder about it and you talk about it. It’s the NBA and everybody comes to play and everybody comes to win. It’s all the same stuff every night. You’ve got to execute, and we didn’t for a lot of the game, and [LA] was fired up. It was a great night for Kobe, which is thrilling to me because I think he’s great. But now, we can enjoy the Dallas win. Losing tonight would’ve taken that away, so we’re glad it came out the way it did.”
The Spurs embark on their annual Rodeo Road Trip in which they will face the Heat, the Magic, the Clippers, the Lakers, Suns, Kings, Jazz, Rockets before returning home to the AT&T Center on March 2nd for a game against the Detroit Pistons.
Tickets for any of the road games and of course their next home game are still available. Get yours today and support your Spurs on the Road!
It’s that time of the year again for the San Antonio Spurs. That special month of February when their home court is turned into a huge holding pen for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. To date, the road trip has been used to firmly gel the team and get all healthy bodies on the right page and ready for the last portion of the NBA season. With a 71-26 “Rodeo Road Trip” record, the Spurs have never fallen under .500. This season, though may prove to be the hardest to date – since 2003. This season, the trip includes stops in Toronto (lost), Indiana (won), Detroit, LA Clippers, Golden State, Portland, Utah, Phoenix. There is every reason to believe that the Spurs will have trouble. On the other hand, the Spurs thrive on the trip…so let’s play the games!
Next up for the Spurs are the Pistons. For you Spurs fans in Detroit, make sure you get out and support the Champs. Great seats and affordable tickets are still available. Get yours now!