Leonard makes return tonight
Kawhi Leonard will make his return to the spurs after missing the past two games with an “injury that’s not an injury,” per Head Coach Gregg Popovich, but what is really a minor hand injury. Tony Parker is also probable after nursing a sore ankle.
“We just decided it was the safe thing to do,” Popovich said of his decision to withhold Leonard from Tuesday’s win over the Raptors. “I’d rather err on the side of being conservative than lose him for three weeks because he gets whacked again.”
For the Spurs, it’s the end of a four game road trip in which they have won three of the four and number four is tonight. The Spurs will return home to face the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday evening at 7. The Mavericks are coming off an 11 point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder
Tickets for the IH-35 rivalry game with the Mavericks are still on sale as the Spurs look to sell out this game as they have 99.2% of all home games.
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.
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!