At the beginning of every season for the past decade, the San Antonio Spurs have been all but written off ‘old’ and they go through the slog of the long season, sometimes rife with injury, sometimes not but always showing up in the postseason. The Admiral sets sail and they win. Slam Duncan sets records in nearly all statistical categories over a 17 year career and still manages to average 13.6 points per game, 9.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.0 blocks shooting 50% from the floor and career high 7.% from the line in under 30 minutes a game.
And now, we are in the midst of the passing the throne. First from Five-O to Duncan to Ginobili to Parker and now to Kawhi Leonard.
“It’s going to be Kawhi’s team, anyway,” Parker said. “Timmy transitioned to Manu, Manu transitioned to me, and now it’s going to be transitioned to Kawhi. I’ll try my best to stay aggressive and be involved, but Kawhi is going to be the man.”
That came after the Spurs sent their in-state rival Houston Rockets home confused and concerned in a 110-98 thumping. Leonard, who has been averaging 19.9 ppg, 5.8 RPG, 2.8 steals and 2.7 assist over the past 10 games had an off night of 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and four steals.
“Give them credit, they took us out of our game and we couldn’t sustain anything in the second half,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.
The Rockets have another shot at the Spurs tomorrow night at home. The Spurs are only half a game from taking the Southwest Division. Plenty of great sets are still available so get yours today and help support your Spurs on The Road.
The San Antonio Spurs have quietly reeled off six straight victories with their next nine games a mix bag of competitive teams. Last night, the Spurs took on the Toronto Raptors at home and took early control of the game surging out to as much as a 26 point lead before the Raptors made it competitive.
The home crowd was thrown a scare as Tim Duncan suffered from a slightly hyper-extended elbow after Tiago Splitter landed on him late in the game.
“I don’t want to take away from the win, it was a great win against a great team, but we should have finished the game before,” Parker said after the game.
Parker, who had 22 points and nine assists also lamented about his partner in crime, Timmy D.
“They told us right away (about Tim’s injury) it was not big, so maybe half a second (of anxiety),” Parker said.
The Spurs (40-23) next face the Cleveland Cavaliers (41-25) tomorrow night. Great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get yours today!
Five major components did not travel with the San Antonio Spurs in their contest against the Phoenix Suns. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Coach Popovich did not travel with the team. Pop is sick and the team is resting Duncan and Ginobili while Kawhi Leonard (eye infection), Tiago Splitter (calf strain) and Patty Mills (rotator cuff) are all recovering from injury.
Suns owner Robert Sarver took to the microphone with two minutes and change left and apologized for the lack of Defending Champion Stars present and said that if fans would send in ticket stubs, they would receive a free gift from the team.
The Spurs, meanwhile, are flying back to the Alamo City to prepare to take on the defending Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat. Plenty of great seats and cheap tickets are still available so be sue to get yours now and support the Defending NBA Champion Spurs!