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.
Veteran scores 16 points, 10 in the pivotal 4th quarter.
The San Antonio Spurs held off a young and hungry Boston Celtics squad that were in the game up until the final stanza. The Celtics were led by Avery Bradly, who nearly had a triple double with 25 points, 10 boards and six assists. The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard who had 26 points on 9-16 shooting.
“I’ve said the last couple of days that we’ve made progress,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “I didn’t think we played as well tonight as we did in Oklahoma City or maybe even at home against Toronto, but they had a lot to do with that. And every time that we got within striking distance, Kawhi Leonard made a huge play or they came up with a loose ball or an offensive rebound.
“They’re tremendous at maximizing every detail of the game. And, you know, hey, we’ve had our moments where we play really well, but we’re not as good as them at that.”
“It was just one of those situations,” Guard Tony Parker said. “It was kind of like they were coming back, and (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) is the boss, I just try to do whatever he wants. Just put me in that situation. I’m just happy they went in.”
The Suns and Tim Duncan Retirement Day
The Spurs hit the road to take on the Phoenix Suns tonight before returning home to celebrate Tim Duncan’s retirement from the franchise this Sunday in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours and come help celebrate and say farwell to the Franchise, Tim Duncan.
Spurs open season tomorrow against Pelicans.
The San Antonio Spurs (2-0) began the season on the road and so far have come away with 10 plus point wins in their first two games. Last night against the Sacramento Kings, the Spurs were outplayed early but rebounded to grab a 102-94 win.
“(Kings) Coach Joerger’s . . . got them playing defense after one game already the way they played defense in Memphis,” Popovich said. “That’s because he knows what he’s doing, and it’s a tribute to those guys to pick that up and jump in and buy in all of a sudden.”
The Spurs will open their home regular season tomorrow night against the New Orleans Pelicans (0-1) . 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!