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!
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Rajon Rondo was the big story of the night but it was Monte Ellis who ended up with the big night, scoring 38 points including 11 in the critical fourth quarter against the Spurs Saturday night.
“I felt it,” Ellis said of his late surge. “It’s in my blood. Those guys were tired from last night, and their defense let up, so we took advantage.”
Rondo, who was dealt from the Celtics in a multi-player deal Thursday dished out nine assists, collected seven rebounds and ended the night with six points on 3-11 shooting.
The Spurs, who are dealing with injuries, have now lost seven of their last eleven games and are close to a losing streak long left behind. Point guard Tony Parker is still questionable and has been upgraded to “game time decision” while Kawhi Leonard is still out rehabbing a torn ligament in his right hand. All this while the Los Angeles Clippers come calling.
“It’s not as bad as it sounds,” Leonard said before Saturday’s triple-overtime loss to Portland. “I should be back soon.”
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Await winner of Clippers/Thunder match up
The San Antonio Spurs took care of business on their home floor, closing out the Portland Trailblazers. The Spurs were without the services of point guard Tony Parker most of the evening as he went out early in the game with a hamstring injury. A key factor to the 84-102 pasting was a 40-7 differential in bench points in favor of the Spurs as well as forcing 18 Blazer turnovers, five of which Kawhi Leonard collected.
“My mindset was just trying to be aggressive on the offensive end,” Leonard said. “Just knowing Tony was out, he’s very aggressive and still try to stick with our system. Play our offense, move the ball, just try to be a little more aggressive.”
The Spurs also had (a franchise high in the Tim Duncan Era) 43 Fast Break points and 24 assists on 42 buckets.
“Mills, Green and Leonard made 3’s, and they were timely ones that would just build momentum,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “They got out into transition. Those guys let it fly with a lot of confidence. In both halves, those runs took a toll on us. Their transition points were a big factor in the series, especially in the first two games and again tonight. They scored on 12 of 15 fast breaks. Then they’d throw a ‘3’ on top of it, just for good measure.
The Spurs await the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Los Angeles Clippers series. The Thunder currently lead the series three games to four with Game Six scheduled for tonight. In the meantime, the Spurs will rest up and get Tony Parker healthy for the Western Conference Finals.