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!
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.