The San Antonio Spurs have been active in this, the early hours of free agency. They kicked off by signing the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard, then found a great home for Center Tiago Splitter, trading him to the Atlanta Hawks and into the hands of his former coach, Coach Bud. They followed this up by inking arguably the best 3 & D player in the league, Danny Greene, to a Four year, $45 million deal. But now the heavy lifting begins.
It looks like the San Antonio Spurs are beginning to come into championship form at about the right time. The Spurs, after falling to the lowly Knicks last Tuesday, the Spurs have reeled off three straight victories and none so impressive as yesterdays 114-95 victory over the playoff bound Atlanta Hawks. The road has not been kind to the Spurs this year and Point Guard Tony Parker is at a loss to explain just why.
“For whatever reason, we haven’t had the same rhythm like in years past,” said Parker. “It felt good to get one against a very good team. We had a good start, shot the ball well and ball movement was great again tonight,” Parker said. “It was one of those games where we played very well.”
The Spurs were led by Tiago Splitter (who hit 8 of his first 9 shots) who had a season high 23 points on 10-14 shooting.
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.