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
The San Antonio Spurs completed another successful Rodeo Road Trip finishing at 7-1 after handily beating the Houston Rockets 104-94. Now they look to keep their undefeated home record intact as they entertain the Detroit Pistons tonight at the AT&T Center.
“Our guys played well and stayed locked in the whole trip,” said LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 26 points and 16 rebounds against the Rockets. “I think everybody was motivated to finish the trip off right.”
The Spurs also made free agent news signing veteran guard Andre Miller and are still looking hard at Kevin Martin, who was recently released from his contract with Minnesota. In order to make room for Miller, guard Ray McCallum was waived. Head Coach Gregg Popovich joked about the signing of Miller.
“He’s gonna be terrible. That’s why we brought him in. He’s got no chance to fit in whatsoever. I can’t believe we did that,” coach Gregg Popovich quipped before continuing.
“His basketball IQ is off the charts,” he added. “What a pro, tough minded, disciplined and he’ll pick up things very quickly. He’s picked up already a lot. He’ll be fine.
The San Antonio Spurs kept their undefeated streak at the AT&T Center alive with a 101-95 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on a night that saw the rare ejection of Head Coach Gregg Popovich. The win added the Spurs to a very short list of Western Conference teams to have opened the season with a perfect 18-0 record at home. Other teams to do it were the 1978 Trailblazers and the 1986 Houston Rockets.
The Spurs were led, in part, by Rookie Boban Marjanovic, who had to step up after LaMarcus Aldridge had a bad night offering only six points to the contest. Marjanovic was a perfect 7-7 kicking in 17 points and four rebounds in under 15 minutes of play.
“I feel happy because I am part of this win,” Marjanovic said. “In the first half we played like, so-so, and in the second half much better and we showed we are a team. We showed in bad times that we can be a good team.”
“Both stretches he impacted well,” said Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, who took over for Popovich. “Not only with his game, that was a quality game, but also because he got the crowd involved, he got his teammates involved.”