The Spurs suffered a rough week as they went 0-2 before the All-Star break
Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs went into Utah for what was the first game of a back-to-back. The Spurs once again had to play the flaming hot Utah Jazz. Unlike their previous match-up in San Antonio, Donovan Mitchell was available to play for Utah.
Mitchell on the court for Utah proved to be the deciding factor against the Spurs who were without LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs were pretty balanced scoring wise with six players reaching double digits.
It just wasn’t enough to overcome the Jazz who were lead by Mitchell to a 101-99 win. Mitchell took over the game down the stretch and ended up with 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
If the Spurs were going to go at least 1-1 last week, they needed to beat the Jazz, because everybody knows Denver is one of the toughest places to play in the NBA.
The Spurs played a great game against the Denver Nuggets until the final quarter where the silver and black were completely gassed. The glaring bright spot for the Spurs was the play of Joffrey Lauvergne who posted 26 points which was a career-high, and 11 rebounds.
Dejounte Murray also showcased his mid-range ability and knocked down a few jumpers on his way to a solid 12-point, 6-rebound night.
LaMarcus Aldridge has a quiet All-Star Game
Even though his team got the 148-145 win, Aldridge didn’t see much time during the All-Star game. He played four minutes and only attempted one shot.
This shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering he missed both games for the Spurs last week.
It’s another tough 2 game week for the Spurs as they wrap up the rodeo road trip
For their first game since the All-Star break, the Spurs have another date with the Nuggets in Denver. It’s important for the Spurs to get back on track.
The Spurs are 9-12 in their last 21 games and there’s only a 3.5-game difference between them and the ninth seed in the Western Conference.
The same concerns remain for San Antonio
Over the last few weeks we’ve started to see fatigue from the bench set in and that’ll only grow the deeper we get into the season.