Undermanned Spurs clobbered by Blazers


This article is cross-posted at Spurs Basketball

Without their Big 3, the San Antonio Spurs (23-10) lacked the size and firepower to matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers (18-16).

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 24 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and the Blazers routed San Antonio 137-97 Tuesday night while the Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

Jamal Crawford scored 20 points, shooting 5-of-7 on three-pointers, and had eight assists for the Blazers, who led by as many as 48 points and sat all of their starters for most of the fourth quarter.

Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum each had 19 points in the win.

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and one block to lead San Antonio, which snapped an 11-game winning streak overall and an eight-game streak on the road.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that he was resting Parker and Duncan because the Spurs were playing three games in four nights.

“They’ve been going and going and going and if you don’t do it now I think you’re asking for trouble,” Popovich said.

San Antonio were also without guard Manu Ginobili and center Tiago Splitter because of  injuries. Both are expected to miss two weeks.

The Spurs were playing their annual Rodeo Road trip which keeps them away from home for an extended period while the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center.

The Spurs reserves got plenty of playing time and valuable experience on the hard court.

Spurs rookie guard Corey Joseph got his first NBA start and finished with 13 points and three assist in 37 minutes, while James Anderson logged in 35 minutes and scored 11 points.

Eric Dawson also made his debut with the Spurs and finished with nine points, six rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes of action.

Gary Neal and DeJuan Blair chipped in 10 points a piece in limited action and Danny Green added 16 points.

Raymond Felton who had just nine points in Portland’s 103-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, finished with 16 points off the bench against the Spurs.

Wesley Matthews, scored 11 points for Portland, but left the game early in the fourth quarter with a mild left ankle sprain.

The Spurs continue their road trip and will travel to Denver on Thursday for their final game before the All-Star break.

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10 thoughts on “Undermanned Spurs clobbered by Blazers

  1. Well, all good things has to end, but the Spurs have nothing to be ashamed of. The Blazers basically beat the bench.

    And the Spurs stars got the rest they needed.

  2. It was a tough game for the Spurs all through out at least they were able to take the lead in the first quarter. Still proud to be a Spurs fan! Go Spurs Go!

  3. We got are butts kicked but the young guns showed what they can do. Eric Dawson seems to be a nice fit and Kawhi was a beast.

  4. Robby
    It’s not undermanned but undersizes. Size does matter. I can only say one thing about the guys that played it was a tremendous effort but part of the growing pains we have to expect. I was very impresses with their effort (b+). Eventhough my daughter stayed up pass twelve midnight with me watching the game and hoping the game would turn around like the last couple of games the game just didn’t. All she said was we just loss the Regional tonight but two days ago they pull off a nail biter and won with no time left on the clock a typical Spurs victory type. Now again I just read a blog out of SA that had some trade scenarios involving J. Anderson and other Spurs, is it just talked and wishful thinking? Please to confirmed any rumors? Loyal Spur’s fans and constant Robbloggers.

    • Joe, right now because of injuries the Spurs are short-handed and like you said they are also undersized, adding another big man would be nice, but I believe the Spurs are using the wait and see approach around the trade deadline because some teams might just waive players that might interest the Spurs.

      About the loss to Portland, I think coach Pop made the right decision and perfect timing to rest TD and TP, the way the Blazers played last night, I looked like the Spurs will end even with the stars playing. The Blazers had a terrific night shooting the ball also having no Duncan or Tiago in the paint certainly helped their confidence.

      As for trades involving the Spurs, NOTHING is imminent, a lot of writers and bloggers (including yours truly) try to write stuff that might interest their readers especially with the trade deadline just weeks away.

      However, nothing has come up yet, but as soon as I get a notice on a trade involving the Spurs, I let you guys know.

      Thanks for the comments and read everyone, we appreciate it here on Spurs World!

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