Nando De Colo has now completed Phase Three of Ginobili training. After breaking his nose in the third quarter, De Colo, whose game has been compared by some to a homeless man's Manu, now has the schnoz to complete the look.
Playing without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawi Leonard, and Boris Diaw, the San Antonio Spurs actually held their own through the majority of three quarters. Scrappy defense and solid offensive play from Cory Joseph (18 points) and Danny Green (17) kept the undermanned Spurs within striking distance as both teams traded baskets.
In the fourth quarter, the Spurs essentially ran out of gas on this second game of a back-to-back. The New Jersey Nets' Alan Anderson led all Brooklyn scorers with 22 points in a game where Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were largely invisible.
Next up are the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday, giving the Spurs a day to rest their legs and noses. They are now 2-1 on the Rodeo Road Trip.
Your Spurs fall to 36-14 for the season.