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Final Score: Shorthanded Spurs lose to Suns, 121-90

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The Spurs didn't just leave three of the Big Four and Popovich in San Antonio, they left their defense at home, too.

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The Spurs' first preseason game in the United States ended with a loss to Phoenix and dropped the Spurs to 1-2 in the preseason. Of course, the Spurs did make the trip to the desert without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills or their head honcho, so the result shouldn't be surprising.

Austin Daye led the Spurs with 17 points and six rebounds. He finished 3-of-5 from deep and 6-9 overall to pull the Spurs' FG% up a couple of points. Still, the Spurs shot just 44% from the floor while allowing the Suns to shoot a scorching 55.6% overall and 52.4% from downtown.

The Suns put up 68 points in the middle two quarters and San Antonio didn't crack 25 in any quarter for themselves. The Spurs did start Aron Baynes, Matt Bonner and Kyle Anderson, so there's that. I don't think we can take much from this one.

Tony Parker and Marco Belinelli each shot 3-for-9 and combined for six turnovers in just 52 minutes of action. I guess it's good that Marco is in a shooting slump when the games don't count, but it sure would be great to see the Italian find his touch. The second unit will really need his shooting with Patty missing a couple of months of action.

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You can see the opponent's fans perspective at Bright Side Of The Sun.

Up Next:

The Spurs will host the new-look Heat at the AT&T Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CDT. Unfortunately, that game will not be televised either, but Michael Erler will be there to give us the details of that affair.

Following that game the Spurs host the Kings on October 20 and the Hawks on the 22nd. They'll finish up their preseason games in Houston on the 24th. The Rockets game can be seen on NBATV at 7:00 p.m. CDT.