This was the last chance to see the summer Spurs, due to the fact that they got eliminated by the Timberwolves in the playoffs, and were then sent to the losers bracket for their final game. Even though both teams knew that this would be their final game, the Spurs and the Kings both played hard, and San Antonio staged a late-game comeback to win in overtime.
The Spurs were missing Jonathan Simmons for this game (DNP - Coach's Decision) and Kyle Anderson (NWT - Graduated) as well as Will Cummings, who was out with a concussion
PG: Dejounte Murray
SG: Bryn Forbes
SF: Quenton DeCosey
PF: Davis Bertans
C: Cady Lalanne
Dejounte Murray had himself an awesome game, finishing off with 20 points on 9-20 shooting (45%), 9 assists (6 of them came in the 4th quarter and overtime) and 4 rebounds in 29 minutes of play. He also hit two clutch shots toward the end of the 4th quarter to tie the game and send it to overtime. Without Kyle Anderson and Jonathan Simmons, someone had to step up, and Dejounte did.
Murray was +11 to finish summer league. And watch out for a nasty between the legs pass in the below highlights. That's not the average play. I personally think he's going to be an asset for the Spurs in the future.
Davis Bertans, the newest member of the Spurs, performed at a high level in his first game with the team. Expectations for him were elevated, even though he only averaged 7.9 points per game in about 20 minutes in the Euroleague.
Bertans finished the game with 15 points on 5-12 shooting, with 3 of those 5 baskets coming on three pointers. He started off cold, and remained so until the beginning of the third quarter when he hit his first three. He then went on to hit 2 straight momentum shifting three pointers in the fourth (both assisted by Dejounte Murray), off of some screens and pick and pop action.
If Bertans had played in the previous game, the Spurs could have had help against the Timberwolves, and might still be in the SL playoffs right now. You can never have enough shooters.
To think that this guy was included in the Kawhi Leonard trade is insane. Even if he turns out to just be an average rotation player, it's still going to be a massive steal off of the Pacers.
Here are his game highlights:
Bryn Forbes had another solid game for the Spurs. 15 points on 4-10 shooting is nothing to complain about, considering all 4 of his made field goal attempts came from deep. At the start of overtime, Bryn Forbes hit a three point shot (assisted by Murray), and ended overtime with a free throw that cinched the win.
Landry Nnoko was one of the better performing bigs in this game, coming up with 5 points and 6 rebounds in only 13 minutes of playing time. His 2 field goals were both dunks, and 5 of his 6 rebounds were offensive rebounds. He played very well, and ended up with a +9
Now begins the 2.5 month stretch where there's no more Spurs basketball. Stay tuned to PtR to survive.