The Spurs’ Sunday matinee match-up with the Denver Nuggets saw some heavy scoring early, as the silver and black put up 66 first half points and boasted a 12 point lead at the half. The offense looked much more fluid despite first and second lineups that I expect will share close to zero minutes on the floor together once the regular season begins.
The Nuggets countered San Antonio’s hot shooting and closed the gap to just 1 by the end of the 3rd. Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap combined for 16 points in the quarter. The Spurs responded with a late 4th quarter surge by LaMarcus Aldridge and a barrage of threes put the good guys back in front for good.
- Rudy Gay seems to be gelling with his new teammates. Known for forcing looks during his days in Memphis and Sacramento, it was promising to see the 11 year veteran play within the offense Sunday afternoon. He’s only played in two games, but I'm very intrigued by what #22 could bring to the table this season.
- It was refreshing to see a confident Bryn Forbes on the floor. The second year sharpshooter was plagued by a frigid shooting slump in his NBA games last season. It will be very interesting to see if he can play his way into a supporting role early in the year while Parker is rehabbing.
- It looks like Davis Bertans is focused on putting the ball on the ground this off-season. It didn't quite show on the stat sheet today, but you can tell he is much more comfortable being chased off of the 3 point line. There were a couple of possessions in the first half where he pump faked, and got to the rim. Oh, and that shooting stroke of his didn’t disappear over summer. The 6’10” sniper went 2-3 from deep Sunday afternoon.
- Dejounte Murray is continuing to grow as a point guard. The 20 year old out of Washington appears to be focusing on running the offense this preseason rather than his play making ability that he flashed in the conference finals last year. It appears that Pop and his staff are being patient enough to let the young guard’s game come around slowly after thrusting him into action late in the playoffs last season.
Next up, the Spurs will finish up their two game home stand Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic.