In Game 3 of the “Homestand of Revenge,” the San Antonio Spurs came out and exacted Revenge 3.0 with a slow, methodical, 111-86 beat-down of the Phoenix Suns on the back of some efficient three-point shooting and Bryn Forbes’ first ever double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds (a career high).
- Davis Bertans missed his second consecutive game for “personal reasons.” While some took the presence of his mother visiting from Latvia as a sign that Pop was just giving him time off to be with her (which I found hard to believe), it turns out his absence is due to the birth of his first child (a daughter). Congrats to Davis and Anna from the entire PtR community!
- The Spurs wore white at home! I didn’t know that was a thing anymore.
- Forbes was the Spurs offense in the early going, with 11 of their first 15 points. The rest of the starters were a little lackadaisical to start the game, but the bench came in strong and extended the lead to 29-20 at the end of the first quarter.
- This two-way play by Rudy Gay in the first quarter was amazing:
- The Spurs continued to sleep walk through the second quarter as the Suns, who were missing Devin Booker and Jamal Crawford, hung within 7 points most of the time before the Good Guys finally picked things up just enough to extend the lead to 59-46 at the break.
- The Spurs spent the entire second half continuing to extend their lead until the third stringers came in, and for the first time in a while (if at all), none of the big three of Gay, DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge had to play in the fourth quarter. They each finished with 26, 24 and 24 minutes, respectively.
- T.J. Warren has been an unusual thorn in the Spurs’ side. In their three meetings so far, he has scored 21, 27, and 23 points, respectively.
- Derrick White is sneaky good on defense. He’s quicker than you think and had plenty of poke-aways in transition. He didn’t have a great night shooting, but like always he found other ways to contribute with 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
- The Spurs had another super efficient night from three (13-21), thanks in large part to Forbes and Dante Cunningham combining to hit 9-9.
- Every now and then Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli give you a reminder that they were a big part of the Foreign Legion branch of “The Beautiful Game” Spurs with some amazing chemistry and passing that only the two of them could pull off.
For the Suns fans’ perspective, visit Bright Side of the Sun.
The Spurs return the AT&T Center on Thursday and will be looking to exact Revenge 4.0 on the Clippers. Tip-off will at 7:30 PM CT on FSSW.