Pounders, I hope you are recovering from the team’s 15th close result (final score margin of five or less) of the year. Last night, Fox Sports Analyst Rick Renner led off the post-game wrap-up by calling Suns guard Ricky Rubio the name of Florida politician Marco Rubio, which probably was an indicator of how exhausted all of us were after two high-stakes games in less than 36 hours!
Here are the highlights from last night’s victory for you to savor before the Spurs attempt once again to snag a three-game winning streak for the first time since the start of the season on Wednesday night.
Closing Execution — Though having this many close games does wear on the fanbase, it seems to have been an uplifting thing for DeMar DeRozan and the younger Spurs to gain critical end-of-game experience that may come in handy down the line:
This type of shot from Derrick White was scarcely there before this season. Revel in how smoothly it was executed:
Pop said it best and succinctly about his standout performance: “Everything. He’s just a very smart player. He drives it. He can shoot a 3. He’s just getting more and more confident. He’s just a good competitor.”
White’s ability to go end-to-end and finish strongly is critical to negating transition defense issues:
Jakob Poeltl turning defense into offense as he gets the tip that starts the fast break as Derrick White finishes with the layup. pic.twitter.com/nbywSqTAVE— Joe Garcia (@twoshotspodcast) January 21, 2020
Bryn Forbes a great first half and bolstered his teammates early and often:
Along with notching the second highest scoring total for the team, Forbes demonstrably reclaimed the ‘shooting’ portion of job title last night:
Most three-pointers in a half in Spurs history:— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) January 21, 2020
1. BRYN FORBES - 7 (tonight)
2t. Manu Ginobili - 6
2t. Danny Green - 6
2t. Marco Belinelli - 6
2t. Bryn Forbes - 6
The work that Dejounte Murray put in during the offseason (and his season off) on his shooting stroke seems to be paying off as we hit the halfway point of the season:
As for, Jakob Poeltl, In the rare moments that defense was noticed during this game, it was usually him that provided the support:
Lonnie Walker IV‘s consistent shooting may ultimately be the skill that unseats the rotation players ahead of him:
If you want to bask in the Spurs’ full eclipsing of the Suns one more time, here are the game highlights:
See you all tomorrow evening for the later 8:30 PM CT tipoff against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans!