A calendar event commemorating a full revolution around the sun doesn’t necessarily mean things will change overnight, but for the Spurs there is hope that 2021 will bring new fortunes. Their loss to the Lakers two nights ago already felt like it was a year ago, and although tonight’s rematch was closer and more competitive throughout, the good guys still lost to the defending champions.
Keldon Johnson’s career high scoring night (with a 26-10 double-double for good measure) gives the Spurs added hope that good fortune comes sooner than later. Tonight, his endless energy on both ends of the court and stroke from downtown (5 for 9) were welcomed highlights for the Spurs:
Keldon making it rain— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 2, 2021
The Mustang has hit 3 from deep so far pic.twitter.com/7PNixZjfzQ
I live for Bill Land’s voice but am still adjusting to hearing it without the raucous crowd noise in the back. I did my share of cheering from our living room when Rudy Gay threw down this dunk to close out the first half:
Clear the lane for Flight 22! @RudyGay | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/DEVWxRTXuY— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 2, 2021
If I was the commissioner, I would ban any player from doing the Euro Step unless they play for the Spurs. Luckily for Keldon Johnson, he’s a Spur. Luckily for the Spurs, he’s improving before our eyes:
Step 1️⃣: Keep your eye on Keldon Johnson— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) January 2, 2021
Step 2️⃣: Watch the magic happen#GoSpursGo | @spurs pic.twitter.com/3FQtBb7Up6
Perhaps the most welcome sight of the night was the return of Derrick White from toe surgery, and he had an immediate impact, even in limited minutes. Welcome to 2021, Derrick! Stay awhile and keep making moves like this:
had 'em guessing @Dwhite921 pic.twitter.com/kwJsmPb7bE— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 2, 2021
New year, new fiestas. Go Spurs Go!
New year/court/jersey/sign , same me!— Coyote (@SpursCoyote) January 2, 2021
.#GoSpursGo #SpursFiesta | @spurs pic.twitter.com/ruI6slXDaj
Next up, the Spurs take on the Utah Jazz on Sunday, January 3, 2021 to finish out a 3-game home-stand.