These games may not count yet, but the Spurs’ blowout-turned-close win over the Magic showed that when the games do matter, the Good Guys have what it takes to dominate inferior opponents. For the evening, Dejounte Murray led the team in scoring with 18 points while Lonnie Walker IV came off the bench to contribute 16 points and 5 assists. Keldon Johnson also chipped in 12 points as Jakob Poeltl pulled down 9 rebounds with 8 points of his own as the Spurs’ main rotation built a comfortable second half lead before the third string showed just enough resolve to eke out the victory over Orlando’s starters.
The Spurs’ newest (and youngest) member, Josh Primo, only played 9 minutes, but he impacted the game in his short stint. Here, he finessed his way into the lane for a pretty floater:
Doug McDermott, another fresh face for the Silver and Black, provided stretch three shooting (2 for 4 for the game), and he also provided a glimpse of potential play-making abilities with this deft dime to a cutting Poeltl. More plays like this, and he’ll definitely earn the moniker “Dougie Dimes”:
The Spurs enter the year with many enticing question marks alongside all the fresh faces, but one returning player with plenty of unknown potential of his own, Devin Vassell, will hopefully be a lasting answer to how soon the boys will get back to their diabolical winning ways in the playoffs. The team will count on Vassell to provide defense and three-pointing shooting, but quick cutting plays like this will also be a welcome sight:
George Bernard Shaw lamented, “Youth is wasted on the young,” and the Spurs have plenty of youth this upcoming season. The hope is that all of this youth translates into boundless energy and relentless transition points like this running dunk from Keldon Johnson:
It seems like every year is a make it or break it year for Lonnie Walker, but this year . . . this year is definitely a make it or break it year for number one. Will he finally show the consistency that the Spurs and Spurs fans have been waiting for? If this game was any indication, he might put it all together. In 20 minutes of play, Walker provided 16 points off of the bench on 6 for 11 shooting while also dishing out 5 assists. His spot-up three point shooting will also be a welcome sight as seen here:
And last but never least, the full game highlights:
Next up, the Spurs close out their preseason schedule with a tune-up against the Houston Rockets on Friday, October 15th at the AT&T Center.