On a night the Spurs were successful from deep, the good guys fell behind early and could not catch up to the Indiana Pacers. Dejounte Murray led the team with 16 points and 6 assists while Devin Vassell scored 15.
Derrick White also had 13 points and 7 assists as the smaller Spurs tried found it difficult to contend with the Pacers’ long front court. Though the defense was not up to their the standards so far in the early season, the Spurs’ knocked down half of their threes. But the team still struggled to keep up offensively with the hot-shooting Pacers who were 57% from the field and had 18 made threes of their own.
Coming into tonight’s game, Dejounte Murray only has 7 made threes on 32% from behind the arc. Tonight’s game is a step in the right direction as Murray drained 3 out of 5 deep balls. Some consistency behind the arc will help keep defenses honest.
Here, Thaddeus Young finds Derrick White in rhythm for a step-in three pointer, exactly what the Spurs will need to keep doing to find their offensive rhythm.
Jakob Poeltl’s passing is being features more, and this nifty feed to Tre Jones underneath is a prime example. Unfortunately, this dime was Poeltl’s only assist of the night. The Spurs will continue to look to find different ways of getting the center involved in more high post plays on the offensive side.
Behind the back (check), spin move (check check), and then hit a fade away jumper? And check. Swish. Devin Vassell showed off some one-on-one moves and continues to lead the Spurs’ second unit. The Swiss Army swing man provides 3 and D coming off the bench. Additionally, Vassell solidifies a second unit that will be an asset this season when Doug McDermott returns to the starting lineup so that Lonnie Walker IV can run with Vassell in the second unit.
Devin's bringing out the moves pic.twitter.com/w4ECsxIxPy— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 1, 2021
Red rover, red rover, send Keldon on over! (Keldon Johnson turns the corner and then accelerates toward the basket and slams the ball through the hoop while screaming sweet nothings to the crowd)
OK, never mind you can have him back.
If you’re going to cheer for laundry, do it in style:
And last but never least, the full-game highlights:
Next up, the Spurs head back to the AT&T Center on Wednesday, November 3rd for a rematch with the Dallas Mavericks.