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It’s the final game of the regular season, and that could not be a more welcome occasion for the tired Spurs, who were routed by the Suns 140-103 yesterday. The Spurs played a lineup of backups yesterday against the Suns Starters and the results were predictable, although there were a few bright spots, as Keita Bates-Diop continued to make solid plays when he was placed in the lineup, and Gorgui Dieng continued to look like a nice late season pickup and is starting to mesh better with the rest of the lineup. Unfortunately, Lonnie Walker IV had an early collision with Drew Eubanks and limped off the court early in yesterday’s game, and although he returned later, he didn’t look himself and he’s listed as questionable today after scoring a goose egg is yesterday’s contest. DaQuan Jeffries, picked up off waivers from the Houston Rockets on a 10 day contract (really 1-day, since the season ends today) should get some run today and take over some of Lonnie’s minutes.
Jakob Poeltl and DeMar DeRozan are listed as available today, but it they play, I don’t expect either to play big minutes. The Suns still need a win today to have a chance at the best record in the west, and I expect them to have no mercy on the resting Spurs today, and for the game to be another blowout. The most you could expect for the Silver and Black is to compete and get ready for the play-in contest on Wednesday, against the loser of today’s Grizzlies/Warriors game. The two day break between today’s contest and the play in will be the longest break between games for San Antonio since the All Star Break in early March.
And here it is, we’ve finally come to the end, but now matter how our paths will bend, treasure the memories of the ways we wend, because no one knows what things the future will send.
[See you again next Wednesday.]
One final word:
Go Spurs GOOOOOO!!
San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns
May 16, 2021 | 1:00 PM CT
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