The second game of the Spurs/Suns back-to-back was closer, but the good guys’ starters could not match the output of the Suns’ second stringers. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs in closing with 23 while Jakob Poeltl notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. The Spurs starters got some burn in the regular season finale while Patty Mills got to rest ahead of their play-in game in two days.
As always DeMar DeRozan provided the scoring punch and even added a three for good measure. Heading into the play-in, the Spurs will need DmDr to continue to put pressure on the defense and also facilitate the ball to the other players.
Heatin up— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 16, 2021
Double-digits for @DeMar_DeRozan after one! pic.twitter.com/bKGhs63oFu
Rudy Gay emphatically throwing it down wasn’t even the best part of this play.
RUDY THROWS IT DOWN! pic.twitter.com/M1pFl2pWJR— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 16, 2021
Rather, it was Keldon Johnson’s reaction to Rudy Gay emphatically throwing it down. For what it’s worth, the infectious way the team cheers each other on feels good.
come for the @RudyGay slam, stay for the Keldon reaction pic.twitter.com/ifByBuhieO— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 16, 2021
Here, Devin Vassell was playing solid defense staying with his man until he timely blocked the shot:
DEVIN DENIAL @Yvngdevo | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/Mhm8FRQhFn— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 16, 2021
Jakob Poeltl dined out on Rudy Gay’s dime. Poeltl Jam.
Poeltl Jam pic.twitter.com/IIrcYXtnCM— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 16, 2021
Quinndary Weatherspoon, the greatest potential name for a Harry Potter book character, picked a pass and took it to the other end for a quick 2. Mischief managed!
OKAY Q!— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 16, 2021
Steal and slam for @IAM_QUINN11. pic.twitter.com/EK50ghktmV
Tre Jones, with the active hands, got the steal and found a flashing Devin Vassell for the open slam:
This @Tre3Jones ➡️ @Yvngdevo connection pic.twitter.com/gGlGlg4I0m— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 16, 2021
KJ 2 DJ = Super Slam. Holy Coyote, indeed.
Big Body steal ➡️ @DejounteMurray slam!— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 16, 2021
YOU LOVE TO SEE IT. pic.twitter.com/wzuKaqQOUe
This is my last highlights for the regular season. Thank you all for joining us all season. Thank you to J.R. Wilco for always giving me the opportunity to wax words on this fantastic site. These are the unheralded, building block seasons that make fandom really worth it when our favorite team finally gets to hoist another championship trophy.
It’s really been a chaotic and tiring second half. I don’t have to play back-to-backs or five games in seven nights, but even we have the luxury of other wonderful writers to step in for us occasionally. I cannot imagine having to actually put your body through the gauntlet so many times with so few nights off. I hope the Spurs get some much needed rest early this week because they deserve it.
And of course last but never least, the full game highlights:
Next up, the Spurs go dancing before the big dance by taking on the Memphis Grizzlies in Game One of the play-in tourney on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.