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It’s time for San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz

After a pair of tough overtime losses, the Spurs are in Utah to face the conference co-leaders

Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images

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People like to say it’s a 48 minute game, but that’s not always true. Sometimes it’s 53, and with the youth and flawed roster the Spurs have this year, they just can’t expect to win if they can’t play hard for the entire contest, and have a few bounces go their way. They almost found the formula on Sunday, with an high energy performance from a shortened and inexperienced roster, but the Sixers did just enough to pull out a win with a Ben Simmons tip-in basket as time expired. Despite the loss, it was one of the Spurs best and more entertaining games of the season, and it showed how the young guys have the potential of contending with elite teams if they can gain more consistency and make fewer costly mistakes.

It’s still possible that the Spurs can somehow back into the playoffs without winning any of their remaining 9 games, because the Pelicans aren’t that good, and they also have a tough schedule, but the Silver and Black can make things a bit more comfortable with a few wins. Tonight, they face the Spurs in Utah, which is always a tough go with the altitude in Salt Lake, but the Jazz are missing Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, and if the guys can play as hard as they did last night, they have a shot at a win tonight. DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and Dejounte Murray are rested tonight and back in the lineup. Gorgui Dieng had his best game as a Spur last night, and he might have the length to compete with Utah’s talented bigs while Jakob is resting tonight. Lonnie Walker has been incredible the last week, so the hope is that he can continue his hot streak and bring Devin Vassell along, as the rookie tries to work his way out of his recent mini-slump.

It almost doesn’t seem to be fair, to be met at the basket by Gobert, but if your imagination is fertile, it’s just as bad to see Poeltl.

One final word:

Go Spurs GOOOOOO!!

San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz
May 3, 2021 | 9:00 PM CT
Streaming: NBA League Pass

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