The last two weeks of the season has been a gauntlet and the San Antonio Spurs were seemingly in a downward spiral that could possibly push them out of the play-in tournament. Then they came to Sacramento knowing that they had to win (and by the way, the Kings also had to win to stay in the running for the tournament). The Silver and Black shot a miserable 18% from 3 but kept their aggressiveness and pushed through a couple of scoring droughts to keep themselves in the game. And when others believed that they had lost their “clutch gene,” the Spurs seemed to have found it again. DeMar DeRozan led the squad with 25 points. Dejounte Murray bounced back from a couple of poor performances in Utah and Lonnie Walker IV started in place of Devin Vassell and proved he probably should have continued as Derrick White’s replacement both at the beginning and the end of the game.
Dejounte Murray ran the floor and dished some assists early.
DJ showing off the handle package pic.twitter.com/HzB3h8iMCA— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 8, 2021
DeMar doing DeMar things . . .
DeMar getting it done with 10 PTS already! ♨️ pic.twitter.com/cBzF3XautJ— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 8, 2021
Keldon Johnson’s athleticism leads to shots like this . . .
and his circus shot in later that quarter also really got the blood pumping . . .
Lonnie may have started but he also finished . . .
Murray had a good night with 22 points and 7 assists.
“Psst”— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) May 8, 2021
*looks around for anyone who might overhear this secret
“Dejounte Murray is good”pic.twitter.com/T77ND41U11
Jakob Poeltl had four important blocks throughout the game, but this one with 1:35 left was pretty impressive and vital.
Lastly let’s look at some full game highlights.
This win versus the Kings keeps the Spurs in the running, but it will still be tough. The Pelicans, Grizzlies, and Lakers losses helped some. But today the Silver and Black meet up with the Portland Trail Blazers who are also on a SEGABABA and winners of their last two games (the last one versus the aforementioned Lakers). Hopefully the Spurs got some rest on the short flight up the coast.