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The San Antonio Spurs may not be getting the National spotlight like the Los Angeles Clippers or the Miami Heat, but the Spurs are taking care of business at home.

The Spurs are 8-0 at home this year after wins over the Portland Trailblazers and the Phoenix Suns last week. The Spurs defeated the Trailblazers 99-83 and pulled away late from the Suns 102-91.

In the Portland game, the win was triggered by an unlikely player Tiago Splitter. Splitter would score 9 of his 14 points in the third quarter. Tony Parker had only 4 points at halftime, but would score 16 points in second half to get the Spurs on track.

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The Spurs would go on a 14-2 run to start the fourth quarter and pull away from the Trailblazers on the night and the Trailblazers would not be able to recover from that run. The run was aided by the lack of defensive stopper Marcus Camby not being in the game.

Camby left the game late in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on Camby’s absence, “He is a tough nut to crack down there. He is really good. He had a couple of blocks before he got hurt and it certainly does changes things on the boards for them and defensively.”

Former Texas Longhorn, LaMarcus Aldridge, would do his best to keep the Blazers in contention most of the night. Aldridge would lead all scorers with 29 points. Aldridge said,”It was a tough loss. We had control of both half’s and then we just let it slip away.”

Rookie guard and former Longhorn Corey Joseph saw limited action in the Portland game, but would play nearly 13 minutes in the Suns game. Joseph spent the last two week with the Austin Toros in order to gain some playing time and hone his game.

 

 

 

In the game against the Suns, the Spurs would use the usual suspects to defeat the Suns, future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan were score 24 points and 11 rebounds and Parker would chip 17 points and 9 assists on the night. Duncan would move into 26 th place for all-time scoring in the NBA passing Gary Payton.

This may be Popovich best coaching job with the Spurs. The compact scheduling requires Popovich and the rest of the coaching staff to manage the minutes of Duncan and Parker because of age and prior injuries. The team is thin at the guard position because of injuries to Manu Ginobili and former Longhorn TJ Ford.

The Spurs have four players that have 9 or more years of experience in the NBA and 8 players with 2 or fewer years in NBA experience. The coaching staff has the blend the veteran players with the younger players to maintain the flow of the offense on a nightly basis.

 

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By: Terry Davis
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
@Terryd515


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