Nothing this year in the NBA has been predictable. After losing in Mexico City to the Phoenix Suns, the Spurs have put together a four game win streak that began with home victories against Minnesota and Denver.
Then the Spurs set off on a road trek to face the defending NBA champs Cleveland Cavaliers who themselves are playing at times unpredictable bull. What would appear as a momentous task to defeat the Cavs on their home floor without Tony Parker and Pau Gasol turned out to be a coming out (again) for Kawhi Leonard as he put the team on his back in scoring a career best 41 points in a thrilling 118 – 115 overtime victory.
Along with solid bench play down the stretch, the team continued to play “Pop” ball. And with a young rookie point guard who can step in fearlessly, things appeared to go pretty good. Dejounte Murray filling in for the injured Tony Parker scored a respectable 14 points against Cleveland, this comes after getting his first start against the Nuggets in which he scored a season best 24 points on 7 of 11 shooting and hitting all of his free throws.
LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee both posted double-doubles in the Cleveland win. Win the win the Spurs have been victorious against the top two teams in the NBA on its opponents home court. The Spurs went on to beat the Brooklyn Nets as Joel Anthony was signed to a 10-day contract to fill the void.
Notes: Congratulations to Kawhi Leonard in being named the Western Conference Player of the Week. He has scored 30 or more points in his last six outings.
Upcoming schedule (Toronto game being played at press time)
Fri. Jan. 27 at New Orleans 7:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 29 vs. Dallas 6:00 pm
Tues. Jan. 31 vs. Oklahoma City 7:30 pm
Thurs. Feb. 2 vs. Philadelphia 7:30 pm