The 2019-20 NBA season was going to be a beast of a season, especially in the Western Conference. With significant off-season player acquisitions by several Western Conference teams, the Wild Wild West got wilder. Our hometown spurs seem to be up to the challenge starting the season 3-0 with wins against a young New York Knicks team, the Wizards minus John Wall, and most recently Monday nights win against a solid Portland Trailblazers team. The Spurs were able to overcome a slow start and poor shooting to outlast Portland in Monday night’s contest. The Blazers came out swinging jumping out to a 23-4 lead on 6-8 from the 3 point line. Despite the slow start the spurs went into halftime down only 6 points.
Using a 37-20 third quarter, the Spurs were able to withstand an offensive onslaught by Damian Lillard, Portland’s All-NBA point guard. Held in check most of the game by Derrick White and DeJounte Murray, Lillard went off in the last three minutes of the game scoring 18 points and bringing life back to the blazers. A last second corner three miss was the difference in the game as the spurs were able to hold on for the 113-110 win. The Spurs were led by Demar DeRozan’s 27 points. Dejounte Murray flirted with a triple-dub with 7 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds while playing only 22 minutes as a result of Pop imposed minute restrictions.
The Spurs head out for their first road trip of the season facing both the Clippers and Warriors in back-to-back games.
Thur, October 31 @LA CLIPPERS 930pm
Fri, November 1@ Golden State 930pm