With a record of 28 – 14 the Spurs have seen little of a consistent starting lineup. Its probable starting five of Aldridge, Leonard, Green, Gasol and Parker have had very little action together due to injuries or rest. But with a host of talent coming off the bench the Spurs have been able to remain a constant in the West as evidenced by it win over Sacramento on Monday night.
Davis Bertans scored a career best 28 points in his outing off the bench in the 107 – 100 win on the road. On any given night the Spurs bench can produce points such as in the previous night’s loss to the Portland Trailblazers where Manu Ginobili scored a season high 26 points off the bench in the 111 -110 loss. This was his second consecutive 20-plus game as he tied Leonard for scoring honors with 21 points in the 103 – 89 home win against the Phoenix Suns.
The bench has been bolstered with the play of Bryn Forbes, Kyle Anderson, Bertans, DeJounte Murray and others. Some have been inserted into the starting lineup because of the ongoing injuries or Popovich’s “rest” plan which will help the Spurs tremendously as the season progresses. Veterans Aldridge, Gasol, Ginobili, Parker, and Mills continue to foster the way for this young group whose valuable play time will be sure to pay off down the road.
Note: Kawhi Leonard missed his second consecutive game with a partial shoulder tear while Danny Green continues to nurse a sore groin and Rudy Gay has a right heel bursitis.
Thurs. 1/11 at LA Lakers 9:30 pm
Sat. 1/13 vs. Denver 7:30 pm
Mon. 1/15 at Atlanta 2:00 pm
Wed. 1/17 at Brooklyn 7:30 pm