It took 25 points from Derrick White off the bench, and a career night from Bryn Forbes for the Spurs to outlast the Suns 120-118 in Phoenix Monday night. The Spurs squandered a 20-point lead, while Suns guard Devin Booker rallied the comeback with 22 third quarter points and finished with a game high 37 points.
Forbes; who’s value has been questioned as of late, responded with 24 points on 8-13 from the field and 8-11 from three point range. He also set a franchise record for three’s in a half with seven and was only one away from tying the franchise record for most made three’s in a game.
The last two weeks for the silver and black have truly been a roller coaster ride. The highs have been high and the lows, dismally low. In that span the Spurs beat the league’s best team Milwaukee, Boston in Boston, and Toronto in Toronto. All quality wins versus top tier teams in the Eastern Conference. In that same span they lost on the road to division rival Memphis, and blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead at home in a 120-121 loss to Atlanta. That’s right the 10-34 Atlanta Hawks. The only team worse than Atlanta is the depleted Golden State Warriors, who took the Spurs into overtime New Year’s Eve at the AT&T Center.
Just when I think Popovich has the Spurs about to turn the team around, inconsistency rears its head. It’s been the storyline of the 2019-20 season. The Spurs are currently one game behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth spot in the Western Conference with both Portland AND Phoenix on their heels.
While it’s still too soon to panic (Popovich has been known to make miracles happen after the All-Star break) this current roster WILL NOT produce a championship parade for the Alamo City this season, however extending its league leading playoff streak to 23 straight seasons is still attainable. With the trade deadline swiftly approaching, significant thought should be given to a roster change or two.
Both LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes’ names have been mentioned as possible trades before the trade deadline. Miami is seen as a good landing spot for Aldridge while Forbes’ shooting ability makes him a good acquisition for a team looking to spread opposing defenses.
Wed, Jan 22 @ New Orleans (17-27) 8:30pm ESPN
Fri, Jan 24 vs Phoenix (18-25) 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 26 vs Toronto (29-14) 3pm
Mon, Jan 27 @ Chicago (16-29) 7pm