Grades: San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors – Game #81

The San Antonio Spurs made a late push to challenge the Golden State Warriors but ended up dropping the affair by a final score of 100-94. The Warriors took command of the game in the middle of the second quarter and looked to be on a path to an easy victory. The Spurs, who were playing a bunch of youngsters due to Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl and Devin Vassell sitting out, kept competing and made it a contest in the fourth quarter. Alas, Golden State was able to escape with the win to improve to 52-29, while San Antonio dropped to 34-47.

The Spurs are now locked into the tenth seed in the Western Conference. They will be on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans in a do-or-die play-in game on Wednesday. Before that, though, the Spurs finish out their regular season on Sunday night in Dallas versus the Mavericks.

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Spurs vs. Warriors: Final Grades

Tre Jones
Jones played solid defense but the rest of his game was discombobulated. His shot-selection was highly questionable, he missed open teammates, he held onto the ball too long too often and his passes were sloppier than usual. Jones competed but he didn’t play that well.
Grade: C-

Josh Primo
After a really slow start, Primo got better and better as the game went along. By the fourth quarter, he was likely San Antonio’s best player. His three-point shoots looked smooth, his court vision impressed and his defensive intensity was commendable.
Grade: B

Josh Richardson
There were a lot of touches available for Richardson to produce — but he just didn’t do a whole lot. He wasn’t creating for himself or teammates often enough. His defense was also a step slower than what we’ve become accustomed to.
Grade: C

Zach Collins
Collins did really well on the boards, guarded the paint with physicality and swatted away three shots. On offense, he never found a rhythm. He was involved an acceptable amount but his production on that end was minimal.
Grade: B-

Keita Bates-Diop
Bates-Diop got the start and made a lot of heady plays. His cuts were precise, he remained aggressive on offense and he was pesky on defense. It would have been helpful if he was stronger on the boards, though.
Grade: B

Jock Landale
Coming off of a food injury, Landale looked to be moving okay but he just couldn’t shoot it straight. He missed 9-of-10 shots from the field, including 5-of-6 three-pointers. He rebounded well, passed well and exhibited skill out on the perimeter — but his accuracy betrayed him on this night.
Grade: C

Lonnie Walker IV
Scoring was a struggle for the Spurs the majority of the evening. The best thing they had going was giving it to Walker and getting out of the way. Walker poured in 24 points in 27 minutes and scored on a variety of looks. If this were a must-win game, he would have undoubtedly played a lot more.
Grade: A-

Joe Wieskamp
Wieskamp doesn’t look out of place going against NBA athletes. He moves well without the ball and has athleticism and length. His main issue currently is he’s not shooting enough. Whenever he gets a glimpse of the rim, he needs to let it fly. Right now, he can even be found passing up wide open looks.
Grade: C-

Devontae Cacok
Cacok has a live, active body and he’s seemingly always in the middle of the action. Not everything within his hurricane of activity is positive but he continues to look like an interesting prospect who might have a place in the league.
Grade: B-

Romeo Langford
Langford played a sleepy 11 minutes. He’s not doing much of anything to show the Spurs (or any other team in the NBA) that he’s worthy of a spot going forward. He looks coordinated for his size but he needs to play much harder and with much more urgency to make a case for his professional basketball career.
Grade: D+