With the San Antonio Spurs locked into the tenth seed in the Western Conference and guaranteed a spot in the play-in tournament, the good guys had nothing to play for on Saturday afternoon. In fact, a win in either of their last two games versus the Phoenix Suns could cost the good guys a spot or two in the 2021 NBA Draft. With that in mind, no one can be too upset that the Spurs got blown out by the Suns by a final score of 140-103. San Antonio sat half their roster and the Suns took advantage from the opening moments.
Drew Eubanks and Dario Saric participated in the opening tip. Three and a half minutes later, the Suns were up 10-2 and the rout was on.
Manu Ginobili will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2022 and Tony Parker will be enshrined in 2023. Gregg Popovich has been eligible for a long while but thus far has refused consideration.
Spurs vs. Suns: Final Grades
The good: Vassell had some slick moves off the dribble. The bad: He’s now 0-for-11 from three-point land in his last three games. Vassell made matters worse today by hesitating after missing a couple.
The good: Johnson had a few rugged rumbles to the hoop and once again flashed an interesting mid-range jumper. The bad: He failed to make a few obvious passes and his three-point shot was creaky.
The good: Mills exhibited more playmaking than usual. The bad: His shooting was poor once more and his defense was non-existent.
Lonnie Walker IV
Walker had a chance to show what he could do as the focal point of the offense. Instead of showing off, he posted a goose egg.
His numbers look better than his actual level of play but Eubanks provided compelling glimpses including taking and making an 18-footer.
Bates-Diop’s length and coordination continue to make him useful. That said, it wasn’t a good sign that he refused to shoot open threes.
Jones authored athletic drives and heady passes. Like Bates-Diop, he passed up open jumpers, unfortunately.
Weatherspoon was a bright spot. His defensive potential passed the eye-test. He’s a fearless, burly defender who sticks his nose in. Offensively, his drives looked okay-ish. His jumper and passing instincts weren’t too awesome, though, to put it gently.
Dieng was easily the best player on the court for the Spurs. He made smart decisions and consistently played with a wherewithal everyone else on the team lacked.
Pop decided to go be with Tim Duncan on his big day. Good decision.
The Spurs and Suns play again tomorrow. For draft positioning purposes, another loss by the good guys would be a good thing.