The San Antonio Spurs (14-10) take on the Golden State Warriors (12-12) tonight and are looking to extend their winning streak to four games. Last night, the Spurs defeated the Warriors, 105-100. San Antonio was led by Dejounte Murray, who played an inspired brand of basketball on his way to 27 points, ten rebounds, four assists and a career-high eight steals.
The Warriors, who won the first matchup between these two teams this season, were once again led by Stephen Curry. In 36 minutes, the superstar guard had 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
San Antonio Spurs Injury Update
LaMarcus Aldridge is out once again with a hip injury. Jakob Poeltl, who played well last night (14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks), will fill in as the starting center. The backup center role has been held by Drew Eubanks recently.
Derrick White is being held out of back-to-backs, which means he won’t play tonight after starting on Monday. The Spurs are being careful with White after he reinjured the second toe on his left foot. In the offseason, he had surgery on that toe.
Starting in place of White will be Lonnie Walker IV. Walker has missed the last two games with a stomach illness. Head coach Gregg Popovich indicated that Walker’s minutes may need to be limited as he works his way back into shape.
White being out means that rookie Devin Vassell will be in the rotation tonight.
Rodeo Road Trip Looming
It’s that time of year again. Tonight’s affair is the final game prior to the Spurs embarking on the Rodeo Road Trip. This year’s version is seven games, the first six against Eastern Conference teams.
Historically, the Spurs have been successful on the Rodeo Road Trip. However, that has changed after the retirement of the Big Three. Last year, the Spurs were 2-6 on the Rodeo Road Trip. Two years ago, they were only 1-7.
Spurs vs. Warriors – How the Spurs Can Win
If the Spurs want to win tonight, they will need a better offensive performance. They can’t expect to hold the high-powered Warriors to only 100 points again. Considering that San Antonio shot only 40.6% last night, there’s obviously a lot of room for improvement.
While the Spurs played well defensively on Monday night, Curry was amazingly efficient. He was 10-for-17 from the field, 6-for-11 on three-pointers and 6-for-6 at the free throw line. San Antonio must continue to try to limit his touches as much as possible.