David Flores, KENS
eight:25 AM. CDT October 30, 2017
Spurs (Four-2) vs. Boston Celtics (Four-2)
When, the place: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Boston
Season sequence: First badembly
Final badembly: Spurs 108, Celtics 101, Dec. 14, 2016, AT&T Middle
Spurs’ final sport: Misplaced to Pacers 97-94, Sunday, Indianapolis
Celtics’ final sport: Beat Warmth 96-90, Saturday, Miami
Notable: The Spurs haven’t misplaced in Boston since Jan. 5, 2011, and have received the final 11 video games within the sequence.
The Celtics are one of many NBA’s up-and-coming groups, however a cease in Boston could also be simply the tonic the Spurs want after dropping back-to-back video games the previous three days.
After beginning the season Four-Zero with out All-NBA ahead Kawhi Leonard and veteran level guard Tony Parker, the Silver and Black misplaced street video games to Orlando on Friday evening and Indiana on Sunday afternoon.
San Antonio ends its four-game street journey Monday evening in Boston, the place it hasn’t misplaced since Jan. 5, 2011. Furthermore, the Spurs have received the final 11 conferences within the sequence. Monday evening’s sport will cap the primary back-to-back of the season for San Antonio.
It is a completely different Celtics workforce than the one the Silver and Black beat 109-103 final Nov. 25 in Boston, and 108-101 on Dec. 14 on the AT&T Middle.
The Celtics despatched Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder to Cleveland in a blockbuster commerce for All-Star level guard Kyrie Irving in August, and in addition traded Avery Bradley to Detroit for Marcus Morris. Thomas averaged a team-leading 28.9 factors and 5.9 badists final season. Bradley was the No. 2 scorer and rebounder (16.Three/6.1). Crowder averaged 13.9 factors and 5.eight rebounds.
Irving has averaged 21.Three factors, Four.Zero rebounds, 5.7 badists and a pair of.Three steals in six video games for the Celtics this season. Boston has received 4 in a row after beginning the season Zero-2.
The Spurs are coming off a 97-94 loss to the Pacers, who received the sport on a step-back Three-pointer by Victor Oladipo with 10 seconds left. His basket put Indiana on prime 95-94. Marcus Aldridge missed a 19-footer with 5 seconds left, and former Spur Cory Joseph hit two free throws after getting fouled whereas grabbing the rebound.Patty Mills’ Three-pointer was approach off the mark as time ran out.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had no qualms about Aldridge’s protection towards Oladipo on the game-winning shot.
“It was properly contested,” he stated. “He (Oladipo) was deep and he was off steadiness. However give him credit score. He knocked it down. It was properly contested and it doesn’t hbadle me in any respect.”
The Silver and Black began the fourth quarter with an 18-5 run that put them up 82-73 with 6:44 remaining, however the Pacers stormed again with a 16-Three blitz to go up 89-85 with Three:06 left.
“They simply performed properly collectively,” Spurs ahead Rudy Homobadual stated. “Oladipo had some robust pictures.”
Aldridge had one other stellar sport, ending with 26 factors and eight rebounds. Pau Gasol had 17 factors, seven rebounds, 5 badists and 5 blocks.
Danny Inexperienced, who completed with 10 factors, hit 5 straight to present the Spurs a 94-92 lead with 1:02 left. Gasol rebounded a missed Three-pointer by Darren Collison on the Pacers’ subsequent possession, however Inexperienced turned the ball over with 30 seconds remaining. That left the door open for Oladipo.
“We had nice appears to be like,” Gasol stated of the Spurs’ final two pictures. “Marcus had an excellent look. He took it and it didn’t go in. Patty had a fairly good look, I feel. I didn’t see the replay. However I believed it was an excellent look.”
Up subsequent for the Spurs after Monday’s sport: vs. Golden State, Thursday, 7 p.m., AT&T Middle
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