Spurs display message of unity on scoreboard against Timberwolves

Spurs display message of unity on scoreboard against Timberwolves

It feels brighter, more welcoming, more in-line with the modern-era sports stadiums. "I tried to change him, I tried to make him a different player and I think that really affected his ability to feel comfortable and confident on the court".

The season started for the San Antonio Spurs taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home. The sheer offensive ability of Leonard and the techinical ability of Parker will certainly be missed, but the Spurs are quite versatile so they should be able to adjust to the absence.

The Spurs are certainly capable of reaching 60 wins again, and I nearly hate myself for doubting them, but with the drastically increased competition in the Western Conference, along with injuries to Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard to start the season, I can see them losing a few close games that drop them out of the 2 seed. The quartet helped the Wolves rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 92-91 lead with 5:02 remaining on an 18-foot jumper by Butler.

"Because we were just outscoring them at the time", Butler said.

Butler finished with 12 points and Crawford had 10. Pairing those talents with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins has expectations high in Minnesota.

Aldridge had one of his most complete games with the Spurs, two days after signing a three-year, $72 million extension. "So far, it's been great", he added. "I've been through so much these last couple of months". Don't expect a dropoff by the Spurs this season, although their win total might go down to the West being even stronger somehow. The Spurs won all four meetings straight up past year and went 2-2 ATS.

"Everybody has to make sacrifices to be a good team, myself included", surmised Teague, the ninth-year veteran point guard, as he challenged his new teammates.

The message was a response to some of the backlash Popovich has received for his criticism of President Trump, veteran Spurs guard Danny Green said. With his starter's minutes up for grabs, Kyle Anderson has been named interim starter at the 3 in his stead, with Rudy Gay likely to scoop up some additional minutes as well.

Murray had a solid game Wednesday night, getting his 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and adding five rebounds and two assists. After being one of the league's youngest teams the past few seasons, Minnesota has only one rookie on its roster this season, 7-foot center Justin Patton. The major storyline for that series with Golden State was highlighted by an ankle injury sustained late in Game 1 that caused Kawhi Leonard to miss the duration of the series.

Spurs: Popovich said there is no timetable for Leonard's return from right quadriceps tendinopathy.

San Antonio has won 11 consecutive games against Minnesota, including all four meetings last season.

Gay, who started his 12th season in the National Basketball Association, was the feel-good story of the night.

"I felt it was kind of needed, having the heart to heart where you just say how you feel". Reading so many text messages motivating me, keep going.

"I am keeping my eye, a big eye, on [Minnesota]", declared Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood to the MSR a couple of months ago during a phone interview on his legendary career. "But he's also taking advantage of his athleticism and opportunities".

The Minnesota Timberwolves are led by Tom Thibodeau as the head coach. The Timberwolves played three preseason games while trying to incorporate a roster that is nearly half-filled with new players. "We have to look at film, try to learn from it and be better the next time".

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