Spurs hope to bounce back against Magic


SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs (39-8) will be looking to rebound Monday night against the Orlando Magic (21-25) after the Spurs dropped another tough road game in Cleveland, losing to the Cavaliers 117-103 on Saturday.

The Spurs have now lost two out of their last three after winning 13 in row. Those losses loom pretty large since they were to the leading team in the west, Golden State, and the beast of the east, Cleveland.

The Spurs have had their tough times on the road but they are still solid at home looking for their 26th win in a row at the AT&T center.

Once again the Spurs will have to hold on to that winning streak without Tim Duncan who will miss his fourth straight game while nursing a sore right knee. 

Without Duncan, the Spurs just aren't the same defensive team, giving up 130 to Golden State and 117 to Cleveland.

"This week is going to be a good test to see if we can sustain our defense from the first 30 games," Manu Ginobili said.

Ginobili said Duncan is like a coach on the floor.

"He's an expert. He knows his opponents where to be how to measure his length, speed," Ginobili said.

"We obviously miss Tim, but it is not the reason we lose, and it’s nothing complicated. It’s just us playing team defense," said Patty Mills. "Obviously when he is out they are big shoes to fill, but we have the depth."

The Spurs are honoring George "The Iceman" Gervin Monday night. Twenty years ago he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

"Those were the golden years when you think of Ice out there doing what he did," said Gregg Povovich. "He was so unique and so much fun."

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