Spurs look to bounce back as they host I-35 rivals Mavs Sunday at AT&T


SAN ANTONIO – It has been over a week since the San Antonio Spurs played a home game. They were on the road for a four game road trip and it is not even the annual Rodeo Road Trip yet.

It was a successful trip starting with an overtime, 118-115, win in Cleveland.

They went 3-1 with a win over Cleveland, followed by victories in Brooklyn and Toronto.

They wound up the trip losing to New Orleans Friday 119-103. It looked like they just started to run out of gas.  

"It was a long trip," said Gregg Popovich, Spurs head coach. "It was good to get home."

The trip included losing Tony Parker to foot pain before the Cleveland game and then getting him back after missing two games, and then losing Kawhi Lenoard for a couple of games after hurting his hand during the Cleveland game.

With Tony and Kawhi out along with Pau Gasol, the younger guys got some serious playing time.

Before they left town, Dejounte Murray scored a career high 24 points against Denver.

He followed that up playing 22 minutes and scoring 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting against the Cavaliers.

He played in all four road games averaging just over 7 points.

He joined other young guys like Davis Bertans and Bryn Forbes and Jonathon Simmons getting valuable time on the floor and getting some wins.

"It helps their confidence," Popovich said," you look out there and four of the five are new or maybe all five are new and they end up with a win, I think it makes them feel much better about what they are doing what they are learning."

The Spurs start a four game home stand against the struggling Mavericks. Dallas has been dealing with injury problems all year.  

Jose Barea and Deron Williams will not play against the Spurs. The Mavs will have Dirk Nowitzki back. He missed the first two meetings, both Spurs wins.

The Spurs are 36-10 while the Mavericks are 16-30.

With so many foreign players on the roster and so many in the NBA, Popovich was asked about the travel ban imposed over the weekend by President Trump.

"We'll see where this goes, obviously the roll out today was Keystone Kop like by any measure," Popovich said.

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