Spurs newsletter: DeMar’s poster dunk; Fan throws can at Spurs bench; Manu honors Bonner’s flannel shirt
SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs are playing some of their best basketball of the year and beating the top teams in the Eastern Conference. There may be hope after all. Welcome to the KSAT.com Spurs newsletter.
Aldridge is shooting an average of 5.7 per game this month and making an incredible 53 percent behind the arc.
This has opened things inside for DeMar DeRozan, who’s been playing at a scorching level. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week and had arguably the dunk of the year in his second return to Toronto. It’s a thing of beauty.
What was not a thing of beauty? A fan who was arrested for throwing a full can of an alcoholic beverage at the Spurs bench in Boston. It’s been an interesting week.
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ROUND BALL ROUNDTABLE: Who is most responsible for the Spurs recent turnaround?
There’s no question DeMar is a big reason because of his consistent play, but LaMarcus extending his range is also a big part, along with Pop’s decision to play Lonnie Walker IV more.
I feel DeMar DeRozan is reason number one. He’s the head of the snake for the Spurs. In his last 11 games, he’s been shooting lights out. Dude is carrying the Spurs. Secondly, I think as a whole, the Spurs are playing better team basketball. More consistent for 48 minutes.
On the surface it looks like DeRozan is the main reason the Spurs seem to be headed in the right direction. We are not the only ones who have noticed that since he was just named the West player of the week.
However, taking nothing from DeMar, it looks like an overall team effort has turned around the season. The team is buying in, plus they are doing a much better job of playing the 3-point shooting game.
Finally, the young guys, Lonnie, Derrick, DeJounte and Bryn Forbes are learning their roles and improving every game, not to mention Jakob Poeltl and his improvement.
It’s all Lonnie! Just playing. Obviously DeMar has been great, but Aldridge sacrificing and changing his game to help the team has made a big difference in my opinion. I would have never imagined Aldridge turning into a stretch big, but it’s opened everything inside for DDR, Lonnie, Derrick and DJ.
POWER RANKINGS PULSE:
SPURS SCHEDULE LOOK AHEAD:
Jan. 15 : at Miami Heat
Jan. 17: vs Atlanta Hawks
Jan. 19: vs Miami Heat
Jan. 20: at Phoenix Suns
KEY GAME/MATCHUP OF WEEK:
The Spurs surprisingly went 3-1 over the past week, but must now keep pace with Memphis. That will not be easy with two games against Miami. The Heat have been very good. Jimmy Butler is their go-to-guy, but Bam Adebayo has been playing at an All-Star level and will have something to prove after he was waived from Pop’s Team USA roster over the summer.
The most interesting Spur in the world, or former Spurs player, is Manu Ginobili, with Boris Diaw a close second. What has Manu been up to? Manu has got jokes. Earlier this week, Matt Bonner remembered the day when his flannel was “retired” in the Spurs locker room. Manu posted the original tweet in January 2017, and responded to Bonner this week by saying he had "teary eyes remembering it.” MANU. FOREVER.
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