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The San Antonio Spurs are looking to continue their victories despite being understaffed and switching rotations when they host the Brooklyn Nets in their first tackle against teams from New York City on Monday.
San Antonio will fight the Knicks on Tuesday to end the set with two games in two nights.
The Spurs have won three of their last four games, including a 117-114 win over New Orleans on Saturday when DeMar DeRozan returned from vacation, scored 32 points and hit a season high with 11 assists.
It was the Spurs’ first win since they were forced to postpone four games due to COVID-19. Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell and Quinndary Weatherspoon were held on health and safety records for San Antonio.
“The players want to play,” said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich after the win. “The guys who stand up for people who are injured don’t want their teammates to be injured, but when they are, they want to play and use those minutes. They certainly did it tonight.”
It was DeRozan’s fifth game with at least 25 points and 10 assists since joining Spurs in 2018.
LaMarcus Aldridge brought San Antonio 21 points off the bench, Dejounte Murray 18, Lonnie Walker IV 17, Patty Mills 13 and Trey Lyles 10 points for the Spurs in Saturday’s win.
“Tonight a lot of people attended for us,” said Popovich. “Defensively as a team, I thought we reacted really well. Overall, it was a great team performance and a good win.”
The Nets have lost 17 games in a row against the Spurs in San Antonio. Her last road win came on January 22, 2002.
After a 115-98 home defeat to Dallas on Saturday, the Nets travel to the city of Alamo, which brought Brooklyn’s eight-game winning streak.
The nets were without Kevin Durant, who won’t be returning until after the upcoming All-Star break due to a left Achilles tendon strain, and Kyrie Irving, who was resting his surgically repaired right shoulder.
That forced James Harden to carry the charge for Brooklyn and he was up to the task in the first half, scoring 25 of his 29 points as a team leader before the break. The Nets scored just 34 points in the second half of Saturday’s loss.
Durant has missed 10 of their last 11 games, including seven of eight wins in Brooklyn’s streak.
“The boys are ready for us to kick different lineups and have different people off the line-up,” said Nets coach Steve Nash. “So, I don’t think guys are that affected by the change. They’re more used to the kind of inconsistency with our availability, and it’s no big deal.”
Jeff Green and Bruce Brown each scored 12 points in the loss and were the only other players in Brooklyn in the double digits.
Nash said Irving’s injury wasn’t serious. It’s the second game Irving had his shoulder resting on after just 20 games last year.
“I would expect him to play (on Monday) and if not I don’t think this is a thing that will linger on the All-Star break,” said Nash. “Kyrie knows his body – he’s discussed it with us. He has history with this shoulder and he’s taking the necessary precautions to ensure he can keep maintenance on this shoulder.”
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