Spurs looking for bounce-back road game vs. 76ers
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For the second time this month, the San Antonio Spurs are preparing to face the Philadelphia 76ers. They beat the 76ers on Feb. 2, but since then the Spurs have fallen to the Memphis Grizzlies in their lowest-scoring game of the season (89-74). Now, they’re looking to bounce back.
Tonight is the Spurs’ second game of their eight-game rodeo road trip, the annual stretch during which the Spurs play on the road while the San Antonio Rodeo is going on at AT&T Center.
One of San Antonio’s biggest problems Monday night was the absence of Kawhi Leonard. The all-star forward has been bothered lately by a quadriceps injury, and without his 25-30+ points, the Spurs fell hard. Leonard should be back for this matchup against the 76ers, which will greatly aid the Spurs’ game.
Another key to a San Antonio victory is LaMarcus Aldridge. He’s struggled in the last few games, only making 13 points on Monday (which, sadly, was the second-highest on the team). And finally, the Spurs need to make shots. It seems obvious, but the ugly performance Monday proved even the Spurs have rough nights. Let’s just keep it at one night only, shall we?
Star Joel Embiid, Philly’s version of Kawhi Leonard, also missed his team’s most recent game. In fact, the last time he played was Jan. 27 against the Houston Rockets. Like Leonard, Embiid is expected to play tonight. And if he does, that will greatly help his team. Since the beginning of 2017, Embiid has scored 18 or more points in all of his games. Without him on the floor, the 76ers have lost five of their past six games.
If both the Spurs and the 76ers have their stars back tonight, it’ll be a good game – unlike Monday’s. Still, San Antonio – and Kawhi Leonard – will be too much for Philly to handle for four quarters.