No rest for Spurs as they visit Raptors
The San Antonio Spurs have had a busy couple of weeks. Tonight, they head to Toronto to face the Raptors for their fourth game in six days.
The Raptors are probably hoping the Spurs are tired after playing last night – but don’t count on it. They pummeled the Brooklyn Nets 112-86 – without stars Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, and Tony Parker. No, they’re not showing any signs of slowing down.
Team-leading scorer Leonard sat out the Nets game with a sore hand, but he could be inserted back into the lineup for tonight’s matchup. If so: Watch out, Raptors. Kawhi has been having an incredible season, scoring 30 or more points in his last six games. If San Antonio can get 112 points without him, just imagine how good they’ll be when his hand feels strong again.
The Raptors (28-16) aren’t bad, but their offense has been suffering lately. It doesn’t help that all-star DeMar DeRozan will miss this game with an ankle injury. Still, they’ve got Kyle Lowry, who’s averaging 22.1 points, 7 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game this season.
Toronto, unfortunately, doesn’t have a lot of upward momentum right now. They’ve lost three straight games and were beaten by double digits in the last two.
The only real challenge I can see facing the Spurs tonight is staying disciplined on defense. They’ve got the scoring down perfectly; they just need to stop the Raptors from exploding on their end of the court.