The hits are linked, but the Spurs continue to swing. The good guys lost another close game despite the Herculean efforts of Dejounte Murray and company. Murray maintained his scorching scoring pace with 30 alongside 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Jakob Poeltl did not score a point but anchored the defense with 12 defensive boards (14 in total) and 3 blocks.
Murray continues to push for an All-Star spot. While the field is crowded and his path is uphill, you love to see his growth this season. On several occasions during his still very young career, it seems that Murray hit a ceiling in his abilities. This season shows he’s worked hard to make the leap, and his development is far from over.
Terry Cummings and Artis Gilmore would make perfect answers for a Spurs Trivia game.
Six Spurs in history to have consecutive 30/10 games:
The Marcus Aldridge
Dejounte Murray (last two games)
— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) January 15, 2022
A church chicken opened in my hometown (Plainview, TX) recently, and there’s a minimum line of ten cars waiting for fried chicken. People love new and unfamiliar things. This piece by Devin Vassell reminded me of new things that we love. We also love that Vassell continues to turn defense into quick and easy points. Although he’s no stranger, Spurs are eager to see the second-year player continue to grow.
Spurs welcomed in Doug McDermott, and he immediately started stretching the defense again with his three-point shots. McDermott went 3 for 6 from beyond the arc, and Spurs will need his shot from long range to keep the paint zone traffic light.
My favorite part of that streak wasn’t Jock Landale’s incredible blocking, but the great effort he put in to run so fast down the field that his face almost intercepted Murray’s pass to Lonnie Walker. His life probably flashed past him as that bullet raced past him.
I don’t know about all of you, but I’d rather see this version of Space Jam with Jock Landale. The City Edition jerseys already resemble the Space Jam road alternatives.
Dejounte Murray went up the trees and down with a put back. Some NBA purists will have you believe that triple-doubles are full of empty, cheap stats, like finishing a bag of HEB jalapeno chips are full of empty, cheap calories. But you can’t say that Murray’s nightly flirtations with triple-doubles and prodigious effort like this, between two 7-foot-tall players, every night to keep his team competitive is a bad thing.
Keldon Johnson pulls off this pretty European leg by deftly navigating through four Cavaliers, making the whole sequence look like a bullet time of The matrix.
Spurs recent losing streak makes me feel like Oedipus. I didn’t want to give you a graphic interpretation of tragic Greek history, so luckily the Coyote did that for us. Some things you can’t ignore, like Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
And finally, the highlights of the full game:
Next, the Spurs will face the Los Angeles Clippers in their second consecutive home game on January 15, 2022.