Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors
San Antonio narrowly defeated the revamped Houston Rockets on Saturday night, surviving an offensive onslaught from John Wall and Eric Gordon. Though the Silver and Black surrendered two separate double-digit leads throughout the contests, they were able to seal the deal behind a rare pair of successful free throws from Jakob Poeltl and some timely late-game heroics from DeMar DeRozan.
It was a team-first effort led by 30 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists from DeMar DeRozan that saw six Spurs reach double-figures and two miss that mark by a single point. And their defense took a promising step in the right direction with Derrick White and Dejounte Murray starting alongside each other for the first time since last season during the NBA Restart.
The short-staffed Spurs now have a shot at redeeming themselves against a white-hot Warriors club that blew them out nearly three weeks ago as they kick off a back-to-back versus Golden State. Steph Curry is fresh off a 57 point performance in a one-possession loss to the Dallas Mavericks, and he isn’t likely to shy away firing away for this banged-up bunch.