After losing back-to-back games against the Memphis Grizzlies, where in all frankness they got outplayed for 8 straight quarters, one would be forgiven for thinking the San Antonio Spurs would come out the blocks quickly and try to make a statement against the worst team in the West, but they did not. It wasn’t looking good for a while, but after another three-and-a-half quarters of horrific play, they came back from 16 down in the fourth quarter to save themselves the embarrassment of falling to the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves m pulling off the 111-108 the win.

DeMar DeRozan stepped up and was the hero the Spurs needed with 16 points in the fourth quarter and 30 overall. The rotation was a bit funky as both Drew Eubanks and Trey Lyles got some playing time due to the duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay being out, but they both did a good job when called upon — especially Lyles with a big three and clutch rebound during the comeback — and Jakob Poetl looked excellent in a starting role.