Spurs vs. Jazz: There Will Be Rest
Tim Duncan: 35 minutes; Tony Parker: 35 minutes; Spurs play the Clippers in Los Angeles Monday night. Yeah, I’m guessing there’s going to be some rest tonight when San Antonio plays the Jazz in Salt Lake City.
One of the two next games has a possibility to be a schedule loss. Three games in four nights is one of those things the Spurs don’t really care for. If you’re Coach Pop, playing the worst team in Western Conference, this is the one where you rest your guys instead of the game against a rival. As of writing time, the Spurs haven’t made any official announcement, but just prepare yourself for a lot of Cory Joseph and wait for it… wait for it… a Malcolm Thomas sighting.
It’s unclear if Tiago Splitter and Aron Baynes will be in uniform. If they’re both out, then maybe Duncan sees limited minutes. The other question is whether Kawhi Leonard gets some rest. He had a bit of a breakout game against the Timberwolves, scoring 19 points on 8/11 shooting (five assists too!), so if Parker and Duncan do sit, would we see a little offense running through Leonard?
Utah is coming off a Friday night win in Denver. After a sluggish start, Derrick Favors appears to be figuring some stuff out. In his last eight games, Favors is averaging 15 points on 62 percent shooting. The addition of rookie Trey Burke has certainly helped both Favor and Gordon Hayward. In 13 games played so far, Burke is averaging 12.5 points and five assists a game, but is shooting a dreadful 37 percent from the field. Still, he’s a massive upgrade over the D-League call ups and career back ups that were occupying the starting spot while he was hurt.
Again, I don’t think the final result of this one is going to matter much. Some of the starters may or may not play. A win would be nice, but no one is going to feel bad if they lose. And Utah’s bad enough a win could happen without the starters. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest.
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