Spurs crush Warriors in battle of backups

Spurs crush Warriors in battle of backups

Spurs crush Warriors in battle of backups

The Warriors, wanting to prevent their starters from getting injured, and the Spurs, who lost their top two scorers LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard to injuries within a two-day span, left their stars on the bench for the game.

LaMarcus Aldridge will be out indefinitely for the San Antonio Spurs.

The Warriors were playing without the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, along with Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, as head coach Steve Kerr opted to rest his star players.

With both teams depleted due to injuries and rest, San Antonio picked up a valuable win against the Golden State Warriors 107-85.

However, the Spurs weren't short of capable back-ups, with six-time NBA All Star Pau Gasol and two-time NBA All Star David Lee the likely candidates to absorb Aldridge's minutes on court.

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Leonard and Aldridge are the only players on the Spurs roster with over 1,000 points this season, with backup point guard Patty Mills ranking third on the team with 603 points scored. "That's something we've been trying to focus on a little bit more as we move to the end of the regular season and heading into the playoffs". Can the Spurs take the lead of the conference this week?

Most of the Warriors' points throughout the game came through Ian Clark, who scored 36 points but was the only player on the team to go beyond 15 points in the contest.

The Warriors will start Shaun Livingston, Patrick McCaw, Matt Barnes, Kevon Looney and Zaza Pachulia.

"It's a win we're going to accept and keep, but it wasn't a fair fight", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. It means the Spurs will play Golden State on Saturday night without their two best players. "We're supposed to win a basketball game like that". The Warriors beat the Spurs 92-86 on April 10, 2016, to snap a 33-game losing streak in San Antonio on its way to a league record 73 victories. The last time the Warriors' were without all three was December 21, 2010, when they beat the Sacramento Kings 117-109 in overtime. The 17.3 points per game is his lowest average since his rookie year, but that just attest to the depth of the Spurs and the uprising Leonard.

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