In their past week of play, the San Antonio Spurs were hit hard with injury. In their game yesterday, there were many missing faces including some Spurs top shooters. Naming a few, the Spurs had Tony Parker, and Dejounte Murray unavailable last-minute.
Parker was suffering from back injury, and Murray was battling groin tightness. In addition to that they found out additional bad news earlier yesterday about LaMarcus Aldridge. Due to a heart condition he was ruled out indefinitely as CDA News Reported.
Aldridge recent heart episode was not a first time thing. He battled heart issues in his rookie year, and then again in his 2011-12 season. San Antonio was not going to take any chances regarding his health.
To sum it up, the Spurs had three of their star shooters on the sidlines, and their opponent was one of their biggest rivals, the Golden State Warriors. They ended up lucking out. There were a few Warriors out of yesterday’s game as well, but not for injury.
Luckily for the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors were facing a similar scenario. They were short a few men. One of them was their star Kevin Durant, who they just added to their team last off-season. He had his season come to an end after undergoing surgery recently.
He is coming as a costly sidelining in many ways. Golden State is crossing their fingers that he will be able to return to the court in the early stages of the postseason. If all goes well, he is expected to be back by then.
In addition to Durant being out, the Warriors made the questionable move to rest Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson on Saturday, according to ESPN. It did not turn out to be one of their best moves. Yesterday there was one thing very noticeable, star talents not starting the game for both sides. It became a battle of the backups, but the San Antonio Spurs won that battle.
It was a high stakes game for both teams. Entering Saturday the Warriors had just a one and a half game lead over the closest team in their conference, which happened to be the Spurs. If the Warriors exited the game with anything other than a win, their lead would be cut short.
While the Warriors decided to rest three of their most offensively alive players, the outcome of the game did not turn out so well. The Spurs handed Golden State a 85-107 loss, leaving the Warriors to 22 points unanswered for.
oGolden State may be well rested, but it came costly. In order to give their star players a break, they l st the game. The Warriors may have known it was a gamble game being that the Spurs were also down a few men, but they did not expect such a big deficit.
Following San Antonio’s win over the Warriors, they improved to 51-14 on the season. They cut the Golden State Warrior’s lead to just half a game. Tomorrow the Spurs will be aiming to take the lead as they play the Atlanta Hawks.
Was the Warriors decision to rest all of their star players a questionable move? Can the Spurs take the lead of the conference this week? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod