A look at the Spurs week ahead: Jazz, Nuggets
The San Antonio Spurs look to bounce back from Saturday’s loss against the Warriors as the yearly Rodeo Road Trip has the Spurs visiting the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets this week.
Already 1-1 on the trip, the Spurs have shown they have what it takes to win, but they also have shown they can lose.
Let’s take a closer look at this weeks Spurs schedule.
Spurs vs Utah Jazz:
On Monday night the Spurs will be traveling to Utah for a matchup with the Utah Jazz. This will be a fun one because of the new players the Jazz have acquired from this years trade deadline.
The Jazz were able to pick up Jae Crowder from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Rodney Hood. They also received Derrick Rose, but he has already been waived by the team.
This means that this is going to be a different Jazz team than the one the Spurs faced a few weeks ago. The Jazz were able to handle the Spurs 120-111 behind Ricky Rubio's huge night.
It was also announced that the Spurs will be without LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, and Rudy Gay are out with Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray listed questionable.
Just like the Jazz with be a different team, the Spurs will be too. This will be yet another great chance for some of the younger guys to get some experience playing in game.
Players to watch for from the Spurs are Davis Bertans and Bryn Forbes. These two could provide enough scoring to carry the Spurs to a victory.
Spurs vs Denver Nuggets:
The Spurs will travel to Denver on Tuesday for the first of two meetings against the Nuggets. This will conclude the Spurs’ week before Aldridge goes to Los Angeles for this years All-Star game.
The Nuggets are a young team that has seen success this season. Not a lot, but they have seen some.
They are loaded with young talent including guard Gary Harris. This is the player the Spurs need to watch out for if they want to pick up a win.
This season Harris is averaging 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. It’s also worth noting that he went shot for shot with Paul George a few weeks ago.
The Spurs have struggled this season containing these star players. We’ve seen players like Rubio, James Harden, and Klay Thompson have great games that help defeat the Spurs.
It’s unknown who will be available for the Spurs, but if they have the majority of their lineup they shouldn’t have any issues picking up the win.
After this game the Spurs won’t be in action again until February 23rd. Until then, be sure to watch Aldridge play in this year's All-Star Game on Sunday.