The Spurs have their roles and what they need to do to win down to a science. With Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair out tonight and Tim Duncan sitting out the second half (in what was then still a close game), San Antonio players stepped up and filled roles. No matter how many times you see it, it does not cease to impress.
One day the Magic will get there again. One day, Orlando will be like San Antonio and be able to confidently move guys around in the rotation and ask them to take on bigger roles and help them win games when key players have to sit out. The Magic are just at the beginning of that rebuilding process. The Spurs are at the apex and it did not matter who was in the game.
For the Magic, it still does. Still undermanned with injuries to many of their veterans, Jacque Vaughn experimented with a lineup featuring Andrew Nicholson, Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless starting together for the first time. It flamed out unceremoniously int he first few minutes of the game with the Spurs racing out to a 14-5 lead.
The Magic were climbing uphill again for most of the night. Orlando fought back time and time again but never could take the lead. San Antonio had the answer each time. A 23-23 game was answered with a 7-0 run. A two-point game in the fourth quarter was answered with nine points.
Execution won out in the end as San Antonio scored a 98-84 win at AT&T Center on Wednesday.
The Magic were game to keep the game tight most of the way. The Spurs never quite put the game away until a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter. The resolve and the activity to stay in the game even when shots were not falling was strong for a young team.no comments