Friday was not an enjoyable game for the San Antonio Spurs. Traveling to Minneapolis to face Kevin Love’s new contract and the Timberwolves, the Spurs almost improved their road record to 3-6. Almost.
Tied after three quarters, one would think that the 12-7 Spurs would be able to hold off the 8-10 Timberwolves based on experience and the desire to snap their losing streak on the road. Instead, with the score tied in the fourth quarter, the Spurs were unable to stop Ricky Rubio. Rubio scored half of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and also contributed 10 assists to give the ‘Wolves the edge over the Spurs. Minnesota had a lot of offensive contributions besides Rubio; Kevin Love had 18 points and 16 rebounds while Nikola Pekovic added 14 points as well.
The Spurs were led by Tony Parker’s 20 points and Tiago Splitter kept contributing off the bench with 12 points. Tim Duncan was almost useless on the floor, scoring nine points and only pulling down 10 rebounds, significantly less than Monday’s win over the New Orleans Hornets where Duncan scored 28 points. The Spurs were out rebounded by the ‘Wolves 46-34, including 2 to 10 on the offensive glass.
The Timberwolves beat the Spurs earlier in the month and the two victories were the first time since 2000 that the ‘Wolves had beaten the Spurs twice in a row. Perhaps some good news for the Spurs is that they are one of five teams interested in pursuing Kenyon Martin. The addition of Martin would add more depth to the Spurs and provide more toughness on defense, as Tim Duncan has been slacking lately and the Spurs have been getting outrebounded.
With a shortened season, the continuous road losses for the Spurs may play a major factor into their position for the postseason and playoffs. If they can’t find a remedy to their woes on the road, their chances at a playoff run could be shot.
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Written by Chelsea Curto
Chelsea is a college senior who is majoring in art history and minoring in communications. She plans to become a sports broadcaster. She is a former Division 1 athlete who rowed for a year and a half in college. She enjoys any and all sports, especially basketball. She plans to pursue her education in communication at the graduate school level. Follow her on Twitter: @chelseacurto