They seemingly have a software patch they can plug in when they're missing a player or two or - as was the case Tuesday night - two future hall-of-famers and a dark-horse MVP candidate. The Raptors beat the Grizzlies 120-105 in Toronto in November. That sort of two-way brilliance exemplifies Spurs hoops.
Playing on the road without injured Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Pau Gasol, the Spurs completed a season sweep of Toronto.
They just keep rolling though.
The San Antonio Spurs have had a busy couple of weeks.
"We're just trying to hold the fort down and waiting for guys to get healthy and get back", Mills said.
The Raptors have much less rope to play with.
The Spurs led by as many as 13 points in the first half but the game was tied entering the fourth quarter and again with two minutes to play. "Tell me how you are going to win the game like that".
Manu Ginobili, meanwhile, is listed as probable after not playing on Monday night due to back spasms.
Ross put the Raptors back into a one-point lead with a driving layup with 5:19 left but the Spurs immediately moved ahead again on Kyle Anderson's put-back layup. With players returning to the lineup and unused to playing with each other and without DeRozan, the pieces didn't always fit. Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs could have been truly ugly for the Toronto Raptors. Patterson was his old self - hitting well-spaced jumpers, drawing charges, commanding the defence and making the extra pass. San Antonio scored 100 or more points for the 22nd consecutive game. "Staying on the sidelines, watching, being in the training room watching - for me to be finally our there felt good".
To start the year, I would simply build your roster with the simple 6x rule in mine and do the math quickly. He was on a minutes restriction.
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Hatton will be grouped with Johnson and 2014 victor Pablo Larrazabal, who shot a 69 in the third round, in the final round Sunday. But Fleetwood came into the tournament in decent form with 10 top-20 finishes in 12 events stretching back to September.
"You make adjustments, make substitutions, get certain groups on the court, call timeouts, yell and scream and beg and love and be insane and then you win or you lose and then what happens?"
"We made some more shots and we some more plays defensively. He just did a lot of positive things that really gave us some glue that we needed".
In Washington, Bradley Beal scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter as the Wizards extended their home winning streak to 14 games with a 123-108 victory over the Boston Celtics. Former Raptor Vince Carter, who turns 40 on Thursday, is the oldest player in National Basketball Association history to score 20 points in a game as a backup and has 28 games of double-digit scoring off the bench since he turned 39 ... I was really proud of the way they played. "How you come out of this, how you fight against it, how you compete against it - that's the most important thing". However, 3-pointers from Lowry and Patrick Patterson - three of the 10 points he had in the second quarter - cut San Antonio's advantage to 61-54 at halftime.
The Spurs scored the first three points of the second half to lead by 10.
There was a game to be won, without a doubt.
Well, the jury is still out on the defensive impact but Patterson seemed to have the second unit rolling like those good 'ol days when the Raptors were piling up the wins. Both teams had some pretty open shots. "Down the stretch, very honestly, it just went our way".
It also comes down to late-game execution.
A three-ball from Terrence Ross that would have given the home side a lead with 11 seconds remaining rimmed out. Casey still elected to go for a quick two rather than a three.
Powell tried a desperation three, hoping to get fouled. Powell missed a 33-foot running jumper to end Toronto's chances.
The Spurs kept rolling, spare parts and all.