The NBA playoffs are upon us! The first round schedule was released just yesterday. While the Western Conference has been set, other matchups were still being finalized throughout the week.
The San Antonio Spurs played their regular season finale last night and had a disappointing loss in Utah. Even though last night’s game against the Jazz meant very little for the Spurs, it meant a lot for the Jazz. Here’s a quick recap in case you missed last night’s game.
While these teams have a couple of the league’s best defenses, the Jazz played harder last night. The Jazz scored four 3-pointers in the first quarter alone. In the second quarter, Coach Pop started LaMarcus Aldridge, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons, and David Lee. The Spurs have said that these last regular season games would be used for executing game plans they will be using in the playoffs. Staggering the perimeter defense of Leonard and Green and the scoring of Leonard and Aldridge could be a new tactic for what’s to come. The Spurs struggled with turnovers in the first half and were down 53-46 at the half.
In the third quarter, Tony Parker came in aggressive – knifing into the lane for a vintage layup, nailing a jumper, and knocking in a pair of free throws after being fouled on another drive. Towards the end of the third quarter, Pau Gasol made his record 20,000th career point. Only 43 other players have achieved that record. In the fourth quarter, Kyle Anderson tied the game at 88 points. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 18 points, while Aldridge and Parker both brought in 12 points throughout the night. The game picked up its pace within the last 5 minutes, but the Jazz were throwing deep balls and closed the regular season with a 101-97 victory.
Although the Spurs fell behind during these last couple of games, they’ve been playing sharp this season. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest accomplishments from the 2016-17 regular season.
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The Spurs will host the Memphis Grizzlies for Game 1 this Saturday night at 7 p.m at the AT&T Center.
Although it feels like the NBA Finals are right around the corner, there are a lot of games left to look forward to. Make sure you get your tickets now with the best seats to catch all the action.