Official Magic at Spurs Game Thread (7:30)
Orlando (19 - 56)
San Antonio (55 - 19)
By DAN PIERINGER
(AP) -- Even a veteran team like the San Antonio Spurs can be mentally affected by a string of close games featuring several narrow losses. A visit from the Orlando Magic ought to ease the Spurs' minds.
After another late setback, the Spurs look to avoid their first three-game losing streak in two years and strengthen their tenuous hold on first place in the Western Conference as they host the struggling Magic on Wednesday night.
Five straight Spurs games have been decided by two points or fewer, with San Antonio (55-19) losing three of them. Prior to that stretch, the Spurs had gone 4-0 in games decided by two points or fewer this season.
After giving up a layup with 0.6 seconds left in a 92-90 loss at Memphis on Monday, the Spurs weren't sure what to make of their recent penchant for the dramatic.
"It's good if we're learning from it, and we're going to use it to be smarter come playoff time," forward Stephen Jackson said. "But, if we're not learning from it, no. Hopefully, we'll take all these experiences as we get ready to play postseason."
Game-winners against the Spurs by Houston and Miami over the last 11 days came with 4.5 seconds and 1.9 seconds left, respectively.
The close defeats have had consequences, as Oklahoma City has won four of five to cut San Antonio's lead for the best record in the West to one game. Each team has eight games remaining.
Getting healthy might help San Antonio get back on track. The Spurs played without three of their top four scorers Monday.
Manu Ginobili is out for weeks with a strained hamstring, and Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard skipped the trip to Memphis to rest sore knees. Duncan and Leonard could be available Wednesday.
The Spurs, who haven't lost three in a row since a six-game skid March 23-April 1, 2011, have to like their chances of bouncing back against the Magic. They have won five of six in the series with those wins coming by an average of 11.0 points. San Antonio cruised to a 110-89 victory in Orlando on Nov. 28 as seven Spurs scored at least nine points.
San Antonio is 32-5 at home and 23-5 against the East.
Orlando (19-56) has dropped 10 of 11, falling 111-103 at Houston on Monday. The Magic rallied from 25 down to pull within five late in the fourth quarter before losing their eighth straight on the road.
"These guys don't quit," said rookie forward Maurice Harkless, who scored a season-high 28 points. "No one on this team quits."
Magic point guard Jameer Nelson has missed consecutive games with a sprained right ankle, and it is unclear if he will return Wednesday. In two starts in Nelson's place, former Spurs first-round draft pick Beno Udrih has averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 assists.
San Antonio guard Tony Parker has averaged 23.5 points and 8.0 assists while shooting 56.2 percent from the field in his last six games against Orlando.
Spurs get back on track tonight.....I see a big blowout and being able to rest the starters in the 4th in preperation for OKC tomorrow night. Spurs come out focused and ready to handle business early!
By Sports Network — The Sports Network
The San Antonio Spurs will be without guard Tony Parker and forward Kawhi Leonard for Wednesday's tilt against Orlando.
Parker, who is averaging 20.9 points and 7.6 assists per game over 62 contests this season, will miss the action due to a sore left ankle.
Leonard will miss tonight's contest with a sore left knee. He has registered 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest in 10 fewer games than Parker this season.
Read more here: Spurs without Parker, Leonard | NBA Basketball | Bradenton Herald
With that being said.
I see an easy win as they take it out on Orlando - 115-98
not able to watch live, but it seems good ol' fashioned win...
IS TIMMY INJURED OR SOMETHING?????? BOXSCORE SAYS 13 MINUTES!!! :-s :-s :-s
nope... that's all pop played him... but sjax got his foot stepped on in the beginning of the game so they will keep him here in SA to do an MRI tomorrow and will not play in the OKC game. :(
was bad injury??
dang... sjax was getting a little rythm back...
i hope thats cia pop... kept sjax from last game against okc
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