Despite the rash of recent injuries affecting the SanAntonio Spurs, at least one major play, Joffrey Lauvergne, seems ready to suit up again. Benched for 10 games due to an ankle injury, following the Spurs' impressive win against the Chicago Bulls, it seems that things are starting to fall into place for the team.
Despite being rumored to return this past Friday, it seems the player was just fully recovered and needed more time on the bench. Having missed nine games at this point, the player is pining to get back into the game and show the fans what they've been missing. Prior to his injury, Lauvergne was averaging six points and 5.3 rebounds during his 15.7 minutes of play time, making him a serious competitor for sure. Although there is no official date for when he will return, the head coach, Gregg Popovich, asserts he should be back any day now.
Given that there are several members of the Spurs with far more serious injuries, everyone is hoping Lauvergne is ready to get back to the game sooner rather than later. Indeed, despite an impressive game or two without their full team present, it is doubtful that the Spurs can continue to pull off such impressive games without their full line-up.
Even though they are holding their own, fans are excited to see how the team will be affected by Lauvergne's return.
Matt Costello is officially in the NBA. Off to an amazing start, the former Bay City Western/Michigan State University player made his debut on the San Antonio Spurs this past Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. Signing a two-way contract allowing him to be both in the NBA club as well as an NBA G-League affiliate, the 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward made his debut on the Spurs after just four games.
Although Costello is clearly a worthy player, it was the absence of three regular starters that left room for his debut. Playing for just over 10 ½ minutes (10:34), Costello scored on his only field goal attempt, earning himself two points. In addition, he also made a total of five rebounds, two blocks and three fouls, all during this 10-minute time span.
An all-time leading scorer and rebounder from his days at Bay City Western, Costello earned the Mr. Basketball Award in 2012 and was recognized as the top high school player in Michigan. He also went four seasons with Michigan State, helping them to reach the Final Four while also setting a record for most blocked shots in the program.
It looks like the season is off to an amazing start for the San Antonio Spurs. Scoring an impressive 133-94 victory over the Bulls, the Spurs have proven they have already stretched far beyond their growing pains as a team. Moreover, many of the star players were actually missing during this game as Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Joffrey Lauvergne and Derrick White are all missing due to injuries and other complications.
With Bryn Forbes, Kyle Anderson, and Brandon Paul being tasked with taking on larger roles, the team churned out an impressive victory despite some serious shortcomings. If nothing else, many assert this as a sign of big things to come for this team.
Led by Pau Gasol, who scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds, the Spurs' Dejounte Murray scored 17 points while David Bertans scored 16 points in just 18 minutes of game time. After losing rookie Lauri Markkanen to a sprained ankle injury, Chicago was at a disadvantage. Nevertheless, the Spurs were at a much bigger disadvantage, which makes this win especially impressive. Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul also each scored 15 points, thus sealing the fate of the Bulls.
Beginning the game with a 30-8 lead, there were few who doubted the Spurs would seal this victory. With the Bulls shooting at a mere 35 percent, this was certainly not a notable game for the opposing team.
Though he was the talk of the team just a few weeks back, many have begun to question what exactly is going on with Dejounte Murray. Beginning the season with an amazing 4-0 start as point guard, it was clear that Murray had something to prove. Although he showed promise by powering through to the basket, his real power lies in his huge size and defensive skill set. However, as of November 10th, Murray played just nine minutes, a season low, against the Milwaukee Bucks. What's going on?
Well, despite the fact that he had been having an impressive season and did earn double-digit points in three of them, he didn't seem to stop them from slipping into a small losing streak. Following the third game of this streak, Murray was removed as a starter of the team.
However, since making this move, the team is officially 3-2, which includes a two-game winning streak. Averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds on 50 percent shooting against the Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns, many assert that with Murray's age and potential, he will likely bounce back in no time.