T. Duncan (SAS): 17 pts, 16 reb, 2 ast, 4 blk
P. Millsap (ATL): 15 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl, 2 blk
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Both teams were missing key players due to injuries. Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll, and Pero Antic were out for the Hawks and Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Tiago Splitter were sidelined for San Antonio. Both coaches lamented the injuries beforehand, but it appeared like the teams should have been closely matched.
It didn’t work out that way.
San Antonio stormed out to a 27-14 first quarter lead, largely thanks to three threes hit by Patty Mills off the bench in that quarter.
“Coming off the bench,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about Mills, “he really made the spread for us.” Mills finished the game with six threes and 18 points.
Tim Duncan also played a key role defensively in the first quarter, blocking two shots, which doesn’t begin to show his total impact in the quarter. The Hawks shot 6-for-20 from the field, spearheaded by Paul Millsap’s 1-for-6 effort.
Bad things continued to compound for the Hawks, as Jeff Teague left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return and will not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against Milwaukee. Teague had been the team’s only bright spot up to that point, scoring nine points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field.
“It’s tough,” said Kyle Korver on Teague’s injury. “We have to find a way. The teams we’re playing against aren’t going to feel sorry for us.” Continue Reading…