NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
San Antonio 34 23 33 28 118
Portland 31 39 26 31 127
7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CTNaN:� , February 7, 2019
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon  Attendance: 19,393

Spurs' stars will be fresh for Blazers game

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San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers

  1. The Spurs have lost two games in a row, most recently losing to the Warriors, 141-102. It was San Antonio's second loss this season by 39 points (128-89 loss at Minnesota on November 28). The Spurs had just two losses of at least 39 points under Gregg Popovich prior to this season.
  2. Portland lost its most recent game against the Heat, 118-108, but the team has won six of its last eight games overall. Portland has scored at least 105 points in 19 consecutive games -- the only longer such streak in franchise history was a 21-game streak that spanned seasons from March-November, 1987.
  3. Over his last five games, CJ McCollum is averaging 28.4 points and shooting 48.9 percent (23-for-47) from three-point range. McCollum's 23 three-pointers during this stretch are the most he has ever made in any five-game span in his career.
  4. Both DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge were held out of the game against the Warriors last night. Despite the lopsided result, San Antonio has still outscored opponents by 5.5 points per 100 possessions this season when both DeRozan and Aldridge are off the court at the same time. When both players are on the court simultaneously, San Antonio outscores opponents by just 1.1 points per 100 possessions.
  5. Damian Lillard has averaged 26.6 points in 20 career games against the Spurs. Only three players all-time have a higher career scoring average against San Antonio than Lillard: Michael Jordan (32.0), Allen Iverson (28.0) and LeBron James (27.7) (min. 15 games; regular season only).
  6. These teams have split their two games this season with the Spurs winning the most recent matchup, 131-118, on December 2 in San Antonio.

The San Antonio Spurs and the Trail Blazers will both be looking for better results when they square off Thursday night in Portland.

The Spurs have lost the first two games of their current five-game road trip, getting drubbed 141-102 Wednesday night by the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. They will play three more road games after the All-Star break before returning home to face Detroit on Feb. 27.

San Antonio sat out stars LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan for "load management," aka "rest," on Wednesday in the first half of a back-to-back set.

On Thursday, the Spurs still will be without starting point guard Derrick White, who has missed the past two games due to plantar fasciitis in right foot. In the month of January, White averaged 15.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 59.7 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point range.

It's a tough blow for the Spurs, who had already lost the projected starter at the point, Dejounte Murray, for the season with a torn ACL knee injury in the preseason.

"Derrick has been a really important piece on both ends," said Spurs forward Davis Bertans, inserted into the starting lineup in White's absence, with veterans Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli in the starting backcourt against the Warriors. "He has been guarding (the opponent's) better guards or small forwards. We all have to put in a little extra to try to fill that void."

San Antonio had won five in a row before falling 127-112 at Sacramento on Monday. Now they have endured consecutive blowout defeats.

The Spurs will rely heavily Thursday night on Aldridge, the former Trail Blazer who was recently selected for his seventh All-Star Game. Portland forward Meyers Leonard -- who played three seasons with Aldridge -- said work ethic is the key.

"LaMarcus works behind the scenes," Leonard said. "There were times when I'd come in and he'd be in the gym, putting up jumpers and working on his right shoulder fade from the post. I'm like, 'No wonder this guy dominates when he's out there.' He's doing an unbelievable job rebounding this season, and seems to be anchoring their team well. He's just a monster, that's all there is to it."

Leonard noted that the Spurs had a string of 19 straight 50-win seasons (in non-lockout years) until going 47-35 last season under veteran coach Gregg Popovich.

"They have one of the greatest coaches of all time," Leonard said. "They have a system where, you either find a way to fit in or you're not going to be on the floor. They're always a difficult opponent. We have to do a good job of preparing and be ready to go Thursday night."

Portland saw its eight-game home win streak end with a 118-108 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. The Trail Blazers had not played since a 132-105 rout of the visiting Utah Jazz on Jan. 30.

"For whatever reason, we didn't seem to have a lot of pop for most of the game," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of the Tuesday contest. "I don't know if it was the five days off or what, but it seemed pretty obvious that for most of the first three quarters, we just didn't make the energy plays. I'm going to just chalk it up to the five days off and hope we bring it better against the Spurs on Thursday."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 7, 2019

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