Spurs regroup and prepare to host Timberwolves
The San Antonio Spurs will look to regain their winning ways when they close a seven-game homestand Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Spurs were blown out at home by Memphis for the second straight game on Monday, falling 133-102 in their most lopsided loss of the season.
Minnesota heads to Texas on the heels of a 100-98 loss at Cleveland on Monday, its eighth consecutive road defeat.
San Antonio had won three straight before running into the red-hot Grizzlies, who also beat the Spurs 129-112 Saturday night.
"Give a lot of credit to Memphis -- they played great both games," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They were just tougher in so many ways than we were ... their physicality on defense, their execution on offense. They sliced us and diced us and deserved the wins."
Memphis' 133 points set a season high for the second straight contest, and its 37 assists also were a season high.
"It had nothing to do with we didn't shoot well, or we did this or we did that -- they kicked our butts and we did not play the basketball we've been playing, for whatever reason," Popovich added. "We'll stick together, we'll go back to work, but those were two very tough losses by a team that really executed well."
Keldon Johnson paced all scorers with 25 points and added 10 rebounds for San Antonio in the loss. DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 and 12 points, respectively and Patty Mills scored 11 for the Spurs.
"We know what's ahead of us and we know we have a lot of work to be a good team," Johnson said. "These are games we definitely wish we could get, and we needed, but it's gone now. We've just got to look forward and put our big boy pants on and go out there and get it done next time."
Minnesota's loss at Cleveland on Monday came after the Timberwolves defeated the Cavaliers 109-104 in the Twin Cities the previous evening.
D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Timberwolves on Monday, and No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Edwards had 13 points in his third start of the year.
"Just got to get better," Edwards said. "We just have to be better."
Naz Reid returned after missing two games with a sprained right wrist and scored 12 points, with Jaylen Nowell adding 12, Jaden McDaniels 11 and Malik Beasley 10.
"I thought we did enough defensively to win that game," Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said. "We didn't turn the ball over (just eight times), and we had a lot of open looks, too, that just didn't fall. On the second night of a back-to-back that hurts."
Karl-Anthony Towns was inactive Monday for the ninth straight game because of COVID-19 while Jarrett Culver has missed the past four games because of a left-ankle sprain.
Minnesota is 2-8 overall in its past 10 contests and plays six of its next seven games on the road.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 2, 2021