Spurs burned by turnovers in Sacramento: Three Standout Players

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The San Antonio Spurs’ turnovers were their undoing as they fell 104-99 to the Sacramento Kings (8-6) at the Golden 1 Center on Monday night.

San Antonio opened their three-game road trip with a loss and have lost three of their last four games. The Spurs will play seven of their next ten games away from the friendly confines of the AT&T Center.

Here is what went good and bad for the Spurs, as well as three standout players: DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Davis Bertans.

The Good:
  • The Spurs got Rudy Gay back after he missed three games with a heel injury.
  • San Antonio surprisingly kept Sacramento’s offense in check most of the game until the final quarter of play.
  • DeRozan rebounded from a poor few outings and led the Spurs in scoring on the night.
The Bad:
  • San Antonio couldn’t keep control of the ball to save their lives. The Spurs had several turnovers in the final moments down the stretch and committed a total of 15 with Aldridge and DeRozan combining for eight.
Three Standout Players:

DeMar DeRozan:

DeRozan rebounded from a few poor outings and poured in 23 points on 47 percent shooting to go along with eight assists.

Despite having four turnovers, he did his best to keep the Spurs in the game when Sacramento went on a 7-0 and 10-0 run late in the game.

Rudy Gay:

Gay returned from injury and showed everyone what the team had been missing. He scored 14 points on 50 percent shooting and added nine rebounds on the night.

He worked hard in his return but the Spurs mental mistakes would be their own undoing on this night in California.

Project Spurs illustration/Associated Press

Davis Bertans:

The birthday boy was a massive spark for the Spurs off the bench on a night where their shooting was spotty at times.

Bertans had nine points off the bench, finishing with nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from three-point range. If only two of his three’s treys came a little bit earlier, who knows how the game may have turned out.

UP NEXT:

The Spurs are now 7-5 on the season and will return to the court on Wednesday night when they take on the Phoenix Suns (2-11) at 9:30 pm Central Time from the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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