The San Antonio Spurs are now 2-0 in the preseason after beating the Atlanta Hawks 101-99 thanks to a last second shot by rookie guard Nando De Colo over former Austin Toros guard Squeaky Johnson. The Spurs may have been led by Josh Powell's 14 points but it was De Colo who stole the show.
De Colo showed what he can do with time on the court tonight. He finished with 11 points, two steals, went 4-7 from the field, 1-3 from the three-point line, 2-2 from the free throw line, two rebounds and nine assists in 28 minutes of play.
Aside from knocking down the game-winning shot and showing off some dazzling passes, Nando showed he can play some defense as well as he was hurrying to spots to meet his defender, and used his length to disrupt passing lanes.
The play for the game-winning shot for Nando was actually drawn up by Tony Parker. When asked if it was a similar play used by the French national team De Colo actually said it wasn't but it was a shot he likes to take.
"It was a shot I like a lot," said De Colo.
During team practices, assistant coach Chip Engelland and Nando have been working on Nando's shot and De Colo said it was a shot he and Chip have been working on.
"Yes. I have been working on lots of things. The shot I took, I been working on it a lot during my years with Valencia."
Of course tonight was Nando's first game against an NBA team and he felt great about finally testing his game against NBA caliber players.
"This was good. It's was a lot of one-on-one, everyone shoots well."
What do you have to say Spurs fans about tonight's post game player spotlight on De Colo?