A lot of older teams around the NBA have struggled. This condensed season appears to be favoring the younger squads who have youthful energy. However, so far the San Antonio Spurs have been able to avoid struggles — even though their core is older.
Against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, the Spurs cruised to a 104-89 victory. Manu Ginobili was simply fantastic, finishing with 23 points in 23 minutes to go along with four rebounds and two assists. He hit 9-of-10 shots from the field and 5-of-6 shots from three-point land.
The Spurs also got 17 points and 10 rebounds from DeJuan Blair, the team’s young center. Blair has been a surprise thus far this season, averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.
The Jazz, who are now 0-3 on the road this year, were led by Al Jefferson’s 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Can San Antonio keep it up? Well, they did win 61 games last year so perhaps they’ll be able to weather the storm that is this abbreviated regular season.