The Spurs were resting seven different players, including most of their starting lineup, while the Suns were missing Deandre Ayton (sore knee) and Cameron Johnson (sore wrist).
With the win, the Suns now have 50 wins in a season for the first time since 2010 — even better than their cinderella-at-the-ball-but-if-the-glass-slipper-broke-on-the-stairs — with a game to go in a shortened 72-game season.
The Spurs drop to 33-38 on the season, their second straight losing year and the first two losing years in almost two and a half decades. Boo hoo. Gregg Popovich didn’t even coach this one because he’s at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to help induct his best ever player, Tim Duncan. Pop might or might not be back for tomorrow’s game.
Highlights from the game:
- no Suns starter played more than 27 minutes
- no one got hurt
- Jalen Smith got a BLOCK and an alley-oop dunk
- Cameron Payne continued to play at peak levels
- every single active player scored at least one basket
That’s all you need to know about this one, folks!
The Suns finish the regular season tomorrow at 11:00am against these same Spurs, then will wait for the final playoff seeding on Sunday night before they know if they are 1st or 2nd seed, and who’s in the 7th and 8th seeds ahead of a Wednesday night play-in to face the Suns in the first round.
The Spurs are guaranteed to play the 9/10 play-in game on Wednesday night for the right to fight for the 8th and final seed against the 7/8 loser.