After 19 days and 8,056 miles, the Spurs have reached the final stop on their nine-game rodeo road trip before a return to South Texas for a long stay everyone in the traveling party eagerly anticipates.
Intent on returning to San Antonio with a victory that will prevent what would be only their second losing streak of a season that has them with the best record in the NBA, the Spurs’ focus is on renewing the crisp execution that produced their most artful victory of the season one night before suffering one of their worst shooting performances.
To get a win over the Phoenix Suns, they will have to overcome the absence of their leading scorer. Point guard Tony Parker has been scratched with a right triceps contusion.
Parker suffered the injury in one of his finest performances of a season that has made him an MVP candidate: a 31-point, seven-assist, zero-turnover outing Thursday against the Clippers’ All-NBA point guard, Chris Paul.
After struggling in a 107-101 overtime loss to the Warriors on Friday, Parker gave no indication he had been playing hurt. Rather, he said he was focused on tonight’s game, on which he placed added importance following the team’s first loss in six games.
“We definitely need to move forward, forget (Friday’s game) and refocus because we want to get this game in Phoenix and finish the road trip on a good note,” he said in front of his locker at Oracle Arena with both feet in ice water, both knees sheathed in ice wraps.
“Golden State is a tough place to play, and we went to overtime in the second game of a back-to-back, and we lost it, so now we have to finish on a good note in Phoenix and finally get back home.”
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