Gregg Popovich credits LaMarcus Aldridge, Kyle Anderson for keeping team afloat early
Although the San Antonio Spurs (12-7) have still not played a single game this season with the services of Kawhi Leonard, they have managed to weather the storm and head into Monday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks as the third seed in the Western Conference.
According to a tweet posted before tonight’s game by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, Spurs legendary head coach Gregg Popovich gave a lot of credit to two players for being able to keep the team afloat in forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson.
Pop named two players most responsible for the Spurs staying afloat through early-season injuries: LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson. Says they have been "stalwarts."
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) November 27, 2017
Aldridge leads the Spurs in scoring with 21.6 points per game, while Anderson has done a very solid job filling in for Leonard in the starting lineup with 9.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and one steal per contest in 19 games.
“He’s very versatile (as a defender). He has great timing to guard guards and he has the size to guard bigs, so he can switch on everybody. And offensively, it’s the same. He creates tough matchups because he can play pick and rolls, he can take people off the dribble,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said of Anderson on Sunday, per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “I have said many times, he is a great player. He is using all these minutes to improve, to help us.”
However, on a night when point guard Tony Parker made his season debut for the Spurs, Popovich was not at the game for very long after he was ejected just midway through the second quarter for two quick technical fouls.