Jakob Poeltl jokingly blames Marco Belinelli for putting him on Derrick Jones Jr.’s poster
San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl jokingly lay the blame on Marco Belinelli for putting him on Derrick Jones Jr.’s poster.
Per Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, Poeltl said that Belinelli already apologized. The Austrian noted that he’ll forgive him eventually. Derrick White, who saw the play happen, also blamed Belinelli.
Jakob Poeltl on Belinell's role in helping put him on Derrick Jones' poster: “He already apologized. I’ll forgive him, sooner or later.” https://t.co/prBMEMDIYC
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) January 20, 2020
Below is the said play worth several replays. Notice how Jones Jr. came swooping through the lane for the vicious put-back spike on the Spurs. From the looks of it, Belinelli should’ve been the one who boxed him out. Poeltl could’ve easily snagged the rebound. But there seemed to be a miscommunication between the two. The result: a poster and a highlight that’ll be playing on and on.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 19, 2020
The good thing about the Spurs is that they got the victory, 107-102. A total of five Spurs players scored in double digits led by LaMarcus Aldridge who had 21 points. DeMar DeRozan almost had a triple-double with 20 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. Patty Mills added 18 points.
The win marks a successful bounce-back for the Spurs from their 121-120 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. They currently sport an 18-23 record and have split the last 10 games at 5-5. Several of these wins came at the expense of the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and the Heat — all of which are title contenders.
These are all tangible signs that the Spurs still have it, contrary to critics’ claims that the organization — after two decades — is finally a downtrend. Though there’s a ton of season left, these big wins may just give the Spurs that much-needed boost.