Magic Johnson 2.0 is with the Spurs (sort of)
The San Antonio Spurs have found their very own Magic Johnson, well at least for one game.
On Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks, Spurs big man Jakob Poeltl bagged a near triple-double of nine points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help San Antonio dominate with a 146-125 victory. Apparently after the contest, the team had a good time calling the Austrian center “Magic Johnson.”
Spurs had good time calling Jakob "Magic Johnson" after his career-high 8 assists vs. Bucks:
"We were joking around in the locker room about it," Jakob said. "It was pretty funny. I enjoyed it. I was close to getting to the 10 assist mark, but I guess I got to work on it."
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) May 12, 2021
For what it’s worth, the Spurs could certainly use a “Magic Johnson” on the roster right now. After all, they need to win at least two of their last four games to qualify for the play-in tournament–one which will feature the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, and most probably the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jakob Poeltl is averaging 8.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 62.3 percent from the field. However, for the Spurs to truly compete at a high level, he will need to play like he did on Monday and impact other areas of the floor as well.
Gregg Popovich is a coaching genius, and he definitely knows how to win. Nonetheless, it is up to the players to perform on the court and execute his game plan properly. DeMar DeRozan continues to lead the team in scoring with 22.8 a night, while Rudy Gay is behind him at 19.0 points per game.
The Spurs play the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns twice in their last four, which is undoubtedly a massive challenge considering all are playoff teams that are currently surging.
Time for some Magic?