Rapid Reaction: Spurs tumble to Jazz in Summer League opener

Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV discusses his Summer League entrance after a Spurs fell to a Utah Jazz on Monday.


Media: Jabari Young



SALT LAKE CITY – The Spurs non-stop their 2018 Summer League in Utah on Monday night with a 92-76 detriment to a Jazz during Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Derrick White led a approach for a Spurs with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while rookie Lonnie Walker IV finished with 7 points and 3 rebounds on a night.
Iowa State product Georges Niang was a star of a night, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-12 sharpened and 4 rebounds for a Jazz.




Coach’s take: Hardy pronounced Monday’s detriment was some-more about a team’s miss of invulnerability than descent struggles. Though a Spurs shot 6-for-25 from over a arc, they authorised a Jazz to fire 45.2 percent and control a play (52-41).

“We kind of only let them leap where they wanted to and get to their spots though many resistance,” pronounced Hardy. “We got kick off a rebound one-on-one a lot. In a fourth quarter, a aggressiveness picked adult on a defensive end, and it got out juices issuing a tiny bit, and afterwards offensively we were means to get some baskets.”


The Spurs did outscore a Jazz 21-13 in a final entertain and chipped divided during a 24-point necessity interjection to improved defense. Hardy is anticipating a bid will lift into Tuesday’s contest.


  • Utah Jazz ensure Jairus Lyles (18) lays a round adult as San Antonio Spurs core Amida Brimah, right, defends during a initial half of an NBA summer joining basketball diversion Monday, Jul 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Tracking White: It was not a best birthday present for White, who incited 24, though he overcame a delayed start in a initial entertain and got into a slit after knocking down a 26-foot 3-pointer to give a Spurs a 17-14 lead. White knows he has a immature light this summer and looked some-more assertive following a delayed start. White converted 3 of 9 from 3 and finished with a team-high 4 turnovers. He knows he has to purify adult a errors, though for a many part, White had a good Summer League opener.


Lonnie’s debut: Walker got a start opposite a Jazz, and it was a bit rough. He started a diversion 0-for-4 before joining on his initial basket in a second quarter, that was assisted by London Perrantes. At times it seemed Walker was perplexing to find his pace, though couldn’t get into a rhythm. He finished a diversion sharpened 3-of-16 from a margin (1-of-6 from three) though mentioned he was still happy with his effort. Walker’s entrance was all about removing a feel for a justice on a new level.

“This is my initial game,” pronounced Walker. “There is unequivocally no other excuse. You’ve got to get a feel for a court.”

Watchful eye: He’s 6-foot-10, 185 pounds and intensely long. Raphiael Putney unequivocally stands out on a court. It stays to be seen how many Spurs partner manager Will Hardy will use Putney this summer, though he positively is intriguing. Hardy pronounced Putney will continue to get an event (finished with 7 points in 14 mins opposite a Jazz), and will be used especially during a 4 spot, though can also see Putney personification a tiny brazen role.

“When he gets out and runs and plays with good pace, he’s a unequivocally good athlete,” pronounced Hardy. “So, we’re perplexing to see him in that 4 mark a tiny bit; only perplexing to see him switch a tiny bit on defense.”

Putney, who will also conduct to Las Vegas on a Spurs roster, played final deteriorate with a Erie Bayhawks and averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Up Next: The Spurs will play Trae Young and Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

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