Rapid Reaction: White, Spurs take control early to kick Hawks

Spurs brazen Jaron Blossomgame discusses his play after a Spurs prisoner their initial Utah Summer League win, violence a Atlanta Hawks, 103-81.


Media: Jabari Young



SALT LAKE CITY – Derrick White likely a formula.

After a Spurs mislaid their Utah Summer League opener opposite a Jazz, White blamed a team’s defensive effort. If a Spurs tighten in on that side of a floor, a formula would be in their favor.

“The offense will come (easier) that way,” pronounced White.

He was correct.

The Spurs prisoner their initial win of a summer on Tuesday, violence a Atlanta Hawks 103-81 during Vivint Smart Home Arena.




White finished with a game-high 21 points, while second-round collect Chimezie Metu chipped in with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

The Spurs are now 1-1 in a Utah Summer League.


  • Atlanta Hawks ensure Antonius Cleveland (0) guards San Antonio Spurs ensure Derrick White (4) during a second half of an NBA summer joining basketball diversion Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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The carry-over: Though Spurs partner manager Will Hardy was not tender with a approach a group started in a opener, he did approve of a approach a Spurs finished opposite a Jazz. Hardy felt a bid would lift into Tuesday’s contest.


For a many part, it did for a whole game.

The Spurs got off to a quick start, regulating their invulnerability to fuel a offense. Led by White, a group available 5 blocks in a initial quarter, available 5 fastbreak points, hold a Hawks to 1-of-11 from over a arc in a initial 10 minutes, and finished defensive security to extent second possibility opportunities.

After initial scoring a quarter-high 15 points, White continued to hint things in a second for a Spurs.

White used a screen, gathering to a basket, sucking in a invulnerability before anticipating a wide-open London Perrantes in a dilemma for a 3-pointer. The basket extended a lead to 19. Following an Amida Brimah block, White continued to fondle with a Hawks’ invulnerability this time bursting defender for an easy layup during a during a 5:17 symbol to give a Spurs a 46-25 lead.


The Spurs took a 61-34 lead into halftime led by White who finished a initial half with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, dual blocks and one steal.

A comfortable welcome: Lonnie Walker did not play in Tuesday’s game. Following use days and a diversion on Monday, a Spurs sat him out for rest. The meditative is Walker will be personification a lot this summer, with play changeable to Las Vegas this weekend. The Spurs do not wish to wear out a rookie guard. Walker is approaching to play on Thursday.

The other rookie: There was usually one instruction for Hawks breeze collect Trae Young (drafted fifth altogether in final month’s NBA Draft), and that was up. Young wanted to redeem from a 4-of-20 (1 for 11 from three) sharpened opening opposite a Memphis Grizzlies.

It was another severe start, too.

Young started a diversion 0-of-6 sharpened (0-for-2 from three) before nailing his initial margin idea (a 29-foot 3-pointer) in a second entertain during a 1:43 symbol to cut a Hawks’ necessity to 26. He finished a diversion with 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting, 3 assists and 3 rebounds.

Watchful eye: Coming off a plain tour opposite a Jazz on Monday (three points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals), Jeff Ledbetter would not let his mins go to waste.
Ledbetter, who played with a Austin Spurs final season, was once again annoying on defense, diving for lax balls, and converted open shots.

The Brea, California local scored 11 of his 16 points in a initial half, adding 5 assists and dual steals to his stat line.

Injury report: Perrantes did not lapse to a diversion in a second half after pang from concussion-like symptoms. He finished a diversion with 3 points, dual rebounds and 4 assists. Perrantes’ standing for Thursday’s diversion is unknown.

Up Next: The Spurs will have off on Wednesday and tighten out their army in Utah opposite a Memphis Grizzlies before play shifts to a Las Vegas Summer League.

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