Unexpected Contributions Lead San Antonio Spurs To Success vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Soobum Im – USA TODAY Sports

There are times when the role players are the ones that steal the spotlight from the established stars and the San Antonio Spurs had one of those nights against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The team led by Gregg Popovich cruised their way to a 104-86 win behind two main things: a strong defense on Kevin Love — who ended with 14 points but made only three of his 14 shots — and some timely offense that was led by the role players. The Spurs’ bench scored 51 points and that was enough to add another W to the column in what has been a very good season for San Antonio so far.

The Spurs didn’t have Manu Ginobili who is still recovering from a hamstring injury. They only had Danny Green through the first quarter, but they didn’t need them as the bench played a prominent role in the win. Matt Bonner finished the game with a season-high 14 points, Marco Belinelli added 13 and Patty Mills scored 10, showing he can keep producing even with an expanded role offensively.

It was an easy game for the Spurs and even though the usual big names like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were pretty consistent — Duncan scored 15 while Parker added 14 and 10 assists — they played limited minutes after building a huge lead. The final minutes of the game featured the depth of the Spurs’ bench and surprisingly, the team didn’t miss a beat. The reserves showed once again they can pick things up right where the starters left them, and that’s a great sign for the team going forward.

Nobody expected the Spurs to lose this one so the win doesn’t come as a shocking result, but it’s always sweeter when the role players are the ones leading the charge. That’s exactly what happened today and San Antonio will surely try to keep the momentum going as the regular season approaches its midway point.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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