The basketball game that took place at the Barclays Center on Thursday night may have been mistaken for a UFC pay-per-view event or even a boxing match. And the result was just as ugly as the injuries sustained for the San Antonio Spurs, who would take a 103-89 beating to the hosting Brooklyn Nets.
The list of players out for the Spurs sounded like the starting lineup for most other NBA teams. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw all sat for Gregg Popovich in the third game of the “Rodeo” road trip. Filling in for the offensive chasm was Nando De Colo, who saw 27 minutes of court time and finished with 11 points. But it was not the amount of time that he played that was the topic of conversation for the second-year man, but it was the broken nose suffered at the hand of Nets’ forward Andrei Kirilenko. The blow forced De Colo to leave the game and return with a protective mask.
If the De Colo injury wasn’t bad enough, Matt Bonner received a shoulder to his already broken nose and had to be removed from the game to check on the injury. San Antonio was led by Corey Joseph and his 18 points.
On a positive note, Danny Green seemed to have healed just fine from the broken hand as he finished with 17 points. Green knocked down 3-of-4 three-point field goals and added eight rebounds. Patty Mills was once again the firecracker off the bench, tallying 16 points in 23 minutes.
The Spurs were never in control of this game even though the Nets did not grab their first lead until late in the second quarter. There just was not enough talent on the floor for San Antonio to put together a whole game. If it was possible to receive a TKO in basketball, the referee would have called the game early and saved the Spurs the embarrassment. Pop and the boys have no choice but to ice their wounds and hope they can finish the road trip with their team fully intact.