The Philadelphia 76ers came into Monday night’s game looking to break their 24-game losing streak. Unfortunately, the San Antonio Spurs kept the streak alive with a 113-91 victory that sealed their own 14-game winning streak.
Gregg Popovich decided to rest Tony Parker, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter against lesser competition in the 76ers, but that didn’t slow the Spurs’ offense one bit. Many players took advantage of the increased minutes, but none more than reserve Austin Daye.
In a season-high 29 minutes, Daye scored a season-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Daye exhibited his 3-point range by knocking down 6-of-10 three-pointers. He was able to find his spots with in the Spurs’ system and shoot with confidence.
San Antonio acquired Daye from the Toronto Raptors right before the trade deadline in February for guard Nando De Colo. Daye had not been producing very much for in Toronto, so this offensive outburst may have come as a surprise to most. The Spurs had sent Daye to play for their NBDL affiliate Austin Toros recently, but he got his chance to shine against Philadelphia.
Daye could be a great insurance policy for Pop in the upcoming post season. His 6-foot-11 frame and shooting ability will make him a serious threat from deep at all times. The Spurs have legitimate scoring options, but Daye showed that he is very capable of coming off the bench and producing when needed. Just as Gary Neal and Danny Green were the unlikely heroes of last year’s NBA Finals, Daye may be earn the Spurs a win or two in the playoffs.