In another dominant showing, the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to 16 over the Denver Nuggets in consecutive meetings. The casual victory for the Spurs birthed a spirited effort from reserve Marco Belinelli, who got the start on Friday night.
The former Chicago Bulls sharpshooter has had a solid season for San Antonio up to this point, but he decided to step it up a notch against the Nuggets’ defense. Belinelli torched Denver for 27 points, his third-highest output of the season. Due to a foot injury sustained by Danny Green, Belinelli was the starting shooting guard for Gregg Popovich, and shoot he did. From behind the arc, he shot an unconscious 66.7 percent and knocked down six 3-point field goals.
Pop and the coaching staff should definitely take the offensive showing by the seventh-year journeyman into consideration. Green has been somewhat disappointing in his production this season in comparison to last season’s breakout numbers. While Green’s 42 percent shooting from deep is not anything to scoff at, his consistency and aggression have seemed faulty at times.
In contrast, Belinelli has been nothing but consistent in his effort and production for the Spurs. With the minutes and opportunity given, he has lifted the team offensively during unhealthy stretches of the year. Another warning flag that the Spurs should take into consideration is the fact that Green is maybe injury-prone or just plain soft.
The bright side is that whomever the coaching staff decides to go with can shoot the lights out and will continue to improve the best team in the NBA.