The San Antonio Spurs just finished up a 19-game winning streak, and have won 20 of their last 21 games. They are the class of the NBA, and Gregg Popovich and his squad will be gracing the Target Center with their presence on Tuesday evening in the Mexico City makeup game.
The Spurs will be without Tony Parker after an MRI revealed a sprained facet joint (whatever that means), and I’m not sure it would surprise anyone if Popovich happened to forget to drag some of his other starters and rotation players all the way to the Twin Cities, only to haul them back to Texas for a game in Dallas on Thursday night.
Per news reports that came down yesterday afternoon, Kevin Love should be available for the Wolves tonight after sitting down Saturday night’s game in Orlando due to back spasms. A host of Wolves are out for tonight, and at least a couple of them have all but officially been shut down for the remaining handful of games on the schedule.
In response to the sudden rash of injuries incurred by Rick Adelman’s bunch, Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Wolves are nearing a deal to call-up 2013 Summer League player and training camp invite Othyus Jeffers from the Iowa Energy. Jeffers was a cool story back in October and nearly made the squad, and has torn up the D-League down in Des Moines. Coincidentally, he earned a call-up with none other than the Spurs back in January playing in four games (starting one) and averaging 8.5 minutes per contest with 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
For the Energy this year, Jeffers has averaged 20.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.6 assists, and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 49.1% from the field. He’s been outstanding, and it’s actually a wonder that he hasn’t been picked up on a permanent basis by an NBA squad this season.
It appears that he’ll be getting another look by the Wolves over the last couple weeks of the season, however, and here’s hoping that the 28 year-old can do enough to land a spot with someone going into next season.
Let’s see who the Spurs run out there this evening in Minneapolis, but it should be fun to watch Love back in action, along with what will likely be Jeffers’ regular season Wolves debut. Tip-off is at 7:00 C.T., and we’ll have a recap here following the tilt.