The San Antonio Spurs have a way of making the game so simple. Injuries kept Spurs all-stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili on the bench for their game Wednesday night, Feb. 6, against the Timberwolves at Target Center. No need to worry. All Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did was tell point guard Tony Parker to penetrate more, and whenever the lane was clogged, dish the ball off to shooting guard Danny Green. And Green spent most of the night shooting it. Parker's ball-handling disrupted the Wolves' defense, opening the door for Green to make eight of the Spurs' 10 three-pointers en route to a methodical 104-94 victory over the Wolves and their 11th straight win. Things never seem to be that simple for the Wolves (18-28), who lost for the 13th time in 15 games and had coach Rick Adelman moaning about mental mistakes, particularly on the defensive end. "We knew what they were going to do," Adelman said of the Spurs. "They did a good job of executing. They win a lot of games because of the way they play. There's a reason they have the best record in the league." While the Spurs (39-11) had no difficulty adjusting without Duncan and Ginobili, the Wolves have not fared well all season without key players. Forward Andrei Kirilenko (strained right quad) was forced to sit out Wednesday's game, and he might not be available for Friday's game against New York at Target Center.
Spurs use simple formula to win
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Feb 7