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12. september 2018 kl. 03:29
The San Antonio Spurs know what they have to do to win this season Marshall Newhouse Jersey , and they have a slim margin for error.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points to help the Spurs beat Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers 116-105 on Saturday night.

”It’s been shown in the last month that when we don’t have the aggression and the determination, we’re not winning,” San Antonio veteran Manu Ginobili said. ”Years before, we had enough talent and corporate knowledge to be able to bounce back. Even if we struggled for 40 minutes, we could execute and figure it out because of the way we knew each other. Now, it’s not the same.”

The Spurs (46-34) snapped a two-game losing streak. They have the same record as New Orleans and Oklahoma City, but are sandwiched between the two in sixth place based on tiebreakers. Utah is one-half game ahead of all three in fourth place.

San Antonio, which has been without injured star Kawhi Leonard for all but nine games this season, can clinch a playoff spot with a victory over visiting Sacramento on Monday.

Portland (48-32) dropped its third consecutive game and missed out on an opportunity to secure home-court advantage in the first round. Lillard had 33 points for the Trail Blazers, and Evan Turner finished with 18.

”We knew that we were going to come across teams that are fighting for their playoff lives,” Lillard said. ”No game is going to be easy.”

Former All-Star teammates Aldridge and Lillard dueled on a night when both teams shot well from the field.

Lillard was 11 for 22, including 6 for 12 from beyond the arc. He returned after missing one game with an injured left ankle.

Aldridge made his first five shots, including a left-handed runner he seemed to throw up to rebound against the smaller double-team on him. He finished 13 for 22.

Ginobili gave San Antonio a needed boost Michael Strahan Jersey , scoring 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting.

”I was feeling that type of rush and that type of excitement flow,” Ginobili said.

The 40-year-old Ginobili had back-to-back 3-pointers followed by a right-handed layup against Al-Farouq Aminu to turn a four-point game into a 101-89 lead.

”That’s why he’s a Hall of Famer, he hasn’t really lost a step,” Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum said. ”His shot’s still good. He’s still able to get to that left hand, and even tonight he finished two right-hand shots that are pretty high degree of difficulty, one scoop in the lane and another scoop going out of bounds.”

McCollum finished with 17 points for Portland.

Dejounte Murray finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Turner departed in the final minute with a cut along his right brow caused by an inadvertent blow by Murray on a rebound. . Jusuf Nurkic, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds, received a technical foul with 36.4 seconds left in the first half. Nurkic was yelling at official Curtis Blair for a foul assessed to him on a drive by Murray. … Maurice Harkless missed his seventh straight game with an injured left knee. … Ed Davis missed his fourth straight game due to an injured right ankle.

Spurs: Pau Gasol played in his 1,194th career game, moving past Alex English for 42nd in league history. … Danny Green was assessed his first technical foul of the season with 10:40 remaining in the first half. After missing a layup, Green began jumping and clapping his hands angrily because no foul was called on Meyers Leonard. … The Spurs hold an 84-82 lead against the Trail Blazers in their overall series.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Visit Denver on Monday night.

Spurs: Host Sacramento on Monday night.

STILL GOOD

McCollum said Portland is still in great position.

”We’re good,” McCollum said. ”If you had told me that we have 48 wins and have two games left and a chance to finish in third place, I would have told you I’ll take it. Considering where we’re at Brett Favre Jersey , there’s no excuses for injuries and stuff like that, but I feel like we’re heading in the right direction heading to the playoffs. We should be fully healthy or close to fully healthy and I think that will make a difference.”

The Trail Blazers close the season against Denver and Utah.

NAP POWER

Ginobili has said he plays best when he can take a nap on game day and he made sure to take one Saturday.

”I even slept nine hours last night, so I was very juicy,” Ginobili said.
Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy predictably was a hot topic of discussion when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reported for training camp.

That is, except for the quarterback himself.

The fourth-year pro, who’ll miss the start to a season in which the Bucs are hoping to end a decade-long playoff drought, was not among three players the team made available for interviews Wednesday at One Buccaneer Place.

Instead, Winston and coach Dirk Koetter are scheduled to speak publicly about the suspension for the first time after practice Thursday.

Meanwhile, teammates Lavonte David, Mike Evans and Ali Marpet expressed support for the 24-year-old quarterback, who was disciplined after the league’s investigated an accusation that Winston groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March 2016.

David said Winston Reggie Nelson Jersey , who was drafted No. 1 overall in 2015 despite questions about his behavior in college at Florida State, made a ”silly mistake back in the day” but that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner isn’t a bad person.

”He knows what he’s done. He’s going to learn from it because from whenever it happened to now, he’s matured a lot,” David said, adding Winston is engaged to be married to his long-time girlfriend and recently became a father.

”It happened a long time ago. It was a bad decision by him,” the linebacker, entering his seventh pro season, said. ”I’m 100 percent sure he’s learned from it.”

The NFL concluded Winston violated the league’s personal conduct policy by touching the Uber driver ”in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent.”

The quarterback apologized for the incident in a statement released on Facebook last month, but has not spoken publicly about it since the NFL announced its findings.

During his college career at Florida State, a fellow student said Winston raped her but he was never charged.

The university settled a Title IX lawsuit over its handling of the allegations with Winston’s accuser, Erica Kinsman, in January 2016 for $1.7 million.

Evans said Winston is ”one of my best friends.” And while the receiver added ”obviously I was hurt by” what happened, he reiterated he remains supportive and is confident backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can help the Bucs stay afloat during the suspension.

Tampa Bay has missed the playoffs 10 consecutive season and hasn’t won a postseason game since the club’s 2002 Super Bowl run.

Marpet Breshad Perriman Jersey , an offensive lineman who was part of Winston’s draft class, said he learned of the suspension from the quarterback himself.

”We talked, and his mindset is how can he be the best teammate moving forward. I think he’s doing that. We all support him. We’re one family,” the fourth-year guard said.

”For the first three games, we’ll have a different quarterback,” Marpet added. ”But again, I think we’ll do a really nice job. We believe in Fitzy, and there are a lot of other talented players that can step up.”



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