After losing by 36 points to the Orlando Magic, the San Antonio Spurs came in to the game versus the Miami Heat with lots of room for improvement.
The Spurs did keep things competitive, at least initially, but struggled defensively. The shot selection as a team was also, as the Spurs lost to Heat, 107 -89.
The Heat were led by rookie guard Tyler Herro with 18 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Spurs' Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Here are three things to note from the Spurs' preseason road-opener.
The starting lineup for opening night is likely set
Obviously, lineups are subject to change between now and opening night, as DeMar DeRozan made his preseason debut starting at small forward for the Spurs.
The other starters were the usual suspects for the Spurs, as LaMarcus Aldridge, Jakob Poetl and Bryn Forbes joined Dejounte Murray. Murray, again, started at point guard, as he continued to look impressive on the defensive end of the court. It appears that players such as Rudy Gay, DeMarre Carroll, and Derrick White will come off the bench to start the regular season.
Patty Mills will still be part of the main rotation
In his first game action after starring for Team Australia at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Patty Mills was one of the first players off the bench.
Mills finished the game with 8 points, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Jakob Poetl has improved from last season
Poetl is entering his second season as the Spurs starting center. Poeltl had a solid first season with the Spurs, but like most new comers, he had his ups-and-downs.
Going against the young and talented Bam Adebayo, Poetl more than held his own. Poetl finished with 8 points, 1 assist, and 5 rebounds.
Although the Spurs lost by 18 points, we must remember, it is only game two of preseason play.
Integrating new rotation pieces such as Carroll and the return of Murray will be a process. Players will need to get used to playing with certain players that were not there last season. When it comes to the NBA preseason, patience is the name of the game.
What do you think Spurs fans, are you concerned? What would you like to see for game three?