San Antonio Spurs: 3 takeaways from Game 4 loss vs. Nuggets

Tanya Simon
April 22, 2019

The San Antonio Spurs started out on fire in Game 4 of their first-round series with the Denver Nuggets, taking a double-digit lead in the first quarter.

Beaten in the series opener, the Nuggets rebounded in game two after outscoring the Spurs by 16 points, having trailed by seven entering the final quarter. Answering head coach Michael Malone's challenge to take the fight to the Spurs, the Nuggets erased a 12-point deficit to snap a 14-game losing streak in San Antonio with a 117-103 victory over the Spurs.

Thursday night action in the National Basketball Association playoffs saw the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers take a 2-1 lead in their respective best-of-seven series. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 24 points and nine rebounds, shooting 10-of-18 from the field.

White erupted for a career-high 36 points in Game 3, outplaying the lackluster shooting of the Nuggets backcourt. Craig finished with 18 points, going 5 for 7 on 3-pointers.

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - In hopes of finding a spark to start Game 4, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone decided to make a change to the starting lineup, inserting Torrey Craig at forward for Will Barton. The Spurs, initially, seemed content trading baskets with the Nuggets by scoring early in the shot clock. Jamal Murray overcame an abysmal Game 3. They were really outplayed all night, but stretches of that Nuggets talent and explosive nature kept it close through three quarters. San Antonio jumped out to a 31-22 lead in the first quarter, and then in usual fashion at home controlled the pace of the game after that. "Their physicality was obvious from the get-go".

Blowing a double-digit lead at home can't sit well with the San Antonio Spurs, and the Denver Nuggets have shown more and more flashes of being the team they were throughout the regular season.

"I just don't like for him to be comfortable", Craig said of guarding DeRozan.

This whole series has been about the Spurs and I think we are seeing the difference in coaches thus far. Murray finished with 24 points and six assists.

The seventh-seeded Spurs have made postseason appearances for 22 consecutive seasons and won five championships under Popovich during that span.

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