The San Antonio Spurs couldn’t hang with the hot shooting Phoenix Suns as they fell 104-84 at the AT&T Center on Tuesday night. Phoenix blistered the nets shooting 41 for 78 from the floor (52.6 percent), including 11 for 21 from beyond the arc (52.4 percent).
Markieff Morris and T.J. Warren led the way for the Suns as they improved to 3-2 on the preseason. Morris had 17 points on 6 for 9 shooting from the floor, including a perfect 3 for 3 from 3-point land to go along with five rebounds and four assists while Warren totaled 15 points on 50 percent shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe provided solid contributions as well. Knight registered 10 points, seven assists and two steals while Bledsoe managed 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
Sonny Weems and Mirza Teletovic also made their presence felt off the bench. Weems had 12 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from distance while Teletovic added nine points on the strength of a 3 for 6 shooting night from 3-point range.
Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan paced the Spurs as they fell to 1-4 in the preseason. Leonard had 14 points on 5 for 12 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and two steals, but also recorded a game-high six turnovers. Duncan had 10 points on 5 for 8 shooting with five rebounds.
David West and LaMarcus Aldridge also gave they Spurs some nice minutes in the post. West had 10 points on 4 for 6 shooting from the floor with four rebounds, two steals and a block while Aldridge had nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
San Antonio shortened its rotation down to 12 in the second-to-last preseason game and Jimmer Fredette wasn’t part of it for the second game in a row and the third time in five games.
Some of his main competition saw minutes with varying results. Ray McCallum came off the bench to play 17 minutes and totaled eight points on 4 for 9 shooting from the floor with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and a turnover.
Reggie Williams (one of the main competitors for the final roster spot) had eight points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, including 1 for 3 from beyond the arc and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line to go along with three rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes.
Kyle Anderson registered five points on 2 for 7 shooting from the floor with three rebounds, two assists and a block in 24 minutes while Jonathon Simmons had four points on 2 for 5 shooting with one board and two turnovers in 20 minutes.
Like Fredette, Rasual Butler and Keifer Sykes did not make an appearance in the loss.
There is just one preseason game left for Fredette to show the Spurs what he can do in game action before the roster needs to be cut down. That comes on Friday night when the Houston Rockets come to town.
Update: It turns out that his one last chance to impress the Spurs coaching staff won’t happen. While the move isn’t official, news broke just minutes ago from Yahoo!Sports that Fredette will be waived by San Antonio today.
This comes as no shock when you look at the Spurs roster and who has been getting the preseason minutes. Jimmer played just 26 minutes of garbage time over two games while his competition saw much more action. On top of that, he didn’t shoot it well when he was on the floor making just two field goals.