San Antonio Spurs drop out 87-58 Summer League opener in Salt Lake City without a Primo

This is hardly a sign of things to come, it was another tough night for the San Antonio Spurs, losing 87-58 to Utah Jazz White in Summer League action. The Jazz’s White team has a color designation because the team has two teams playing in the Summer League.

In a game where a win means very little, the Spurs roster looked like a bunch of guys playing together for the first time. This, of course, was largely the case. Only three players who logged minutes had ever played a game together, and even that was limited to the G League bubble in Orlando last winter.

The Spurs’ first-round pick in last week’s 2021 NBA Draft, Joshua Primo did not speak, meaning more eyes were on second-round pick Joe Wieskamp than he did. would not have been otherwise. Wieskamp struggled on his debut for silver and black, scoring just four points on a 2-8 shot. Perimeter specialist, the Iowa rookie could not find his shot, missing all four attempts at three points.

Undrafted free agent Justin Turner of Bowling Green State University led the Spurs in scoring, registering 13 points and seven rebounds while taking the start. Matt Mitchell came off the bench with 11 points in 19 minutes, shooting 2-3 from deep, shooting 40% from the ground.

As inexperienced as the Spurs team were, the Utah Jazz White team looked seasoned. Led by sophomores Trent Forrest and Udoka Azubuike, the Jazz team moved away from a three-point lead at halftime to win by 29. Forrest alone scored 28 points, shooting an 8-11 (72%) while connecting. 2-3 at a distance. Dominant on the inside, Azubuike took 14 rebounds to go along with eight points, using his 6’10 “advantage over a smaller San Antonio roster.

After starting the game 1-12 from beyond the arc, Utah hit 9-18 (50%) the rest of the game to beat San Antonio from depth 30-12. Led by Azubuike, the Jazz also overtook the Spurs 61-40.

In addition to Primo, Tre Jones and Devin Vassell, both San Antonio’s 2020 picks, didn’t record any minutes either. It’s unclear when they’ll appear in the Summer League, although they shouldn’t expect to play any serious minutes in Salt Lake City.

The Spurs’ next game in Utah is Wednesday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m. CST, when they face Team Jazz Blue on NBA TV. Also playing Tuesday night, the Blues team lost 104-65 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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