Green, Mills show shooting touch in 113-93 win against Kings

SAN ANTONIO - Guard Danny Green was asked by a reporter Friday night if he was looking for a pay raise after hitting 4 of 7 three-pointers and finishing with 20 points in the Spurs' 113-93 preseason home opener at the AT&T Center. .

"Just looking to get a rhythm, that's all," Green said. "Mostly helping the young guys figure it out. At the same time, our guys that are here, our vets, just trying to find a rhythm. 

Green looked in midseason form on both ends of the court in the Spurs' second preseason game, playing aggressive defense and hitting 8 of 13 shots. Patty Mills nailed 6 of 11 field-goal attempts, including 3 of 8 from beyond the arc, and finished with 15 points and six assists. 

LaMarcus Aldridge (5/10) scored 10 points and was the only other Spur scoring in double figures. 

The Spurs evened their preseason record at 1-1. The Kings (1-1) beat the Silver and Black 106-100 in their opener Monday in Sacramento. San Antonio hosts Denver in its third of five preseason games Sunday at 3 p.m. 

Rudy Gay, who played the previous 3.5 seasons with the Kings before signing with the Spurs this summer, scored four points in his debut with San Antonio. Gay played only 30 games last season before sustaining a season-ending Achilles injury in January.

One of Gay's baskets came on a baseline move that he finished with a dunk. 

"It felt good," Gay said. "Actually, that's the same move that I got hurt doing, trying to do. It just felt good to be out there playing. It was one of those moments like, 'I'm healed.'"

Sacramento coach David Joerger rested all his veterans on Friday night. That group included former Spur George Hill, Vince Carter, and Zach Randolph, who is in his first season with Kings after eight seasons in Memphis.

Veteran guard Manu Ginobili was given the night off by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who said Ginobili will play against Denver on Sunday. Backup guard/forward Kyle Anderson did not play because "he fell awkwardly in practice," said assistant coach Ime Udoka, who coached the team Friday night.  

Spurs coach Popovich watched the game from the stands with assistant coach Ettore Messina, general manager R.C. Buford  and Monty Williams, the franchise's vice president of basketball operations. Popovich did not talk to the media after the game.

One Spurs player who raised some eyebrows was 6-foot-11 forward Joffrey Lauvergne, a Frenchmen who has modeled his crafty play under the basket after former Spur Boris Diaw, a fellow countryman. Lauvergne had a team-high 10 rebounds and added seven poiints and four assists in 17 minutes.

"He's been great," Udoka said. "We obviously know about him. We played against him and he's played with the French national team (with Tony Parker and Diaw). He's been a pleasant surprise. He's a very good passer, propbably than we expected. 

"He does a lot of things well. He mixes in some physicality with pace and roll-and-popping. He's a little bit versatile in that sense."

Friday night's pregame notepad

Spurs-Kings notepad: Manu will sit out preseason home opener

Veteran Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will have the night off on Friday when the Spurs play the Sacramento Kings in their preseason home opener, coach Gregg Popovich said in his session with the media before the game.

Popovich said that Ginobili, who turned 40 in July and is preparing for his 16th season in San Antonio, will play against Denver in another home game on Sunday.

Sacramento coach David Joerger is resting all his veterans on Friday night. That group includes former Spur George Hill, Vince Carter, and Zach Randolph, who is in his first season with Kings after eight seasons in Memphis.

Popovich had nothing new to report on Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who has continued his rehab work for a sore right quadriceps. The team announced last Saturday that Leonard is expected to miss the entire preseason.

“There’s no timetable,” Popovich said Friday when asked if Leonard will sit out the preseason.

The Silver and Black are also without veteran point guard Tony Parker, who is recovering from a quadriceps injury that knocked him out of the playoffs last season.

Pop talks up Carter: Vince Carter, also 40, has played in the NBA for 20 seasons. Born in January 1977, he is the oldest player in the league.

Popovich was asked if he’s surprised that Carter is still playing so well at his age.

“Well, in one sense, yes, and in another sense, no, because he’s taken care of himself so well,” Popovich said. “He’s a real example, like Timmy, like Manu, that you can do things to prolong your career. And he loves the game so much, and he’s done it with such class over and over every year.

Every team he’s on, he helps. His personality, his congeniality with his teammates, his skills on the court. He’s the kind of guy that if he wanted to coach, he’d coach. I just don’t know if that’s something that he’s interested in. He’s a special guy.”

School visit: Popovich and Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray visited Gates Elementary on Wednesday and handed out free shoes to every student enrolled at the school.

The shoes were donated by Shoes That Fit, a national nonprofit organization in Claremont, Calif. Shoes That Fit is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of new athletic shoes to children in need, according to a Spurs press release.

“Your life can’t be all basketball,” Popovich said Friday when he was asked about the visit. “To me, that’s boring. Life goes by pretty quickly, and being able to get out in the community and see the kids at various settings is always a thrill.

“Dejounte was great. You can just imagine 220 little kids getting their new pair of gym shoes. We can all still remember every time we got new gym shoes growing up. We thought we were really cool. These kids were just going crazy getting their new shoes, so it was a lot of fun.”

Joerger likes Gay’s move to Spurs: Sacramento coach Dave Joerger gave the Spurs’ acquisition of former Kings forward Rudy Gay a thumbs up when asked about it before Friday’s game.

“He’s a terrific small-ball player,” Joerger said. “So, the way the league is going, to have guys that are 6-8, 6-9 that can play 2, 3 and 4, and have skills to make plays, be switchable, make open shots and post up in different opportunities, it was a great pick-up for them.”

Gay played 3.5 seasons with Sacramento before he sustained a season-ending Achilles injury in January. He averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 30 games last season.

Joerger also coached Gay when he played for Memphis.

Gay was expected to make his Spurs debut against his former team Friday night.

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