San Antonio -6,5 - Utah +6,5 1,95 Pinnacle
San Antonio ei yleensä pelaa kahta peräkkäistä ottelua heikosti, mutta vaikka vatsataudissa kärsineitä pelaajia saadaan takaisin eivät nämä ole täydessä kunnossa ja minkäänlaista tietoa ei ole onko muilla pelaajilla oireita sillä mukavasti näyttänyt tähän mennessä tarttuneen. En antaisi neljää pistettä enempää Utahille eteen.
Manu Ginobili, Brent Barry and Matt Bonner weren't the only people who were feeling the effects of a stomach virus that's swept through the team in recent days.
Assistant coach Mike Budenholzer also missed Tuesday's game against Milwaukee.
Fabricio Oberto and his wife were sick over the Christmas break. So was Ginobili's wife, Many, athletic trainer Will Sevening and his family and assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo's wife, Carolyn.
Ginobili had stopped by Popovich's house on Christmas and looked fine.
"I want to thank him," said Popovich, who felt a headache coming on before the game, "because I'm probably going to get it pretty soon."
The Spurs hadn't pinpointed a source, but they made sure to disinfect the practice facility and locker room.
"The only answer I got is wives and family should be kept from going to the (family) lounge (at the AT&T Center)," Popovich said. "That's our solution. We're going to fumigate the hell out of it tomorrow."
When it appeared likely that Ginobili, Barry and Bonner weren't going to be available to play against Milwaukee, Spurs officials got on the phone and recalled rookie guard James White from the Austin Toros.
The Toros are on a four-game homestand. They leave for a seven-game trip Jan. 3.
"We're just lucky he was home," Popovich said, "and not somewhere in South Dakota."
In three games for Austin, White averaged 15.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 29.3 minutes.
NBA teams are allowed to assign first- and second-year players to the D-League a total of three times. White was in uniform for the first time Tuesday but didn't play.
Elson hurt: Francisco Elson injured his right shoulder in the first half and was still hurting after the game.
The Spurs weren't sure whether Elson would return after halftime, but he played eight minutes in the third quarter.
Elson said he was hit on the shoulder. Team officials called the injury an impingement, which can occur when the collarbone jams against the rotator cuff.
In the eye of the beholder: Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts laughed Tuesday morning when he heard Popovich had been lamenting the play of his team's defense in previous days.
"It's a different standard," Stotts said. "They're holding people to 90 points and 45 percent shooting. It's a different world.
"Part of your job as a coach is looking to play better and not be complacent. I've been at that end of the spectrum, in Seattle, where we averaged 60 wins over five seasons, and you don't ever want to take things for granted and every loss is a loss you shouldn't have had.
"Every coach in the league has his own problems, his own goals for his team. You can't let down your guard."
Stotts also probably had a better understanding of Popovich's concern after his Bucks lit up the Spurs for 114 points while shooting 56.8 percent.