The Spurs snapped an 8-game losing streak; the longest losing streak in the Popovich era, Saturday in New York against the Knicks 111-104. The Spurs never trailed in the game and led by as many as 28 points at one point. There were glimpses that a turnaround was potentially on the horizon.
The optimism was short lived as the Spurs dropped their 7th home game of the young season to the Western Conference leading Los Angeles Lakers (13-2) 114-104.
As in the first game against the purple and gold, the Spurs had no answer for the King. Lebron James was again a bull in the AT&T Center China shop having his way to a 33 point, 14 assist night. Anthony Davis chipped in a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Lakers currently own the best record in the league at 15-2 and are on an 8-game winning streak, winning nine out of their last ten games.
Lamarcus Aldridge had a team high 30 points and DeMar DeRozan added 24 points in the loss.
The Spurs still don’t seem to have found their defensive identity that has carried them during the Popovich era. Defense has always been an institution under Coach Popovich in years past. Not so much this year. The 116.2 points they give up per game are 22nd the NBA. Their defensive rating of 114 is 28th in the league. Not at all what we expect from a Popovich coached team and definitely not good enough to keep the leagues longest playoff streak intact.
There is however a sliver of a silver lining. Despite an atrocious start and no solutions on the horizon, the Spurs are only three games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western conference. If for some reason these guys figure it out, playoffs might not actually be a dream.
The Spurs look to rebound from Monday’s loss this Wednesday as they host the 9-8 Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wed, November 27 vs Minnesota (9-8) 730pm
Fri, November 29 vs LA Clippers (12-5) 7pm
Sun, December 1 @ Detroit (6-11) 4pm
Mon, December 3 vs Houston (11-6) 730pm