Inconsistent. That best sums up the Spurs 2019-2020 season. Coming off a solid come from behind victory at home against the nets Thursday 118-105, the Spurs were outplayed in every facet of the game Saturday at home in a 134-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers put on a dunking exhibition at the AT&T center on its way to 74 points in the paint, which included 20 dunks. In addition to having their way in the paint, the Clips also pulled in 26 fast break points and an astonishing 36 points off the 18 turnovers the Spurs were forced into.
Despite a chorus of boos during pregame introductions, and basically every time he touched the ball; Kawhi was Kawhi. In his usual efficient way, Leonard gave his former comrades the business with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists on 11-for-16 shooting from the field. It should be noted that he also had 4 steals and only 2 turnovers. Again it’s Kawhi. Oh and he did his work in only three quarters as he and Paul George had the luxury of sitting out the the entire fourth session.
“It’s embarrassing”, says Demar DeRozan who had a team high 24 points; 13 of which came in the opening period. “It’s frustrating, especially when you’re out there trying hard. Definitely frustrating”.
The Spurs have done little to show that they are up to the task of running with the elite teams in this new era of basketball; they are 4-11 against teams that are .500 or better. While the Spurs are still miraculously only one game out of the eighth spot in the West, unless there are roster changes, a deep playoff run is not in the team’s future this season.
Mon, Dec 23 @ Memphis (11-19) 7pm
Thu, Dec 26 @ Dallas (19-9) 7pm (TNT)
Sat, Dec 28 vs Detroit (11-19) 730pm
Tue, Dec 31 vs Golden State (6-24) 6pm