San Antonio Spurs Need a Blessing from the Basketball Gods
Barring a miracle or a blessing from the basketball Gods, the 2019-2020 season is basically a wash for the Spurs. Playing without starting center Jakob Poeltl (sprained right MCL) and starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (right shoulder strain), the Spurs dropped another home game 116-111 Monday night against the Indiana Pacers.
The Spurs were led by Patty Mills’ 24 points off the bench including 6-11 from 3pt range. Trey Lyles added 20 points for the second consecutive game. The Spurs bench outscored the Pacers bench 53-30, but coupled with a lack of production from the starting five it proved to be not enough. Demar DeRozan, who leads the team in scoring and assists (22.6 points and 5.3 assists) had only 10 points in 38 minutes of action.
After going a dismal 2-6 on this year’s Rodeo Road trip, the AT&T Center hasn’t provided the team any solace. The Spurs are 1-3 at home since their return losing to Dallas last Wednesday and Indiana Monday. The Spurs did pull out a one point victory 114-113 Saturday against Orlando.
Monday’s loss to Indiana and Memphis’ win Monday 127-88 in Atlanta, puts the Spurs a full four games behind the Grizzlies who occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western conference. Sitting in the twelfth spot in the West with only 23 games left in the season, the Spurs have only a 2% chance of making the playoffs (FiveThirtyEight.com). Unless the Spurs can put together a significant string of wins, this season is over and missing the playoffs for the first time in 23 years is a foregone conclusion.
The Spurs look to rebound tomorrow night in Charlotte against the Hornets.
Drew Eubanks became the first player on a two-way contract to start for the Spurs. Eubanks had 3 points and two rebounds in place of Jakob Poeltl in Monday’s loss to Indiana.
There is no timetable set for starting center Jokob Poeltl’s return after suffering a sprained right MCL in the first quarter of Saturday’s win against Orlando.
Starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge looks to return to the lineup Friday in Brooklyn versus the Nets after missing his third straight game Monday night due to a right shoulder strain.
Tue, Mar 3 @ Charlotte (21-39) 6pm
Fri, Mar 6 @ Brooklyn (26-33) 630pm
Sun, Mar 8 @ Cleveland (17-44) 630pm
Tue, Mar 10 vs Dallas (37-25) 7pm TNT