The San Antonio Spurs found themselves in the losing end of a game for the first this time season. After two consecutive victories, the Spurs celebrated Tim Duncan’s return against the Portland Trail Blazers, but his presence wasn’t enough as they were defeated 115-105.
The Spurs need to tighten things up defensively as they already had some issues against the Los Angeles Lakers in their previous game. They allowed too many points inside the paint and were out-rebounded by the Blazers, but that doesn’t mean they should get into panic mode following the loss.
Portland played admirably on offense as they had several performances worth noticing, but no one made a bigger impact than Nicolas Batum. The Frenchman led the Blazers with a triple-double as he ended up with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge all scored 20 or more points for Portland in a magnificent offensive spectacle.
The Spurs weren’t able to solve Portland’s defensive puzzle, and that’s something they will need to improve if they want to continue being successful. Despite the fact that they shot 50 percent from both the field and beyond the arc, San Antonio made only 62 percent of their attempts from the free throw line in what proved to be the difference-maker.
Nobody likes to lose, but the Spurs shouldn’t panic about their first loss of the year because they will find themselves winning more games than losing with the way they played.