5 Teams The San Antonio Spurs Struggle With
5 Teams That Cause Trouble For The San Antonio Spurs
After putting the NBA on notice with a six-game winning streak, the San Antonio Spurs were silenced with 109-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers last night. While the top spot in the west still belongs to the defending Western Conference champions, the loss exposed some flaws that may not favor the Spurs in future meetings with certain teams.
In the loss, it was evident that the Spurs' backcourt had trouble containing the Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews. Lillard's 28 points and eight assists came to easily off the screen and roll action which allowed Matthews to shoot 6-of-7 from three-point range. The lack of effort on the defensive end and the minimal production from the top bench in the league led to a team mark of 50 percent shooting from the beyond the arc.
If it weren't for the 29 points of Manu Ginobili, the Spurs' bench production would have totaled 11 points. The fact that the Trail Blazers outrebounded San Antonio on their home-court is a statistic that should resonate deep within Gregg Popovich and his unit.
Nine is the number that resides in the loss column for the Spurs and of those losses, six of them came at the hands of three teams. The other three losses came to playoff contending teams and the majority of the losses came in San Antonio, which does not bode well since the Spurs will more than likely have home-court advantage through the playoffs. If this trend continues, the playoffs may be a dark and dreary place. Let's take a look at five teams that my cause some trouble for the Spurs down the road.
5. Indiana Pacers
The Spurs allowed Paul George to score 28 points in a 111-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers this season.
4. Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have split their season match-ups with the Spurs, but Clippers point-guard Chris Paul missed the last meeting due to injury.
3. Houston Rockets
With two losses to the Houston Rockets this season already, it may be an implication of things to come in the playoffs.