5 Players San Antonio Spurs Can’t Guard
San Antonio Spurs: 5 Opponents Who Are Unstoppable
Things have been looking pretty bleak for the San Antonio Spurs lately. The nagging issues of unhealthy players and their current three-game losing streak seem to have sucked the life right out of the team and city.
There is a glimmer of hope that lays in the future for the Spurs. The next seven games of the season will come against teams below .500, starting with the Sacramento Kings. With a record of 15-31, the Kings do not pose much of a threat to any team. In their last meeting, the Spurs exploited the Kings' defense in a 112-104 victory.
The Spurs need to take advantage of the upcoming stretch of games and give themselves some breathing room until some injuries are healed. After facing the weakest opponents in the NBA, the Spurs will have their work cut out for them in the last three months of the regular season. They will have 15 meetings with current playoff contenders including the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.
This is not good news for the Spurs since they have only registered one win against the elite teams in the league. They are 1-11 against the top seven teams in winning percentage and 32-2 against all other teams. San Antonio has not been able to prove their dominance amongst the stronger teams and struggle guarding the best players on those teams.
Despite ranking fifth in the league in opponents points allowed per game, there are just some players that the Spurs do not want to see right now. Let's check out who strikes fear in Gregg Popovich and his group.
5. Stephen Curry
In their last meeting, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry torched the Spurs for 30 points and 15 assists.
4. James Harden
The Spurs are currently 0-3 against the Houston Rockets this season, and their leading scorer, James Harden, is the main reason why. Harden is averaging 29.5 points per game against the San Antonio defense.
3. Damian Lillard
The first time All-Star has been shredding the Spurs "D" all year. In two meetings, Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard is averaging 23 points and eight assists against San Antonio.
2. LeBron James
The reigning league MVP is currently averaging 26.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. LeBron James and the Miami Heat handed the Spurs their first loss in their current three-game losing streak in a 113-101 blowout.
1. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant has just come off a 12-game streak of scoring 30 or more points. The Spurs were part of that stretch when Durant logged 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 111-105 victory over San Antonio.