All good things must come to an end, and that is exactly what the San Antonio Spurs encountered on Friday night. The Spurs’ three game winning streak and Rodeo road trip both ended in a messy score of 85-106 to the hapless Phoenix Suns.
The loss completed a two-week journey that encompassed nine road games and more than 8,000 miles of traveling. And the result looked exactly like it sounded, which was exhausting and sloppy. The numbers never lie and it was apparent by the Spurs’ disappointing 2-of-21 shooting from distance. From inside the arc, San Antonio posted a horrible .349 field goal shooting percentage to go with their 18 turnovers on the night. Danny Green led all Spurs personnel with 15 points in 30 minutes.
The spark plug off the bench that is Patty Mills was diffused by the Suns’ defense, only contributing four points from 14 attempts. Mills cooled off noticeably, as he had broken the double-digit scoring mark eight times in the last 10 games.
Whether the culprit for their lack of offensive production was fatigue or complacency, there is no excuse for the difficulties to affect defensive effort. This seemed to be the case, since the Suns were able to convert more than half of their 82 shot attempts as a team. The Spurs’ defense had no answer for the Suns’ third year reserve Markieff Morris, who led all scorers with 21 points.
It was clear that the Spurs were only present physically, as the lack of focus and mental fortitude led to a defeat at the hands of a lesser opponent.
On a more positive note, the Spurs finished their road trip with a winning record of 6-3. Another bright side will be the four days of rest between now and their home game against the Detroit Pistons.
The loss was in no way a reflection of the direction the Spurs are heading, and they can just chalk it up to an off night.