The San Antonio Spurs are one game away from closing out a series that should have been over a while ago. They have not won in convincing fashion, but the 3-2 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks is enough for now. But while the Spurs prepare to close the series, there has been one missing factor throughout the first five games.
The Spurs’ bench has been a calling card of San Antonio’s ability to interchange pieces and still produce success. Unfortunately, this series has been been a great example of that theory. Must of the reserves for Gregg Popovich have not been as effective as he would like and will need them to be in the upcoming matchup.
Once considered the league’s best bench, the Spurs only have one consistent spark off the pine which is veteran Manu Ginobili. His team leading series average of 19.6 points per game has been very helpful in big time moments, and he will need to keep that aggressive mindset if the Spurs are to grab a road win in Game 6.
Some disappointing play from Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli has not been highly addressed, but it should be considered as one of the reasons why the Spurs have not been able to easily remove the Mavs from the playoffs. The contributions from these two in the regular season were stellar, and they must find that kind of confidence once again to make San Antonio a clear favorite in the West.
The veterans of San Antonio are no strangers to big playoff games on the road, but they will need an extra boost from their bench on order to move on to the next round.