The Spurs go 0-2 versus the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers
The San Antonio Spurs really needed to win both of these match-ups to maintain a comfortable position in the tight Western Conference. However, they took two devastating losses.
On Wednesday night, the Spurs hosted the streaking New Orleans Pelicans. Superstar Anthony Davis has took his game to an unprecedented level since the injury of DeMarcus Cousins. The Spurs held him to 26 points which is good considering Davis’s recent performances.
What hurt the Spurs was LaMarcus Aldridge getting hurt and only being able to play 13 minutes. On top of that, Pau Gasol was already out due to injury. Gregg Popovich got ejected minutes into the second half and the rails fell off after that.
The game really came down to a missed free throw which the Pelicans got the offensive rebound on. This was a crucial loss for the Spurs to say the least.
The Spurs looked to avenge the Pelicans loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. San Antonio went into the game without Aldridge but Gasol was available to play.
Through three quarters, it didn’t look like the Spurs would need Aldridge as they led by 11 after previously obtaining a 17-point lead. The fourth quarter proved that to be false.
The Spurs couldn’t stop a middle school team the way they played defense in the fourth quarter. They let Lakers rookie, Lonzo Ball, catch absolute fire as he went for six 3-pointers.
The Lakers stormed back and stunned the Spurs on their own home court. In my opinion, this was the Spurs worst loss of the season.
Considering the Spurs brutal remaining schedule, these games against lesser opponents are must wins.
Now the Spurs sit in sixth place and face the potential possibility of missing the playoffs.
The Spurs brutal schedule continues
On Monday, the Spurs will host the Memphis Grizzlies in what will be their easiest game of the week. There’s absolute no excuse for the Spurs to lose this one.
After that, it gets tricky as the Spurs travel to Oakland on Thursday night to face the defending champion Golden State Warriors. It seems like the Warriors have flipped the switch after the All-Star break as it hasn’t lost a game. So this will be a tough one for San Antonio.
Saturday night’s prime-time game on ABC features the Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. As of today, the Thunder are tied with the Spurs in the western conference standings.
This will be one of the most important games of the season for San Antonio. It’s a must win if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.