Rebounds and free throws. Rebounds and free throws. Rebounds and free throws. I offer up my pee-wee basketball coach’s wisdom to the San Antonio Spurs in the midst of their latest loss. “You can’t win this game without rebounds and free throws.” Actually, Coach Easton said “Free throw” more like “Frito,” but you get the point.
The Spurs took 12 free throws in the game tonight, hitting only 66%- not reaching their dismal season average of 76%. Compare that against the John Wall led Wizards who hit 87% from the stripe, where they built a house tonight- 24 free throw attempts in the game, 21 of them makes.
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Click over to the rebounding game. San Antonio gathered 34 boards, down 10 from their average, whereas Washington pulled in 48. Perhaps the Spurs’ 29 three-point attempts where the cause.
Somehow Austin Daye started this game for San Antonio. With the constant lineup changes for the Spurs, 21 on the season for San Antonio, it is no wonder they appear to be having chemistry problems almost midway through the year. This is the worst record through 39 games (23-16) since 1996, before Duncan was drafted.
A positive for the ageless Tim Duncan was hit eclipsing of Karl Malone for fourth place on the career double-doubles list with his 815th.