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Tony Parker And The Spurs Are Sliding

By Ryan McCallum

Tim Duncan is fantastic. In a very opposite-of-“Wooderson” sense, ‘They’ keep getting older, and ‘he’ stays the same age. This year, perhaps more than in others, the 38 year old is proving to be the model of consistency. He is sixth in blocks, 10th in double-doubles, and 13th in rebounding across the NBA this year. And, he is unfortunately doing it on a bad team. San Antonio lost last night to the Portland Trailblazers, falling to 1-3 in the season series.

Duncan started the game on fire- going five-for-five from the field. Unfortunately, that is all the team had. The rest of the squad was 0-7 until Manu Ginobili with five minutes left in the first quarter. It may have been the worst quarter I’ve ever seen San Antonio play. On the flip side, Portland had a great start, doubling-up the Spurs in the period, scoring 32 points.

That was pretty much how the night unfolded. Portland capitalizing on the opportunities the Spurs were giving them. I’m actually amazed that San Antonio crawled back to lose by only 16 points. Duncan posted his usual 20 points, 8 rebound effort. But last night the Blazers’ Wesley Matthews was exceptional. 31 points, three steals, three rebounds.

Six Blazers were in double figures.

This is four losses in a row for the Spurs. Defense, usually the definition of Spurs-basketball, is the culprit for the slump. San Antonio was in the top five for opponents-points-per-game, allowing only 95.9. This skid find the Spurs giving up 107.5.

The other key has been Tony Parker. He is in the middle of the worst season of his career. At least the worst season that there have been expectations for the point guard. He is posting career lows in points, minutes, and assists. He scored two points in this game. Two points. When do we start looking at Patty Mills stepping into that starting spot and bringing Parker in off the bench?

During a Rodeo-Road-Trip where the team is supposed to come together, these Spurs have gone 2-5, ensuring a losing record on the swing. They have two games left before returning home: Sacramento and Phoenix.

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