I’m a parent whose kid has just lied to him for the first time. I’m not mad, just disappointed.
The Spurs have disappointed me. Greatly. The loss to New York should be considered unacceptable to this year’s Spurs team; A team that is supposedly clawing their way up the Western Conference standings.
But, maybe I should temper my disgust.
The Spurs have won only 44% of their games against the Knicks since 2001, so this shouldn’t be surprising. But it continues a trend of losing in overtime. Even worse was the fact that this game was against the lowly Knicks, and San Antonio failed to put them away.
Despite playing some excellent basketball against Minnesota in their last game, the Spurs found a way to lay an egg against the Knicks. They looked sluggish. They looked disoriented.
To further my negativity, the Spurs are a bad road team this year, after being the league’s best a season ago. Following this loss they are 16-17 on the road. Now they are back to seventh in the Western Conference Playoff standings, and they are going to have to win on the road.
Even though the Knicks managed to send the game to OT, San Antonio was favored to pull away. Instead Tony Parker scored the only field goal in the period. The Spurs managed only four points in total.
Some may point to Manu Ginobili’s injury, keeping him out of this game, as the difference maker in the Spurs’ loss, but I won’t. The duo of Marco Belinelli and Danny Green scored a combined 28 points- more than enough to hold serve. Even so, the Spurs’ stars in Parker and Tim Duncan are enough to put away a Carmelo-less New York squad. No, this is a loss laid at the feet of the backcourt. 17 assists for the game- led by Parker’s six. The ball movement was slow, sloppy, and earned them a loss. San Antonio will not win ball games with 17 assists, and posting 11 turnovers.
Coach Gregg Popovich said it best post game, “We didn’t respect the game, we didn’t respect our opponent,” said Popovich, whose Spurs led by as much as 13 in the third quarter. “It was a pathetic performance and I hope that every player is embarrassed. Not because ‘we are supposed to win the game’ but it is about how you play the game.”
Let’s just leave it at that.