How injuries affected the Spurs last season?

By Martin Oloyede

Mar 15, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard

Manu Ginobili

(20) grabs his leg after being injured during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries played a part this past season for the San Antonio Spurs and it may have hurt them in the post season as well. When the 2014 season started, the Spurs were without key players such as Patty Mills, Tiago Splitter and even Kawhi Leonard had to sit out for many weeks on two separate occasions. The Spurs can be a strong team when they are all healthy and many teams know for a fact that the Spurs are nothing to play with when they are all in uniform.

With less injuries on any team can establish a very good chemistry, especially with the fact that everyone will be familiar with each other’s game. The Spurs have demonstrated this for a long time and even last years in the playoffs, almost all of the players on the roster were healthy. It was a lot harder this year to see players like Tony Parker and Splitter playing with injuries. They fought hard to play with their injuries because they wanted to help the team defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs, but went down fighting in game 7.

If you can’t physically give it your all due to injuries will definitely cause a discomfort towards your game and the role you usually contribute for your team. It’s so hard to watch this take place during game nights. The Spurs had players that were hurt in the middle of the season. This probably messed up chemistry between the starters to the third string players that are use to playing earlier in the games, since they only see playing time at least a minute left in the fourth quarter.

At the end of the day, a new season will begin and the players will know what they need to do in order to stay in shape and also healthy. Hopefully this year can be a healthy free year for the Spurs and also a time to stay focus in order to make another championship run for number six.