San Antonio Spurs Not Hanging Heads After Loss To Warriors
By Michael Rehome
With their 39-game winning streak coming to a halt, the San Antonio Spurs are not hanging their heads after a 92-86 loss at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
The Warriors have been the talk of the NBA throughout the season. Now even more after tying the Chicago Bulls with their 72nd win of the season. Being overlooked by what they are doing in Golden State, San Antonio is having an historic run of their own.
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Coming into their game with the Warriors on Sunday, there were many headlines leading up to tipoff. Will the Spurs continue their perfection at home? Can the Warriors snap their 33-game losing streak in San Antonio?
Both questions were answered.
As much as the Spurs say they did not want to be the first team to go undefeated at home during the regular season, you have to feel in a way, they did. But after the loss there were no time to hang heads, point fingers, or give the always expression, “What if?” It is about business for the Spurs and Head Coach Gregg Popovich, who despite the loss was really pleased with his team, as he told the media postgame.
“We played a hell of a team, and I thought our aggressiveness, our attention to detail, was much better than [Thursday night’s loss at Golden State],” Popovich said. “They did a lot of good things out there. I’m really happy with how we performed.”
Instead of sitting back and looking at what they could of done better, the team knows they need to go forward and they have one more game to sharpen up before the playoffs start. The Warriors won the season series 3-1 against the Spurs. David West was asked if losing three to Golden State puts a psychological disadvantage on the team.
“It’s a whole different ball game in the playoffs. Hopefully, it will be another two months, or whatever it is, a month and a half, until we see them again. Our job is just to keep improving and prepare ourselves now for a tough first-round matchup against whomever; just keep developing who we are.”
San Antonio came out and kept the game close Sunday. When the Spurs were up by eight, it seemed as if things were going to get out of hand, and they would be cruising to 40-straight. But then Stephen Curry happened, and it is hard to keep a shooter in his state down. Manu Ginobili stated when they played Thursday against the Warriors, the Spurs were not sharp.
“We hadn’t lost one game at home the whole season. It can happen that you lose one against a team that is one of the best teams ever. We can’t start banging our heads against the wall and [saying], ‘Oh, we are terrible.’ It can happen.”
The loss marked the Spurs’ first three-game losing streak of the season. Definitely an unfamiliar feeling for them this season. Rest assured that Popovich and his staff will get the team in the right frame of mind and end the regular season on a high note in preparation for the playoffs.