The San Antonio Spurs had a hard time finding their rhythm in Monday afternoon’s 102-99 loss to the league-worst Atlanta Hawks.
The Atlanta Hawks are not a good basketball team. Their 11-31 record going into Monday’s game against San Antonio was good for last place in the entire league. On Monday afternoon, however, the Spurs were worse. Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay sat out again for injury management reasons, and Manu Ginobili left the game with an injury in the second quarter. The remaining cast couldn’t get it done, ultimately falling to the Hawks 102-99.
The Spurs looked good to start the game, jumping out to an 18-4 lead as the Hawks struggled to score and contain the Silver and Black. The tides turned quickly, though, and the Spurs managed to blow the lead that same quarter, finishing the period with only a two-point lead at 23-21. The game was much more tightly contested from the second quarter onward; both teams appeared to be evenly matched for much of the rest of the game. Ginobili left the game in the second quarter with what was later declared a quad contusion after taking a knee from his former teammate, Dewayne Dedmon.
The Spurs struggled to contain Dennis Schroder and Ersan Ilyasova for most of the contest. After tying the game at 89-89 in the fourth quarter following free throws by LaMarcus Aldridge and a jumpshot from Pau Gasol, Schroder and Dedmon took over, scoring all 13 of the Hawks final points to close out the game.
Aldridge led San Antonio with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the loss, and Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson added 13 each, but the Spurs were out-rebounded by the Hawks 50-37 and gave up 16 fast break points in the loss. For the Hawks, Schroder led the way with 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Ilyasova scored 20. The loss droped the Spurs to 29-16 on the season.
The Spurs will try to get things turned around Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets. Gametime is 6:30 p.m. CST.