The San Antonio Spurs were outlasted by the Phoenix Suns in Wednesday evening’s embarrassing 116-96 loss.
In what was supposed to be an easy victory, the Spurs put up one of their worst efforts in recent history against a struggling Suns team that had lost 14 of the last 15 meetings against San Antonio.
Franchise power forward LaMarcus Aldridge posted his second worst game of the season with just six points on 3-of-12 shooting from the floor. If LA isn’t getting to the free throw line then chances are he’s having a poor game, so it’s not surprising that he finished the night with zero attempts from the line.
Even without Aldridge contributing, San Antonio managed to connect on 19-of-24 shots from the charity stripe with six different players making attempts.
In spite of the loss, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan managed to fill up the stat sheet with 24 points, five boards and four assists in the contest.
DeMar soars in for the SLAM and cuts into the deficit! ✈️ pic.twitter.com/6anlyacUdC
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 15, 2018
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Head coach Gregg Popovich has a lot to figure out before the Spurs take on the Clippers tomorrow evening in Los Angeles. San Antonio couldn’t get it going on either end of the floor as the Suns finished the night shooting 56 percent from the field and 48.4 percent from behind the arc.
Phoenix’s star wing Devin Booker dropped a career-high 12 assists despite being limited to just 5-of-14 from the floor.
It was an all-around terrible effort from San Antonio, but reactions need to be tempered.
Good teams lose games that they shouldn’t constantly in the NBA, especially in the beginning of the year. Tonight around the league, Memphis beat the Bucks in Milwaukee, Orlando spoiled Jimmy Butler‘s 76ers debut, Minnesota upset New Orleans and Dallas blew out the Jazz by 50 points.
Yes, you read that correctly. 50 POINTS!
This was a miserable loss and the team knows it. With that said, there’s still plenty of time to learn from these mistakes and create a winning product by improving chemistry as they work toward reaching mid season form both physically and mentally.
San Antonio gets another shot at winning against the Clips tomorrow.