The San Antonio Spurs are on to Flatbush & Atlantic for a face-off against the surging Brooklyn Nets after a blistering loss at Madison Square Garden.
It’s been a journey of peaks and valleys for the San Antonio Spurs. This year’s push to the playoffs was emphasized by shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, but the team has re-emerged from the All-Star Break with the same porous defense that it carried into the break.
Scoring hasn’t been an issue for San Antonio, they’ve totaled 235 points over their last two games. At a certain point in time, 235 points across two consecutive games would guarantee a victory but the defensive intensity of the past has disintegrated.
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This meeting against Brooklyn is quietly important to the team’s playoff seeding. With LeBron James healthy in Los Angeles, Sacramento developing their youth and the Clippers remaining competitive, San Antonio has lost traction in the playoff race. The Nets are a feisty group of rising stars and intelligent veterans. As the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, this team has shown excellent promise under the leadership of All-Star D’Angelo Russell.
Intense commitment to defense is majorly important to the Spurs’ chances in this matchup. Brooklyn runs a swift style of basketball that ensures crisp ball movement and off-ball motion, very similarly to San Antonio. To make a statement and finish the Rodeo Road Trip with a win, the team must hustle after loose balls and surpass the intensity of their opponent.
LaMarcus Aldridge played just 21 minutes against the Knicks, expect him to bounce back at Barclays Center.
If San Antonio can’t break this cold spell soon, the illustrious playoff streak could be in question.