The San Antonio Spurs suffered a disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings at the AT&T Center after Gregg Popovich was ejected.
The San Antonio Spurs had an opportunity to make some moves in the Western Conference standings after Oklahoma City fell to the Luka Doncic-less Dallas Mavericks at home on Sunday afternoon.
The Spurs were heavy favorites to take care of the Kings after Sacramento had officially been eliminated from the playoff race the day before.
The Kings showed they had plenty of heart in pulling out a win in a game that had 25 lead changes.
San Antonio was forced to charge on without their fearless leader after Gregg Popovich earned two technicals and was subsequently ejected.
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The same referee had made two consecutive egregious calls against the Spurs and Pop understandably became unglued and told the ref that he did not appreciate those missed calls.
You could tell the Spurs missed Pop’s leadership down the stretch as their offense completely stalled in the fourth quarter, and it took the players much longer than usual to figure out they should intentionally foul after a missed bucket late in the game.
LaMarcus Aldridge continued to put up monster numbers with 27 points, 18 rebounds, and 0 turnovers with most of that damage done in the first half.
Rudy Gay was inserted back into the starting lineup to match up with the Kings’ smaller starting group, and he responded with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 9 rebounds.
Derrick White continued to struggle with just 6 points on 3-of-10 shooting as he’s cooled down considerably over the past month.
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The Spurs will remain at the AT&T Center for a game against the Hawks on Tuesday. San Antonio will need to play much better than they have in the past couple of games if they are going to take care of an emerging Atlanta squad.