One scrimmage stands between the San Antonio Spurs and the regular season
After months of deliberation and wondering how things would wrap up, the end is in sight. Just one more scrimmage stands between the San Antonio Spurs and the official resumption of the 2019-20 regular season.
The Spurs came into the bubble juggling how to replace Trey Lyles and LaMarcus Aldridge with questions about which lineups they should explore as they try to prepare for the future while also considering how to best balance the development of their young players with a desire to keep their historic streak of playoff appearances.
It hasn’t been easy. So far the team has swung between exhilarating and frustrating. Highlight reel alley-oops from Derrick White to Dejounte Murray are overshadowed by sloppy turnovers and slow rotations. This team can be something special but they’ve got a lot of hiccups to work out and not a lot of time to do it.
The Spurs lost their first two scrimmages to the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets but things seem to be improving. White and Murray look comfortable playing with one another, White is heating up from downtown, Keldon Johnson continues to thrive, and Bryn Forbes is acclimating to his new role as a gunner off the bench.
These are all encouraging developments but the Spurs will need to continue to make progress if they want to push for the playoffs. The next step is their final scrimmage with the Indiana Pacers. Here are a few things to watch when the two teams take the court tomorrow.