The San Antonio Spurs suffered a beatdown at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night, losing 123-83 as they squared off against the former face of their franchise, Kawhi Leonard. There were several winners and losers in this devastating loss, so let's take a closer look at the game.
Winner: Tre Jones
Only two Spurs finished the game with a neutral or positive plus-minus in this loss: Charles Bassey (+9) and Tre Jones (+0). While breaking even might not be eye-catching, it stands in stark contrast to what the starters were able to do. The offense had a better flow and motion whenever Jones was on the court. Despite a rough shooting night from the fourth-year point guard, he finished with four assists and a steal.
With how smooth the offense looks when Jones is on the floor compared to when he is on the bench, Gregg Popovich and his coaching staff must make a tough decision. Does the team want to focus on the long-term development of Sochan and continue this point guard experiment? Or do they want to be competitive and win games? The first few weeks of the season will be telling.