5 Takeaways That Show Spurs Aren't Far Off From Contending

Jonah Kubicek
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2. The Spurs' Defense Is Really, Really Good

Focusing on defense after giving up a 40-bomb is not usually an option, but the Spurs have plenty of defensive anchors. We knew that Murray, Poeltl, and Derrick White are some of the best defenders in the league, and they showed it on Monday by combining for five blocks and five steals. 

Keldon Johnson and Doug McDermott aren’t exactly defensive liabilities, but they aren’t All-Defensive candidates either. Both of them had solid games on defense and helped hold Ziaire Williams and Steven Adams to quiet games. 

Jock Landale and Drew Eubanks may fall to the more defensively-challenged side of the spectrum, but even they got their licks in. Jock Landale was a menace, getting a steal and four rebounds in his fairly limited play.

Drew Eubanks looked like a lovechild between Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert in only four minutes of action. He had four rebounds (three offensive boards!) and an insanely clutch block. Frankly, he had no business even being on the court in the fourth quarter, but he made the most of his time out there. Oh, he also scored a tough four points. 

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