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Revisiting 3 major concerns from opening night

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2. Lackluster hustle play

One area of the game that the Spurs were beaten soundly in was in transition. The Hornets racked up 15 transition points for the night, and overall dominated the Spurs in total hustle opportunities.

Charlotte's Nick Richards was one of their main catalysts in achieving this. He put up a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, frequently beating the Spurs on the boards for easy putbacks and burning them in transition.

This was one of the more surprising developments of the evening. Teams coached by Gregg Popovich generally don't lack hustle or discipline. Luckily, the Spurs have turned over a new leaf since the sad performance on opening night.

Jakob Poeltl is second in the league with 46 offensive rebounds, which is for sure a hustle stat. The Spurs hover around the league average with 13.7 transition points per game, which is not great but much better than expected. The Spurs even added a "hustle player" in Charles Bassey, who is helping the Spurs improve.