The San Antonio Spurs aren't playing like a bad team, but you wouldn't know that from their record.
After dropping another game in Los Angeles -- this time to the LA Clippers -- San Antonio is already six games below .500 at 4-10. Perhaps more frustrating than the fact they keep losing close games is the fact that many of the mistakes being made by both Coach Popovich and the players don't seem to be getting addressed.
From the lack of in-game adjustments to certain guys committing the same mistakes over and over, here are some things I noticed as correctable issues that keep being ignored.
1. Horrific Scoring Droughts
I'm pretty sure there have only been two full games in which the Spurs didn't go on a painful scoring drought that either caused their lead to disappear or led to a blowout loss. On Tuesday, that came in the second half of the third quarter.
With 5:49 left until the final frame, a Thaddeus Young hook shot tied the game up at 69. The Spurs would go on to score just one more basket for the rest of the quarter while giving up 14 points. That right there was the difference in the game.
I'll get much more into the true cause of this particular drought in section two, but overall, this is something that can be corrected. This young group is far from the Spurs of the 2000s -- the ones that can play through bad stretches and figure things out for themselves.
Gregg Popovich does well with when he chooses to call timeouts, but he doesn't seem to make lineup changes and sometimes doesn't seem to call plays for his best scorers to stop the bleeding. In the middle of a big run by the Clippers, the Spurs went to a baseline jumper from Drew Eubanks out of a timeout, and it didn't even seem like a broken play.
While we often argued in the past that Derrick White and Dejounte Murray need minutes together, there also needs to be a way to stagger them so at least one is on the court at all times. I know this seems contradictory, but the latter is more important than the former. They're both the best creators on the team -- whether it's for others or themselves -- so having them both sit for 5-minute stretches is just asking for trouble.
This leads me to point number two.