The San Antonio Spurs are better than their 2-6 record. Yet after another narrow loss to Jalen Brunson and the Dallas Mavericks, here we are.
There have been several reasons for the Spurs coming up short in most of their losses -- missed free throws, terrible late-game execution, and the lack of a closer all being some. But after another game of very few adjustments despite missing his starting center, it's time to put Coach Gregg Popovich under the microscope.
I must preface this by assuring you I'm no professional coach, nor do I feel like I have all the answers. I'm just a guy with a platform to share my opinions and you can agree or not. I also still believe that given his body of work and admiration he has throughout NBA history, Coach Popovich is the best coach in basketball history. All that said, something is up.
It was pretty clear heading into this season that the goal was for the young core to grow and learn about themselves -- maybe establishing a breakout star or leader along the way. In the name of that, there will obviously be many growing pains along the way. But I can't help but some of these early narrow losses could've been avoided with the simplest of adjustments.
Let's examine the game against the Dallas Mavericks a little closer. Here are some things that stood out to me from a lineup perspective.