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September 22, 2020

Becky Hammon: We need to play consistently on defense

The San Antonio Spurs started well in their first scrimmage game against the Milwaukee Bucks. They held the NBA league-best into 20 points after the first quarter. Bucks shots 28% from the field and scored 47 points at the half. But in the middle of the third quarter, the Bucks started to be the Bucks again. They outscored the Spurs 38-26 that lead to 113-92 wins.

Becky Hammon who coach the team mentioned that the Spurs defense isn’t enough to sustain the momentum that they started.

If you want to take a positive, there wasn’t a lot, nobody got hurt,” said Becky Hammon served as head coach. “We just didn’t play well.”

We didn’t have any carry-over from what we’ve been doing in practice. The ball stopped moving and we just got real passive defensively,” she said. “That’s an issue. That’s been an issue for us all year.”

The team had 22 turnovers in the game. Maybe there’s some familiarity with each other after a new rotation when Aldridge and Lyles went down.

We’re still finding our way, finding ourselves, seeing what we can and cannot do as a team. It’s all a work in progress,” said Lonnie Walker who started slowly before getting his rhythm in the third quarter.

We just got real passive defensively and that’s an issue. It’s been an issue for us all year,” said Hammon. “We want to get better defensively and we just got to stay on them and continue to demand excellence from them on that side of the ball.”

The Spurs ranks in bottom ten defensively even with a premier defender like Dejounte Murray and Derrick White. Either a decent Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl to protect the paint.

“We could have been more aggressive. We could have done a lot of things better but at the end of the day, it was our first game,” said Murray who scored 13 points in 18 minutes.

The good thing is this only scrimmage game to get themselves ready for the next eight games battle. This could lead to more playing time for the young player who needs to get confidence. The young squad has the potential to be a better all-around player which they already show in NBA G League particularly Keldon Johnson, Chimizie Metu, and Drew Eubanks.

Obviously, there are growth opportunities but right now it’s about our guys. It’s about their growth, not mine essentially,” Hammon said.

Spurs will play the Brooklyn Nets on their next game at 4:30 CT.

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