Yes losing record is uncharacteristic for San Antonio Spurs, frustrations grow up when they’re losing to bad teams. Before Christmas with the win against the Memphis Grizzlies, they are playing Spurs basketball. Don’t get fool by 18-23 as the records said. San Antonio is more than what you see, beating four top teams in Eastern Conference. Yes, they’re in the East and now the NBA’s best.
The Spurs yet to win three straight after 3-0 start but they’re totally different when DeMar DeRozan is on a roll. He helps San Antonio climbs on top as they sixth in scoring. They had an efficient basketball as they third in field goal percentage, and seventh on three-point shooting. DeRozan learns how to create effectively for himself. Sharing the ball on the right spot with his teammates. He’s proving why he’s an ALL NBA talent two years ago. He’s leading the team on points with 22.7 per game and 5.1 assists.
While All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge reinvent himself shooting from the arc. In his last ten games, he made 48% of it (24 of 50). He knows the value of spacing for his guys. Aldridge didn’t wait too long for the ball in the paint. He screens back to the rainbow territory and shoots it. It helps open the lane for his teammates like DeRozan. He already surpasses his three points made in 2014-15 in his last season with the Portland Trailblazers. Aldridge made 37 out of 71 games, while this season already had 45 out of 38 games at 44%.
The supporting cast of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker IV improvement is on steady. They had games that they are huge in offense which helps win the games. They matured on what the team needs to get better. Murray on limiting his turnovers, good decision making, and his excellency the defense. White is the second-best playmaker in the team and doing well off the bench. While Walker provides energy, hustle, and confidence. A lot of games to fully top on their potential but these guys are on the right track.
The bench lead by Patty Mills is playing consistently providing leadership. The ability to shoots from the arc is what made Mills special. The veteran showing his mates to get better and better. That don’t be afraid to accept the challenges. While another veteran Rudy Gay provides scoring on the second unit. He knows what his role if the shot isn’t falling then he works hard on the boards.
San Antonio yet to beat top teams on their conference but they are on the right track. The confidence and the best they had is coming whoever they will face. The Spurs accepted the challenge to get better. Don’t look at them and tell it’s over, because they still had two former All-Stars, best defensive youngs, a veteran glue guys and most of all Pop is still calling the shot.