Spurs new look on their starting unit produced some good basketball for the team. Without LaMarcus Aldridge and Trey Lyles, Jakob Poeltl extended more minutes on the floor. As Becky Hammon assigned to coach the team, he put Lonnie Walker IV and Derrick White to the starting unit together with Dejounte Murray and DeMar DeRozan.
On defense, the team excelled early when they put the Bucks into a 7 of 24 shooting. They made it hard for Giannis Antetoukoumnpo who missed a lot of bad shots from the arc. They are quick to switch on everyone, then put DeMar DeRozan to Donte DiVincenso the guy who had less impact on the offensive end. Derrick White playing straight-up defense while Jakob Poeltl blocking some shots from the three.
The more minutes Poeltl can stay on the court the better happened for San Antonio. He knows his role is to limit points in the paint and force the opponent to make a tough shot from the perimeter.
Offensively they also capable of putting points on the board. They had four guys who can handle the ball, all guys in the court is an underrated playmaker. The trio of White, Murray, and Walker is willing to take a shot from the arc. Four of them can create an opportunity for themselves.
Lonnie Walker looks confident when playing longer minutes than his usual things. He pushes the ball in transition because they can have a better chance to score rather than setting up for a half-court which is hard for them without Aldridge.
Derrick White and Dejounte Murray played a lot for the first time. If the coaches can keep on doing this it could produce a better result. One of their highlights is the alley pop pass from White to Murray.
One of the weaknesses of this unit is they are too small when got Jakob Poeltl to switch in the perimeter they can’t find help on a defensive rebound. Which could give the opponent a second chance opportunities. It’s hard for them when they face teams like Sixers, Jazz, and Nuggets who got excellent bigs.
Another one is the production on the bench, defensively it’s only Keldon Johnson and Patty Mills can do it better. They will rely on the rotation of Forbes, Gay, and Marco Belinelli. These guys aren’t good enough to stay in front of their man.
It’s fun to watch that after that poster dunk by Drew Eubanks, he’s ready to extend meaningful minutes.