The first day of training camp for San Antonio Spurs needed to get back on their basic thing. On how to stop your opposing team how to guard your man without fouling. Defense wins a championship when matters most. On their five title run, they are top five in the league on both ends of the court.
Last season San Antonio team defense was at the bottom of the league. Spurs rank 30th in steals with 6.1 and giving up 110 points per game twelve most. It’s understandable when losing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in trade. Then followed by Dejounte Murray’s injury.
With defense failed to stop most of the time. As a team, they suffers only the seventh seed with another first-round exit. When the offense isn’t clicking it’s hard to win.
Prior to the last season, the Spurs defense was in the top ten in the last four years. With the franchise winning the title in 2014 who ranks sixth.
Gregg Popovich and the coaching staff want to address every detail. If they want to go further this year they need to be on the top again using a great team defense. This thing will be boost with Murray on the front again of every play. The ball was on the point guard’s hands most of the time. The right play to stop them is with Murray’s defense.
The Spurs duo of Dejounte Murray and Derrick White is the best defensive backcourt. With LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl on the paint and protecting the rim. With the acquisition of Demarre Carroll will bolster their team defense. It’s on the coaching staff how to use the right combination of these groups of guys. On how to hide Demar DeRozan’s weakness sharing on the court with this team.