The San Antonio Spurs have been hit with the injury bug since the start of the year. Despite being able to continue winning games, it can’t be denied that it has been a challenge for them to play without some of their key players.
Even their franchise player, Kawhi Leonard, admitted, via Michael C. Wright of ESPN, that it has affected them especially with their chemistry. He also added that knowing who you play on the floor with and which of his teammates are on the bench affects a player’s mindset and could dictate his performance during a game.
“It breaks the team chemistry. Once you have that unit out here with your five guys knowing who you’re going to play with, who’s going to sub you in and out, I feel like you get better chemistry like that, rather than somebody sitting and not knowing if you’re gonna play.”
LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green have all dealt with injuries this season and have missed games. Head coach Gregg Popovich was even forced to experiment with his lineup to compensate for some of his rotation players missing.
The good news for the Spurs is they are now back to full strength and couldn’t have come at a better time as the regular season is now in its late stages. With only 13 games left on their schedule, their key players will have the chance to play alongside each more which could pay dividends for them once the playoffs start.
It will also help Leonard carry the team’s offensive load as they will have more options and a deeper rotation. The Spurs are currently just two games back of the Golden State Warriors for the top seed in the Western Conference, and with a healthy roster, it gives them a bigger chance of snatching it from the Dubs and enter the postseason with a lot of momentum on their side.