30-point losses come at an alarming rate for Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are one of the most storied franchises in the NBA. They have appeared in the playoffs a record 21 straight times from 1998-2018 and captured five championships along the way. However, the team has been downright terrible in three of their last four games.
The Spurs lost by more than 30 points five times in Gregg Popovich’s first 1,758 regular-season games as coach.
It’s now happened three times in the last four games.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 5, 2018
Spurs fans that are looking on the bright side can point to the fact that all three of the losses came to pretty talented teams in the Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, and Utah Jazz. But no matter how good the opposing teams are, it’s still embarrassing to get routed by over 30 once, let alone three times.
The main downfall for San Antonio has been defense, the team’s strength in past seasons. In their losses, they gave up an average of 134 points. The team ranks a lowly 2oth in defensive rating, below teams like the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks. It’s almost impossible for any team to win consistently when giving up that many points.
An organization of the Spurs’ caliber won’t stay this bad for long. While their playoff streak might come to an end this year, it would be a shock to see them tank for years to come. They will get a chance to right the ship against another good offensive team in the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.