DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge see light at end of tunnel after key loss to Lakers
After a terrific 6-2 start to the season, the San Antonio Spurs suffered yet another deflating loss, this time at the hands of LeBron James and the young Los Angeles Lakers. Veterans DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge aren’t losing hope though, despite a disappointing 11-14 record a quarter of the way through the regular season.
“Even though we’re fighting hard, nothing much is really going our way,” said DeRozan, who put up a team-high 32 points in the loss, according to Jeff Garcia of Spurs Zone. “We just have to keep telling ourselves that it’s going to give. Something is going to give.”
The Spurs and their fans have come to expect making the postseason year in and year out, making this subpar start to the season something hard to stomach for many around the organization.
San Antonio is coming off losing several veterans this offseason — Manu Ginobili to retirement, Tony Parker to the Charlotte Hornets and Kawhi Leonard to a trade with the Toronto Raptors — something that has clearly affected the chemistry of this team, among the myriad of injuries that plagued the Spurs early on this season.
“Everyone’s trying to do their part and get better,” said Aldridge. “It’s just a different team, a new makeup.”
However, DeRozan sees the beauty in the struggle, noting that nothing worth fighting for comes easy and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for this team.
“We have to understand the beauty of adversity is how you get out of it, and that’s what we have to keep telling ourselves,” said DeRozan as the team has now lost four of its last five games to dip below the .500 mark.
The Spurs will have a chance to exact revenge on the Lakers at home on Friday and put the final stamp in the regular season series. One they lead 2-1 thus far.