Defense, turnovers killed the Spurs on the Road

The Spurs chances of winning their first road win Tuesday night, took a big blow when T.J. Ford suffered an injury. (Photo via ESPN)

Despite a great shooting effort making 60 percent (45-of-75) of their shots from the field, the San Antonio Spurs suffered their fourth loss in as many games on the road after dropping a 106-103 decision against the Milwaukee Bucks.

It was the fourth time that the Spurs allowed their opponents to shoot 50 percent or more from the floor, all resulting in defeats.

Also, it didn’t helped that T.J. Ford, San Antonio’s primary backup point guard, strained his left hamstring after a driving layup with 30 seconds left during the first half of the game.

But losing Ford to injury was only a part of the problem, if the Spurs want to get back to their winning ways, they have to step their defense up a notch and take care of the basketball a lot better.

Coach Gregg Popovich took some blame in the loss against the Bucks saying this on the final possession:

“They worked hard to try and get something, I let them down at the end of the game.”

While there is some truth to that, the game shouldn’t be that close during the final minutes in the first place had the Spurs took care extra care of the ball and worked on their transition defense.

How bad were the Spurs defensively?

San Antonio had 16 turnovers compared to Milwaukee’s 11. The Bucks were able to capitalize on the Spurs’ miscues scoring 25 points off turnovers, while the Spurs only produced 11.

It also didn’t helped that Stephen Jackson had a great shooting night, the former Spur torched them with 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 3-0f-4 from behind the arc.

Tim Duncan and the Spurs wanted to win this game badly, but the breaks didn't go their way in closing minutes of the game.

Nevertheless, the Spurs did their part on offense.

Tim Duncan turned in his best offensive performance of the season finishing with 20 points, eight boards, seven assists, three blocks and one steal, and rookie Kawhi Leonard had another impressive effort, chipping in 19 points, three rebounds and four steals in 33 minutes of action.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 22 points and eight assists but he accounted for seven of his team’s 16 turnovers.

The most critical mistake he made, might have caused them the game.

After a rebound by Richard Jefferson with 1:07 left, the Spurs had a chance to score a go-ahead basket, but Parker lost the ball to Brandon Jennings who completed the steal with a dunk that gave the Bucks a 106-103 lead with only 50 seconds left to play.

Still, the Spurs had their chances.

However, a charging call (that is up for debate) on Duncan on the next play sealed the win for the Bucks.

With that, San Antonio remained winless on the road, and will head back home tomorrow night to face the Houston Rockets at the AT&T Center.


7 thoughts on “Defense, turnovers killed the Spurs on the Road

  1. Robby

    Just when you thought it was safe for the team to dip their toes back into the water they remind us why they have a number of flaws.

    So if the Wizards go perhaps 11-55 over the course of this season will it guarantee that they end up with the # 1 pick over-all in the 2012 NBA Draft ? If that’s the case will Jared Sullinger remain in school rather than opting to play for the Washington Wizards ? Let me know what you think as to the Wizards’ monstrous season thus far ?

    In The Words of Herm Edwards …..”You Play The Game To Win ” …….

    • Tophatal,

      It’s too early to tell were the Wizards is going, sure they lost a lot of games already but the team has talent. They got their first win yesterday against Toronto but that could be a fluke after 20 games or so we will see a clearer picture where most teams are headed.

      However, I believe for sure that this Wizards will NOT make to the playoffs. In my mind they will win between 15-20 games this season.

      Thanks for the regular comments and continued support guys! Go Spurs Go!

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