San Antonio Spurs: Three Keys to Second-Half Playoff Surge
Despite ending the first half of the 2019-20 NBA regular season below .500 (23-31), the San Antonio Spurs can still make the playoffs.
Here’s how they do it.
Play better defense
Right now the Spurs are 23rd in the NBA in points allowed.
It’s odd to question a defense led by head coach Gregg Popovich, but this team doesn’t have it.
Elite players can easily take advantage of San Antonio. I can’t see Pop’s crew getting better in this category, but it’s something that has to be improved.
Help with the boards
The Spurs don’t get crazy when it comes to throwing money around. I like LaMarcus Aldridge, but there needs to be extra help down low.
Aldridge leads the team in rebounds (7.6 per game), but it would be better if the black and white acquired another big man.
I’m not saying the open market is loaded with talent in the big man department, but it wouldn’t hurt to check.
Point guard Dejounte Murray is second on the Spurs with 5.8 boards per game, which is not ideal.
Add another wing shooter
San Antonio can play good basketball and I expect them to make some noise in the second half of the season, but they could use some extra shooting, whether they go out and sign a guy off the street or they pull off a deal.
San Antonio is shooting a combined 36.8 percent from downtown, which isn’t elite-level shooting.
Good fundamentals and ball movement has been a constant with Pop-led teams, but they need to figure out a way to keep up with their opponents if they are scoring at will.
The Spurs have lost eight of their last 11 games and have only won three games in a row only twice this season.
San Antonio trails Memphis in the Southwest Division and has lost games to the likes of Orlando, Washington, and Cleveland.
Clearly this isn’t the Spurs best season of their franchise’s existence, but they can make a playoff push.
The Spurs will battle Utah on Thursday night before facing OKC, Dallas, and Orlando.
After examining San Antonio’s remaining schedule I predict they will end up with a 39-43 record and miss the playoffs.
The Spurs always make it in the postseason, but once something is broke, it can sometimes be too much to overcome.
I don’t know how they get over all these obstacles and hop into the playoffs. They basically have to play flawless basketball with only 28 games remaining.
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