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NBA Swing: The San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are a team that has really struggled to make their mark in this season. They have a winning record, as they currently sit at 37-30, but are in 10th place in the very competitive Western Conference. At the top of the conference is the Houston Rockets, who have finally inched ahead of the Golden State Warriors. Although the Spurs have won a fair share of their games this year, they seem to be too inconsistent to be taken seriously as playoff contenders.

On Monday night, the Spurs faced a tough 109-93 loss against the first place Houston Rockets. In the first half, San Antonio maintained a competitive atmosphere, as they kept the score within 10 points for the throughout the first pair of quarters. However, they seemed to fall apart both offensively and defensively in the second half, and Houston kept widening the gap. The Spurs gave the Rockets their 52nd win of the season.

LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a lot of credit from this basketball club, as he leads the team in both rebounds and blocks per game. He averages 22.2 points in each contest with 1.1 blocks. When you have a player that can cover both the offensive and defensive sides of the court, that person deserves to be recognized. Aldridge has largely contributed to the success that the Spurs have had this season despite their struggles, but he is not the only player that has helped. Pau Gasol is the team’s leading rebounder this year, with an average of 8.3 each game. Tony Parker also holds the statistic for most assists sitting at 3.8 per game. Kawhi Leonard has been averaging 16.2 points per game, so he has also been an offensive machine.

This San Antonio Spurs team will likely not make the playoffs this season. They have not seemed to fully be able to work together and have everyone be in full coordination on the court. If they can take the offseason to continue to develop and enhance the skills of their top athletes, then they could be much more competitive next season. Anything can happen in the NBA, and there is still time left in the season, but the possibility of them making a playoff run seems more and more unlikely every day.

You can catch the Spurs on Thursday night, March 15th, as they face the New Orleans Pelicans at home at 8:30 pm Eastern Time.

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