They were never the flashiest or hottest team in the league in terms of hype, but man have the spurs been a force to be reckoned with. For the past 20 years they have been the most consistent team the NBA has ever seen. Winning 5 championships in that span of time is no easy task. Unfortunately it looks as though their streak of 50 games that has lasted 18 seasons, is coming to an end. With 15 games left, it looks bleak for this team to muster up a 13-2 finish.
What’s Wrong With Them?
First of all the fact that this team has had one bad season in 20 years is astonishing. They are always the most slept on and the least talked about team in the league. That is until Kawhi Leonard almost won MVP last year. The hype is real for him, but he has played 9 games this year because of an injury to his quads. But sources close to him have come out saying that he is unhappy with the Spurs. Honestly it’s really hard to speculate what he could be unhappy with. He essentially has taken the whole season off. Popovich usually has a bevy of other options but in this strange transition of older players like Tony Parker, Manu, Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay the uncertainty in the future lingers. At some point very soon this organization is going to have to go through a major personnel change. Lamarcus Aldridge is currently their best player, averaging 22.2 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol are the second and third options with 11.1 and 10.5 points. With a healthy Kawhi this would be plenty to secure 50 wins especially adding the ageless play of Manu Ginobili. And yet, that would not even be a long term solution for a team with an average age of 29 and an ailing superstar, what’s the next move for Pop? Only time will tell, but something tells me he will right the ship in due time.