Sports Blog: Spurs sputtering at wrong time
For most of the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs have looked like one of the top teams in the league, easily in the top two of the Western Conference.
Like the previous two seasons, this year’s Spurs looked deep, talented, and ready to coast right into the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
All was well in the Alamo City. San Antonio was ready for Fiesta and another playoff run.
Well, the last month hasn’t been so smooth for the Silver and Black, and now the Spurs don’t look like a shoe-in for the Western Conference Finals.
Part of this difficult time has been the fact that Tony Parker has been battling injuries. Parker missed a few weeks, and has been banged up even when he returned to action.
Manu is also hurt, and will not be available for the start of the playoffs.
On top of injuries, on Friday, the Spurs announced that they cut Stephen Jackson, without any real reason why. It appears Coach Pop was trying to either cut a cancer out of the locker room, or to ignite a spark in a team that just flat out seems bored with the regular season.
The Spurs' biggest struggle has come at the offensive end, only breaking 100 points three times in the last 11 games.
This is a far cry from one of the top offensive teams in the league most of the season, although a lot of that can be contributed to the absence of Tony Parker a lot to do with this.
Time will tell if Tony will be 100 percent for the playoffs and, if not, whether any of the Spurs step up offensively.
Another troubling stat, the Spurs have lost their last six road games. You have to be able to win on the road, especially now that the Spurs have dropped to the No. 2 seed in the West.
Maybe -- just maybe -- the Spurs are bored with the regular season.
Maybe they’re more excited about chicken on a stick at NIOSA than they are about the last month of regular season games.
But if they don’t snap out of this funk, then the party will be over quick for the Spurs -- and the city of San Antonio.
John Dyer is a sports blogger for KSAT.com. He also owns a sports website, Texas Sports Junkie.
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