SAN ANTONIO – When the San Antonio Spurs tip off against the Charlotte Hornets Friday night in the AT&T Center, they will be without Manu Ginobili who is sitting to get some rest since they will be playing back-to-back games.
Of course they will still be without Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Joffrey Lauvergne.
San Antonio also trying to end a four game losing streak, the longest since the 2014-15 season.
They are coming off a 112-92 loss to the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.
The record is now 4-4. It is not that these guys aren't putting out the effort, it is just not working for them right now.
"The ball is not falling for us right now, guys are taking shots. We're confident, the ball isn't falling it's hard to win games when the ball isn't falling." said LaMarcus Aldridge, "I think guys are trying, got to stick with it."
Patty Mills doesn't think this is something that can magically turn around for the Spurs. "I think right now there is a process that we have to go through and we are going through it," Mills said.
That process includes a couple of months without Parker and Kawhi, but they will not use that as and excuse.
"We are not making excuses for injuries and what not. Every guy understands their role and understands what needs to be done and when we make mistakes we learn from them, so i think that's where we're at now," Mills said.
The Hornets buzz into San Antonio with a 5-3 record, good for 5th place in the Eastern Conference. They are averaging 103 points per game.
Kemba Walker leads the Hornets averaging 24 and a half points a game. Dwight Howard is pulling down 14 rebounds a game.
Tonight the Spurs will play the second game of a rare six-game homestand.