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Defensive woes plague Spurs in blowout loss to Pacers

Spurs fall to 2-2 after home loss to Pacers

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO – While the San Antonio defense will be a work in progress for awhile, the Spurs are going to have to shoot lights out in order to put up wins.

Unfortunately for San Antonio, they got lit up by a hot Indiana team and fell to the Pacers 116-96.

San Antonio is now 1-1 at home and 2-2 overall.

"We didn't come ready to play tonight," said Marco Belinelli, who scored 16 off the bench. 

The Pacers were hitting from all over the floor, inside and outside. They finished 17-32 from three point range for 53 percent.

All together they shot 53 percent from the field. They got the lead to double digits in the first half.

Every time the Spurs cut into the Pacers lead, Indiana would answer. Their lead actually grew to 29 late in the game.

"We have a lot of work to do at both ends of the court, especially defensively. We're defensively challenged so to speak," said Gregg Popovich.

"It's a new group, we still haven't gotten rolling offensively like we want and defensively as well so once we get both them two things clicking we are going to be all right," DeMar DeRozan said.

DeRozan, who went into the game averaging 29 points, was held to just 18. He didn't score his first bucket until late in the second quarter. 

"Rather have these moments like we had tonight and the Portland game now, understand what we got to get better at, what we got to work on, how we need to come out and play. It was a great lesson tonight," DeRozan said. ​​​​​

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a double-double 15 points and 13 rebounds, but it was not enough.

DeRozan summed it up in simple terms. "Four games in, it sucks to lose but at the same time it's a bonus that it is now and we can get better at it," DeRozan said.

The Spurs homestand continues. They will get ready to host the LeBron James and the Lakers Saturday night.

The Spurs have already defeated the Lakers once this year when they won in overtime 143-142 Monday in Los Angeles.


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