Spurs looking to get back on track against the Pistons
They were off to a promising start to the season but the San Antonio Spurs now are back to the old drawing board as they figure out what is plaguing the team over their last three games at the AT&T Center.
It has been very long time since you have heard the San Antonio Spurs having a hard time winning in their home. For a team coming off of a 40-1 record over a season ago, San Antonio now looks to avoid losing four-straight at the AT&T Center as they welcome the Detroit Pistons into town.
The season has not gone to plan, at home, for San Antonio and their recent play has shown. Coming off of a nail biter against James Harden and the Houston Rockets, the Spurs are left to think, what do they need to do to win a game at home.
They had their chances to win, there is no doubt about that, but for a team that had a lot of success over the years playing in front of their crowd, who, or what do you blame their slow start on?
We can go as far as stating that they are a new team, new faces, the chemistry is not there. There are some glimpses of good and then there is just bad.
For the Spurs, playing at home has not been sweet. In fact, it has been dreadful.
In their three straight losses at home, they are giving up 107.6 points per game. Against the Los Angeles Clippers, they gave up 73 in one half.
In the four games this season, the Spurs offense has taken a backseat as well averaging just 95 a game. San Antonio has been more productive on the road notching four wins while averaging 109 per game.
San Antonio is hoping to get back on track as they host Detroit whom are 4-4 on the young season. The Pistons are coming into the game ranked 24th in scoring (98.1) and 8th in rebounding (45.5).
Tobias Harris leads the Pistons in scoring averaging 16.8 a game while Ish Smith leads in assists at 6.9 a game.
Tony Parker who will likely defend Smith has missed the last three games for San Antonio will be active.
On paper, this game favors San Antonio. You have times in your seasons that you hit a rough patch, and for the Spurs this is there time.
It is still early in the season and maybe we are reading to much into what is going on with the Spurs. But that is what makes us so passionate.
The whole Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge tandem not working out, it is going to take time, we have to be patient with it, just as the team does.
San Antonio needs to get back to playing their type of basketball. As much as I want Leonard to have the ball in his hands, he needs to be on the wing. Spurs need to get him moving around. Once he has the ball in his hands, the offense stalls.
Regardless if he has the ball in his hands or not, teams will always focus in on Leonard. He is the Spurs leading scorer, and he can make an impact on the game with or without the ball.
Playing at home over the years has been easy for fans to mark down as a win. This season, it is different. Every game has been close. Teams are coming in now with the attitude of they can win, and it has been proven.
What is it going to take for San Antonio to get back to the dominating force at home? It maybe easier said than done for us.
Just play Spurs basketball. It starts Friday night against the Detroit Pistons.