◼️ Without Ginobili, Aldridge or Leonard, the Spurs couldn’t defeat the best NBA team (109-93) and dropped to the 10th place in the West.
Since 1997, when they couldn’t overcome the injury of David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs (37-30) doesn’t miss a postseason. However, this year, in which they could barely count on Kawhi Leonard, the story could be repeated. Gregg Popovich’s team fell on Monday against Houston Rockets (53-14) and dropped to the 10th place.
It’s the first time, since this season started, that the Spurs are out of the top 8 that will go to the Playoffs, but that’s not something unpredictable. The team, decimated now also by the loss of Lamarcus Aldridge and veterans alternating with good and bad health, such as Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Pau Gasol, they have a record of 12-18 in the last 30 games.
Unfortunately for the Texans the teams that fight the last spot in the West for the postseason can’t stop winning. Utah Jazz (37-30), for example, have 5 wins in a row and 18-2 in the last 20 games, while Denver Nuggets (37-30) looks a little more irregular now, but in the last 20 has a positive outcome of 13-7.
Returning to the duel at the Toyota Center in Houston, the locals again had James Harden, who scored 28 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds, in addition to the contribution of Chris Paul, with 18-9-3.