That was perhaps the toughest loss we have experienced since we have owned the team.
The Spurs play basketball the right way, and the pregame plan on how to beat the Spurs was executed perfectly in the first half. We moved the ball around, we ran, we played terrific team defense. We were perfect from the foul line. And we defended the three point line well as the Spurs are the best in the business from scoring from deep.
We built a 17 point lead, scored more than 60 points in the half, and then we let our foot off the gas. Our defensive intensity waned a bit and allowed the Spurs to regain their confidence from out deep.
And then an accumulation of little things allowed the Spurs to tie the game, we missed a lay up, and another close in shot while up by 5 points late in the game. We missed some free throws. We made some costly turn overs. It all adds up. And the Spurs just grind and play with confidence, and they played 12 players that all executed their game plan with consistency.
In OT - John Wall was simply an All Star and scored 6 points in 10 seconds to get the game to a second OT. He willed the team to another shot at victory.
And then we shot ZERO for 11 from the floor in the second OT and our losing streak continues against the Spurs.
And a winnable game at home gets chalked up as a loss.
To me, there is no silver lining or morale victory.
It is just another loss. Another OT loss where we are now 2 and 6. This is the next step in our development. The ability to close out close games and win in OT.There are many stories out there about the game. Here are some presented in an easy to digest fashion. Check them out here, here, here, and here.