The days when Spurs systematically qualified for the play-offs (22 appearances in a row between 1997 and 2019) are over, as evidenced by the impressive series of defeats – eleven, the second worst pass in the history of the franchise – suffered by the Texans since November 11. But Gregg Popovich, who still officiates at the head of the team, continues to do what he can with what he has, and sometimes his young workforce shows nice bursts of pride.
Facing the other poorly ranked Western Conference, San Antonio thus pulled its head out of the water overnight from Thursday to Friday, thanks to an excellent duo made up of Keldon Johnson (32 points), who scored his first nine shots, and Tre Jones (26 points). While the two teams were tied (65-65), the Spurs broke away late in the third quarter (90-77) and were never caught again by the Rockets, who delivered a poor performance. “We lacked defensive intensity and paid no attention to detailregretted their coach Paul Silas. They attacked us and we let it go. »
“It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve done the job in defensewelcomed Johnson. If we manage to keep this state of mind, everything will be fine. » But it will take more to young Spurs if they want to find the way to the final stages. As the first third of the regular season approaches, San Antonio is indeed second-to-last in the Western Conference and now displays the same record (7v-18d) as Houston, red lantern.