Friday, November 6, 2009
Spurs' road woes continues...
By Robby Lim
"We committed too many mistakes from the get-go, It's too bad. It shouldn't be happening. We've really got to step out and try to play 48 minutes." Ginobili said.
That line says it all, the Spurs remain winless on the road as the Trail Blazers jumped on them early; then hold on for a 96-84 victory at the Rose Garden.
Brandon Roy scored 24 points, Steve Blake had 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Greg Oden added 14 points, 8 boards and 4 blocks for the Blazers.
Richard Jefferson led the Spurs with 19 points, Manu Ginobili had 17, while Tim Duncan finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
To make matters worse, Tony Parker sprained his ankle during the game and could be out for a week. With 2:36 left in the first half, Parker appeared to come down awkwardly, called timeout and left the floor for the locker room and didn't return.
X-rays taken at the arena were negative, he will be re-evaluated after the team returns to San Antonio.
Even without Parker, the Spurs actually made a game out of it. After falling behind by 15 in the first quarter, the Spurs crawled back into the game in the fourth, when Antonio McDyess began hitting his jumpers.
With 2:57 to go, the Spurs pulled within 85-77 on a Jefferson dunk; but Steve Blake answered with a 3-pointer that sealed it for the Blazers.
The Spurs have been struggling so far. They can't seem to put it together yet, but at least their defense showed up. The offense was a different story, as they shoot a measly 38% from the field.
Despite their early woes, Coach Pop was surprisingly patient; saying that the Spurs' near miraculous comeback was "a step in the right direction".
Pop's patience is understandable; he's running a team with a bunch of new guys. But sooner or later that will change, considering how tough the West is; you can't put yourself into a big hole.
A step in the right direction is nice, but the Spurs should also start winning; doing it against Toronto should be a good start...