Sunday’s NBA action saw the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers contest in a close game at the AT & T Center. Any opportunity for the Spurs to go for a win in the final few seconds went away with a miscommunication between DeMar DeRozan and Derrick White.
With just a few seconds of play remaining, neither of DeRozan and White were ready to receive the ball leading in the Pacers getting the ball.
Just before the turnover, Spurs’ Trey Lyles might have thought he had brought the game closer when he was going for a layup. But Myles Turner rejected him with what turned out to be a match-winning block.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 3, 2020
The Spurs came close but couldn’t take their wins tally to 26 on Sunday.
“It’s all about being competitive and executing, and you’ve got to do it for more of the 48 minutes than your opponent,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said after the loss as per Fox Sport. “We didn’t do anything in the second quarter to help ourselves. In the second half, we competed our (butts) off (and) did a really good job, but little things got us, execution-wise.”
DeMar DeRozan restricted to 10 points; Patty Mills scores 24 off the bench
Playing 38 minutes on the night, DeRozan couldn’t score more than 10 points. He also contributed with seven assists and six rebounds. The top scorer for the Spurs came off the bench in the form of Patty Mills. Mills scored 24 points playing for 23 minutes while starter Trey Lyles added 20 in 37 minutes.
After the loss, the Spurs’ record reads 25-34 which places them 12th in the Western Conference. They face the prospect of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997. However, they are not completely out of contention. A series of favourable results in the remainder of the season could still see them in the playoffs,