By Gisselle Washington | Staff Writer |
On pace to become a top contender in the western conference, the Spurs are on track to be one of the top seeds in their division. The basketball team has currently averaged 110.9 points per game with their powerful offense credited to the addition of DeMar DeRozan from the Toronto Raptors. He’s starting to look at ease being assimilated into the team, averaging 28 points from the past four games.
The team has been strolling through the start of the regular season defeating Lebron’s Lakers both at home and at the staples center. They currently stand at 7-6, and even in their losses were still competitive against top eastern conference competitors such as the Indiana Pacers who they lost to 116-96. This is still impressive from the fact that the team once relied on shooting guard and NBA All Star Kawhi Leonard as the leader, now was reassembled to be led by DeRozan and Lamarcus Aldridge as the new power duo.
In order to be a contender for the championship, they need to tighten up their defense. They’ve really lacked in limiting the scoring of the opposing team with the absence of Dejounte Murray, who’s out for the season rehabbing his right knee. The Spurs have had trouble stopping fast-break points by the opposing team which has now become a weakness for the team. But they have have to maintain a balance between the offense and defense to both gain points and restrict the other team. The saying “Defense wins championships” is applied to the professional basketball league and they need to utilize that and cater their game plans to that in order to secure the bag.
The team is still promising under the coaching of Gregg Popovich and is a force to be reckoned with once they’ve played a couple more games and the dynamic of the team is set.