The San Antonio Spurs are 32-9, and have the best record in the Western Conference, but you wouldn’t know it because the Spurs as a group aren’t happy.
Manu Ginobili told the San Antonio Express News that the Spurs are concerned about their poor play against the NBA’s elite.
“When it happens the first three times, four times, five times,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said, “then you say, ‘Okay, things happen. The schedule and…’ Now it’s eight (losses), so there has to be a tendency now.”
The eight losses Ginobili is referring to: The Spurs’ 1-8 record against the NBA’s elite teams; 1-7 against the Western Conference’s best.
The one victory (116-92) was against a Chris Paul-less Los Angeles Clippers team last month, which Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said doesn’t count.
Asked about their struggles against the good teams, Ginobili said: “I guess at the moment we’re not ready to beat them. They’re very talented; everybody is more athletic than us. To beat these types of teams, we’ve got to be even sharper, more precise, and at this point, we are not.”
The Spurs are used a certain standard of excellence.
San Antonio will be just fine.