For the past few games, something's been lacking in the San Antonio Spurs' offense. They were missing shots and not trying to test the defenses they were playing against. Manu Ginobili knows the answer to this as he explains in his column on Canchallena.lanacion.com.au:
It would not be a problem if it were the first time, but the reality is that in three of the last four games were very bad to attack. Against New York were tired because we were playing four games in five nights and could have less energy. We returned to be better against Philadelphia, but against New Orleans kicked again. And last night, against Lakers, it happened again.
Ginobili mentions that in the last stretch, they've been timid and soft on offense with the exception being against the Philadelphia 76ers. When the Spurs are forced into being stricly a jump shooting team, there's a high chance they won't come out with a win at the end of the game. Their strength is ball movement and that comes with attacking the defense. That aggressiveness forces the defense to to collapse and leaves a man open on the court during rotations. That's their identity with this group of players. When that's taken away, the Spurs' offense looks like the one they used to play five or six years ago and this team can't be forced to play that slow paced offense with its aging core. Ginobili goes on in his column about being worried about this trend:
Although not alarming, because a 82-game season obviously has ups and downs, we can not downplay. The offense is and has to be one of our strengths and it's something we'll have to start adjusting from tonight against Memphis. Especially because we knew what to do better.
With the season being 82 games and still a long way away from being over, his words of encouragement ring true. While they may be slumping in some areas, they know better and have more than enough time to fix the problems. The important factor in that process is not getting comfortable with the small problems and allowing them to be the new identity or mindset of the team. With coach Gregg Popovich on the sidelnes, it's hard to imagine that the Spurs wouldn't fix those problems. His unique way of coaching and treating all the players the same way makes his message clear to the team without favoritism. Pop stresses aggressive offense and defense on a daily basis and has a lot more games to let the Spurs know about it.