The San Antonio Spurs are looking at a 1-2 deficit in their opening round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, and with Game 4 looming in Dallas, the Spurs need to get a win.
With three games in the books, the Spurs have looked like the 8th seed getting pushed around by the Mavericks. Dallas is dictating the tempo, setting the tone, playing physical and making all the right hustle plays to get the series lead.
In a nutshell, the Spurs look like they have lost the fire and head coach Gregg Popovich wants to see some “nastiness” from his team.
Via ESPN Dallas:
“I don’t think the guys are disrespecting Dallas because we beat them in the season four times. They know it’s the playoffs. But at the same time, I’d like to see a little bit more nastiness, a little bit more physicality, a little bit more fire from people.”
The Spurs have not put in the effort they showed throughout the regular season. Players like Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, and Patty Mills have been a non-factor through three games and collectively, the Spurs are letting Dallas shut down their schemes on both ends of the court.
San Antonio’s defense is allowing Dallas to average 102 points per game while the Dallas defense has clamped down allowing the Spurs to only average 96.7 points per game.
The Spurs need to get much more physical and get some “nastiness” quick. If not, it’s going to be a nasty end to the Spurs’ dreams of finally getting title number five.