In Spurscast episode 688, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs director of digital content Joe Garcia discuss:
- The Spurs’ post All-Star break loss to the Dallas Mavericks
- Injury updates regarding Devin Vassell and Malaki Branham
- The final games of the season for the Spurs, Rockets, Pistons, and Hornets
Spurscast 688 Breakdown
Spurs’ post All-Star break loss to Dallas Mavericks
In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Spurs resumed their Rodeo Road Trip schedule with a Thursday game in Dallas. While the game was competitive for three quarters, the Mavericks’ offense went on a quick run three minutes into the fourth quarter and Dallas’ lead ballooned up to 19 points. By the end of the night, the Spurs were facing a 26-point loss.
The Spurs are now 0-7 on the rodeo road trip with two games left in Utah before heading home. The Spurs’ franchise-record losing streak has continued, with the team dropping 15 games in a row.
Injury updates regarding Devin Vassell and Khem Birch
There’s a chance Devin Vassell could make his return to the court next week on March 2 when the team returns to San Antonio against the Indiana Pacers. The Spurs will likely be cautious with bringing Vassell back, considering he’s missed a lot of time due to the left knee procedure.
Regarding Khem Birch, he’s suffering from a right knee injury and there’s no timetable for when he’ll return to the court with just 22 games left in the season. Birch was acquired from Toronto at the trade deadline as part of the Jakob Poeltl trade.
The final games of the season for the Spurs, Rockets, Pistons, and Hornets
The bottom four teams right now are the Rockets, Spurs, Pistons, and Hornets. When looking at the strength of schedule left and win projections, the battle for the worst record looks like it’s going to come down to how the Rockets and Spurs finish the season.