SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs returned home to the AT&T Center after a nearly a month away, knowing their playoff hopes were in serious jeopardy.
Despite a nice comeback attempt, they would fall 109-103 to the Dallas Mavericks (36-23) and suffered their second straight loss.
Most sports books had the Mavericks as favorites to win the game. Click to know more about sports betting as Dallas is currently projected to make a playoff berth while most odds have the Spurs on the outside looking in.
“I think the game plan that I came out with was poor, and they took advantage of it in the first quarter,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said, “And we turned it over nine times in the first half. So, that got us in a hole, but you know they’re a hell of a team and I’m really proud of the effort and stick-to-itiveness”
Three Standout Players
Without LaMarcus Aldridge in the lineup, San Antonio leaned more on DeRozan’s play and as he’s done in the past, showed he was more than up for the challenge.
DeRozan finished with a game-high 27 points and shot 60 percent from the floor while adding eight rebounds and nine assists to his stat line. The All-Star will need more help down the line if the Spurs want to make a big final push for that eighth seed.
Lonnie Walker IV
While this season has not been the best for the Spurs on the court as a whole, it has been fun watching the growth of Lonnie Walker IV. He showed off more of that in the loss on Wednesday with another nice outing.
Walker had 12 points as he got the start in Aldridge’s place. He shot 55 percent and connected on both of his three-point attempts. San Antonio will likely miss out on the playoffs for the first time in 22 seasons but Walker’s growth will mean more for the future of the franchise.
Derrick White has proven himself over the past few seasons and after a breakout year in the 2018-19 season, he is showing more of what he can do for the future.
White had a quiet nine points, six rebounds, and two assists. His game has grown to the point of his decision making and shot selection is much more on point than it was a year ago. Another solid sign for the Spurs moving forward.
The Spurs are now 24-33 on the season and will return to the court on Saturday night when they face the Orlando Magic at 7:30 p.m. at the AT&T Center.