The San Antonio Spurs remain optimistic despite the poor start of 2022

With the arrival of the new year, you may get used to hearing the slogan “New Year, New Self”, which symbolizes a change in someone’s life.

If you apply the same motto to Spurs, you will find that turnover is ultimately for Spurs, but so far they remain their old selves.

After a thrilling loss of 121: 119 in overtime, the team has now lost six of their last seven matches, and despite their problems, the team has remained optimistic.

In a post-match interview, Jock Landale told reporters that he believed the team was better than their record said.

“I know our balance sheet doesn’t reflect what I’m about to say, but I really like our team and I think we have serious potential there,” said Jock Landale. “I don’t even know how many matches we play a year to be honest with you, but I still think there’s a free playoff or play-in for us.”

Landale added that once the team was all available, he felt he could compete with some of the best teams in the league.

After Landale’s comment, although the Spurs continue to lose matches when you look at it, Covid wasn’t particularly kind to the team.

Upon arrival in the Nets game, it turned out that the team was playing without players with six spins, a pair of G-Leaguers and was scrapped to the end with the championship contender. In addition, Landale said, they won against some of the NBA’s best teams, but showed inconsistencies with player availability and unpredictable player performance.

There was a sign on the wall this season that the team was heading for the youth movement after their veterinarians were fired out of season. Losses would add up, mistakes would be made, flashes would show, but those flashes quickly added up and gave the team and fans hope.

Whether you’re a fan of team refueling or pushing toward the playoffs, you have to imagine that players want to win badly, so why would this franchise support a culture of losses?

After Sunday’s defeat, head coach Gregg Popovich said that the game was good for a young team facing adversity.

“I may be a masochist, but I think it’s great for these young boys,” said Gregg Popovich. “In the fourth quarter, they will do good things and win a few, do some unwise things and lose other matches, so you will learn.” So it’s all right. “

People might eventually argue that, according to their records, they already live in a losing culture, but learning serves as a key word for this year’s team.

Thanks to wins and losses, the team will continue to learn, gel, grow and have to turn it around. In the future, there may be splashes of free agents, exchanges or interference with draft picks, which may speed up the team’s return to combat, but time will tell.

So far, Spurs cannot be defined under the slogan ‘New Year, New Me’, because the year has just begun and there are still many matches left this season. Remember, however, that Rome was not built in a single day, so it will take some time for NBA titles to return to 210.

Below are examples and predictions of this week’s games:

San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks

Date: January 10, 2022, 6:30 PM Thu.
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Transmission: Bally Sports Southwest
Live stream: SilverandBlack.TV

The Spurs turned to the match against the New York Knicks and hoped to end their seven-match road trip on a slightly positive note. In this game, the Spurs are still without strikers Keldon Johnson, Thaddeus Young, Devin Vassell, Doug McDermott, Zach Collins and bodyguards Derrick White and Tre Jones.

The lack of size can hurt the Spurs even more when they rebounded heavily on Monday night in their first game of the season with the Knicks.

The match you will be looking for in this game will be Keita Bates-Diop vs. Julius Randle. KBD has shown that some upper wings and attackers have defense problems, so it should be interesting to see if it can keep Randle, who leads the Knicks in most categories, under control.

Prediction: Spurs heads home with victory, Bing Bong.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets

Date: January 12, 2022, 7:30 PM Thu.
Arena: AT&T Center
Transmission: Kens 5
Live stream: SilverandBlack.TV

The Spurs are launching their seven-match homestand against their I-10 rivals, the Houston Rockets. Over the years, I’ve watched these teams compete, it’s always been a match you have to see on TV. Now that I come into this game, I have to admit that it is strange to see both teams sitting in a youth-led movement and to see a lack of cross-country players.

Before I get to hate, there are some upcoming and current players who have shown glimpses that bring excitement to their teams, but for me there is no player to hit the eye.

Some examples that could provide a better context for what I define as striking are the absence of Stephen Marbury, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, James Harden, Chris Paul, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and so on.

However, on Wednesday night you can still catch me watching Spurs and the match you should be looking for is Christian Wood vs. Keita Bates Diop. Wood was the player Spurs fans advocated for PAFTO to push this past vacant agency to fill PF. He leads the Rockets in points and rebounds, so his slowdown could make Houston a long night.

Prediction: The Spurs will win another win and move to Cleveland on Friday.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Date: January 14, 2022, 7:30 PM Thu.
Arena: AT&T Center
Transmission: Bally Sports Southwest
Live stream: SilverandBlack.TV

After a cruising victory against the Rockets Cavs, they will visit San Antonio in the hopes of unleashing a series of two winning team matches.

The Spurs are likely to be still without their six-spin players, and if the Cavs have no other health and safety issues or injuries, their size could be a problem for Los Spurs.

This season, the Cavs’ turnover was driven by a combination of their teams, which included the big men Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen and Lauri Markkanen. In addition, Rangers Colin Sexton, Darius Garland and Ricky Rubio played a big role in the Cavs 22-18 record, but now Garland remains the only healthy guardian.

Both Rubio and Sexton were eliminated for the season with a knee injury.

To make up for the losses, the big men of the Cavs should appear, and the Spurs lack length behind Poeltl, Eubanks, and Landal. If someone gets into annoying problems, it can be a long night for Spurs and a BBQ chicken could be observed.

The match to look for is Jakob vs. Allen, who has an average double-double and leads his team in the rebound.

Prediction: The Spurs pull it out and prepare for the Clippers the next day.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Date: January 15, 2022, 7:30 PM Thu.
Arena: AT&T Center
Transmission: Bally Sports Southwest
Live stream: SilverandBlack.TV

The Clippers are coming to town to finish the team’s week, and the Spurs are trying to win the season’s series after leveling it with a 116: 92 victory in December.

In this game, Dejounte Murray played a triple-double and the team got into easy dubbing via Clips, and this is a representation of one of the victories Landale talks about when the Spurs defeated the top team.

The match you should be looking for in this game is Josh Primo vs. Paul George. Primo will take a big test against the league’s best forwards and it will be exciting to watch him stand up to George and serve him as an experience he has not gained in the G-League.

Prediction: The Spurs eventually miss it, but Primo does a great job against George and the fans are amazed at his future.

Overall forecasts: 16-21

David Berry

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