The “Rodeo Street Journey” has been part of the San Antonio Spurs’ season since 2003. Nonetheless, it is protected to say the 2018-19 version of the journey was hardly scrapbook-worthy stuff.
The Spurs misplaced to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, giving them a 1-7 mark on the Rodeo Street Journey — which, per ESPN, is the workforce’s worst mark on the journey in historical past. An evening after their protection was absent in a loss to the New York Knicks, the Spurs went throughout city and could not get their offense going. San Antonio was held to its lowest level whole of the season, and the NBA’s main Three-point capturing workforce was a season-worst 16.7 p.c behind the arc.
After the loss, the Spurs needed to accept no matter positives they might discover.
“I used to be very offended after the sport final night time. I am very happy about this sport as a result of we held an excellent workforce to 101 factors and if we proceed to do this we’ll be in fine condition,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. “Simply, you may’t management whether or not the ball goes in or not, so I feel it was an excellent night time for us.”
The Nets rolled to a 101-85 win in opposition to the Spurs on Monday night time.
Their annual highway journey started due to the San Antonio Inventory Present and Rodeo, which takes over the AT&T Middle. The one win the Spurs scored on the journey got here on Feb. 12 — a sport by which they needed to survive a wild end simply to get that victory. Their 1-7 mark, coupled with the remainder of the goings on within the Western Convention throughout that span, has San Antonio sitting at No. eight with a one-game lead over the ninth-place Sacramento Kings.
The Spurs have made 21 consecutive playoff appearances, tied for the second-longest streak in NBA historical past.
”You must keep assured, bought to imagine in your self that tough work goes to make it higher. Acquired to imagine that pictures are going to fall. Acquired to imagine that should you put effort into protection and into doing the schemes that it will work,” mentioned Spurs ahead LaMarcus Aldridge. ”Like I mentioned, going house does not assure wins, however hopefully it will put some new life into us and attempt to get some wins.”
The excellent news for the Spurs is that of their remaining 20 video games, 12 of them are at house. San Antonio is 22-7 at AT&T Middle this season and final night time’s sport was the one rest-disadvantage sport left on their schedule.
As well as, the Spurs got here out of the All-Star break because the solely workforce within the league with extra video games remaining in opposition to the other convention than they’ve inside their very own convention. Together with their first three highway video games after the All-Star break, the Spurs will play 14 of their closing 25 video games in opposition to the East. That features six whole video games in opposition to the East’s backside 4 (two every in opposition to Atlanta, Cleveland and New York).
San Antonio gave up no less than 30 factors in each quarter Sunday in its 130-118 loss as New York snapped its franchise-worst house dropping streak at 18 video games. The Spurs then surrendered 28 within the first quarter in Brooklyn, falling behind by eight.
“It was a horrible capturing night time,” Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan mentioned, per the San Antonio Specific-Information. “Our shooters couldn’t knock down pictures they’ve been flattening all yr. We couldn’t make nothing. Then defensively, watching them knock down robust Three after Three after Three, it was sort of robust.”
“That is our third straight loss,” mentioned veteran swingman Rudy Homosexual. “That’s the frustration. It doesn’t matter how we shoot or all that different stuff. We’re simply attempting to get wins. That’s all it’s proper now.”
Info from The Related Press was used on this report.