In Spurscast episode 650, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Mission Spurs author and editor Stephen Michael focus on:
- The Spurs within the final 4 video games
- Doug McDermott anticipated to overlook the remainder of the season
- Keldon Johnson’s improved scoring post-trade deadline
The Final 4 Video games
The San Antonio Spurs went 2-2 of their final 4 video games with wins towards the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, whereas struggling losses to the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Within the win towards the Jazz, not solely did the Spurs come again from a 15-point deficit, however the win additionally put Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich in NBA historical past with 1,336 all-time regular-season wins.
By going .500 of their final 4 video games, the Spurs have moved nearer to attempting to get into the play-in sport, whereas which means on the opposite finish their lottery odds decreased with an improved document.
McDermott Anticipated to Miss The rest of Season
Wednesday the Spurs introduced ahead Doug McDermott is predicted to overlook the rest of the common season with a grade 3 proper ankle sprain.
With McDermott out, Josh Richardson is predicted to begin for the ultimate 12 video games of the season.
McDermott’s play this season is mentioned within the episode, in addition to what the staff appears to be like like with a small ball beginning 5 having Jakob Poeltl and 4 guards now within the beginning lineup going ahead.
Keldon Johnson’s Improved Scoring
Because the Spurs traded Derrick White in early February, Keldon Johnson’s scoring has elevated from 15 to twenty factors per sport. Johnson is making an attempt extra three-point makes an attempt in the course of the timeframe, whereas nonetheless capturing precisely from past the arc.
Johnson has improved his shot choice within the paint and his accuracy within the paint has elevated as nicely.
Johnson’s quantity of wide-open 3-point makes an attempt have decreased post-trade deadline. That could possibly be for considered one of two causes: a) defenses should not letting him getting as many wide-open appears to be like or b) in buying and selling White, the Spurs solely have Dejounte Murray to interrupt down the protection to get shooters open photographs constantly.