After another heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Mavericks that has defined how the team has lost games so far this year, the San Antonio Spurs are still searching for answers. The team currently sits with a very modest 14-9 record. Losing Manu Ginobili to a freak injury never helps, and as a result the team has had to scramble to find answers in an already hectic lockout shortened season.
Add in T.J. Ford getting hurt for four to six weeks, after he had comfortably found his niche of running the offense and setting up his teammates for easy baskets, the Spurs are definitely asking a lot of their remaining healthy players.
With that said, these injuries have opened up opportunities for other little-known players to shine. Danny Green has become an instant fan favorite due to his hustle and athleticism on both sides of the court that have allowed him to take on a gigantic role off of the team's bench. Tiago Splitter has been extremely impressive early on, getting a chance to show off his improved all-around defensive game, as well as some sly post moves that compare to the best in the league.
Despite the bright spots however, as well as the injuries the team has been saddled with, they still need to focus on improving five areas drastically if they hope to go past the first round this year in the playoffs.