Since losing Manu Ginobili at the start of the season, the San Antonio Spurs have not done many things wrong. Coach Gregg Popovich inserted a more defensive presence into the starting lineup in Kawhi Leonard, giving his team more size on the guard/forward spots where Leonard’s wingspan has been able to bother perimeter players.
As a result, however, both Tony Parker and Tim Duncan have had to take on more of the scoring load. Sometimes they do fine, other times they have off games. It is the nature of the business.
With a victory last night over the New Orleans Hornets, the Spurs sit at a comfortable 15-9 mark despite missing arguably their best player.
No offense to Tim Duncan, who the team still relies on heavily in the post, but Manu is the driving force behind the Spurs’ success in recent years.
The Spurs are not a perfect squad, and they certainly have things to improve. However, after winning three in a row and getting nicely adjusted to life without Manu for now, teams in the NBA will undoubtedly be a little weary when they still see S.A. near the top of the rankings, and a healthy, antsy Ginobili ready to get back on the court.