Gregg Popovich knows the Spurs led by Keldon Johnson and Victor Wembanyama are up there despite their loss to Jimmy Butler’s Heat squad.
The San Antonio Spurs were so close to notching a win over last year’s runners-up. Keldon Johnson and Victor Wembanyama looked like they were thriving along with the help of Gregg Popovich’s schematics. Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Duncan Robinson proved to be too much of a challenge for them. Although, there seems to be a silver lining despite the loss to the Miami Heat. It was unveiled by the Spurs coach in his evaluation after the heartbreak, via Paul Garcia of Project Spurs.
“The effort is there. I can see the wheels turning. Nobody likes to lose,” was the wise statement that Gregg Popovich declared amid the Spurs’ close defeat.
In almost every facet of the game, the Spurs appeared more impressive. Victor Wembanyama observed that his team was effective on both ends of the court. Their field goal percentage of 46.2% was higher than the Heat’s 43.8%. Additionally, they improved their box out positioning, which resulted in 50 rebounds, nine more than their opponents. With his 20 points, Keldon Johnson set the stage for a scoring spree that saw five other Spurs players score in double figures.
Their inability to prevent the ball from being taken away had a major role in the defeat. The Spurs’ demise was sealed when they committed 17 turnovers throughout the course of the four quarters. Additionally, they committed 21 fouls, which allowed Jimmy Butler and company to score baskets from the charity stripe. They had the opportunity to win already, but inexperienced players tend to make blunders. Popovich will undoubtedly be able to resolve issues going forward and reduce the accidents.