After Rough Start, Spurs Need Offense and Defense To Come Together

November 19th, 2009 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
"Come together, right now"

—The Beatles

So, San Antonio defended at a championship level in Dallas and still failed to capture its first road victory?

Jefferson was awful in the clutch again, and the offense looked at times like it belonged in New Jersey or Minnesota, not in the Alamo City.

Manu Ginobili re-joined Tony Parker on the injured list late in the first quarter. With Shawn Marion, Josh Howard and Erick Dampier out for Dallas, call it a fair fight.

The Mavericks edged the Spurs 99-94 in overtime in another classic that felt like a dud for San Antonio after a painful finish. After a clutch basket and block on Jason Terry, Tim Duncan missed two gimme layups in the extra minutes.

Oh yeah. The Spurs are the only team in the playoff hunt without a victory away from home.

Terry bricked 15 of 19 shots. Many of Dirk Nowitzki's 15 of 29 makes were as contested as possible. The Mavs shot 40 percent and drilled only three of 19 treys.

None of that matters after a tough-to-swallow loss.

Should I keep piling on the gloom?

Coach Gregg Popovich would prefer to n ...

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