Lets go ahead and acknowledge the elephant in the room known as the Spurs very poor defense. Admittedly, Last night was a step in the right direction. While the Spurs defense faltered badly at the crucial moments (mainly inside, when Pecovic and Love were able to successfully role to the basket and score) Minny was still held to a defensively respectable 44%.
HOWEVER, regardless of any of the teams other significant subplots, (the absence of Manu and TJ, the inept defense by Bonner and some of the others) you have to wonder how its possible for the Spurs defense to be THIS bad, they are ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency.
The main factor here seems to be the absence of Dice. He was always tasked with checking the other players best big man, he had pretty good lateral mobility, and I think he would have been able to stay with the guys who killed us last night. Timmy can no longer move laterally...
Do we need another defensive Power forward?
Does anyone think Pop might be faltering in the respect of holding the teams defensive attention ?
Please offer up your suggestions on how to improve the defense.