Another slow start offensively for the Spurs put the team in a hole in the first minutes of the game. The Spurs went 0-for-8 and found themselves down 19-2 to the Wizards less than halfway through the opening quarter. Defensively, no one was contesting jumpers, and cuts were being allowed left and right. Luckily, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge led a 13-0 run after that to put the Spurs back in it. After the Wizards closed out the quarter shooting 1-for-10, the Spurs led 23-22 after the first.
So far this season, the Spurs have been a team of offensive runs. After the miserable start, the silver and black found themselves up by double digits in the second, but let the lead fall to four at halftime. A strong first half from Otto Porter Jr. kept the Wizards in the game, with the help of nine first half assists from John Wall.
Kawhi Leonard had yet another great performance in the first half. He has so many weapons offensively now that he's becoming an elite scorer in this league. He finished the first half with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
Danny Green's shooting struggles continue, although he's still doing well on the defensive end. The Spurs could really benefit from Danny finding his shot, though. San Antonio currently sits 26th in three-point attempts per game, and if it continues at that pace, it will need to shoot at a very good percentage to keep up with this three-point shooting league.
The Spurs have a habit so far of not putting teams away when they should, and tonight was no exception. After leading for almost three full quarters, the Spurs gave up the lead with three minutes to go in the game. San Antonio almost completely fell apart after that, with three of the nine fourth-quarter turnovers in the final few minutes.
After Tony Parker nearly bailed the team out with a late game three to tie the game with seven seconds left, a miscommunication on defense led to a wide open Bradley Beal three to win the game.
The Silver and Black struggled to keep up with the Wizards in transition, and are still figuring out how to control the pace on offense the way they used to. Like it's been said here over and over to begin the season, this is a very different Spurs team that were used to seeing, especially on the offensive end. The failure to execute late in the game was evident in this one, but will hopefully get better as the season progresses.
So, the Spurs give this one away to the Wizards, and fall to 3-2 for the season.