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The young Spurs are still learning how to finish close contests

Noah Magaro-George and Damien Bartonek chat about San Antonio’s struggles closing game, rotations, and the loss of Jakob Poeltl.

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The Silver and Black are now 2-6, their worst start since they finished 20-62 and secured the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. But with more than 70 games remaining on their regular-season schedule and an easier slate of opponents on the horizon, head coach Gregg Popovich and crew have more than enough time to turn things.

Despite sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, San Antonio is probably a better team than their record suggests. Though the Spurs have seen welcoming spikes in production from Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, and Devin Vassell, this young and inexperienced squad has struggled to close out winnable contests.

Damien Bartonek joins me for a second consecutive week on this edition of Alamo City Limits to discuss poor crunch-time performances, positional battles, and how the Spurs can overcome the loss of Jakob Poeltl to health and safety protocols. Enjoy the podcast? Then don’t forget to leave a five-star review and subscribe for weekly updates.