- Created on Monday, 17 December 2012 22:26
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Jeff Noital
Before any fans have it set in their minds to blow up the team in some way or trade pieces for another big or impact player, take into account the following factors that played into the game.
Schedule: It may be an exhausted reason for the Spurs so far this year but, before the win against Boston this past weekend, the Spurs came from another hellish trip of 6 games in 9 days with one day off to travel to OKC for the game. This is a difficult task for a young team and the Spurs have been playing hard through it with an aging core.
Injuries: The team has been going through a tough schedule with a short rotation. With injuries to Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard (also remember that Stephen Jackson is not in game shape), the Spurs ran all their available players for double digit minutes while the Thunder played their core for the majority of the game. When a team is tired as a whole. The Thunder also played the Kings on their homecourt with two days off for a game at home, no travel or jet lag.
Fatigue: Even though the Boston Celtics were coming off a back to back, they were thought by a good number of people to beat the Spurs because of San Antonio's rough schedule. The Spurs seemed fatigued (and admitted it to broadcasters apparently as Sean Elliott wasn't shy to point out during the game) but battled through it to get a solid win over Boston. The Spurs have played an away heavy schedule with travel after the games. As a healthy team you'd be worried about fatigue, but with an injury riddled team you'd expect them to be hit with it sooner rather than later as they have been. They have another game on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets in Denver, so don't be surprised if they come out flat again with a different altitude hindering their play and energy.
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