The 2018 NBA Season has ended for the San Antonio Spurs. It was a good season but not what most fans were looking for. 2018 Season seemed to be the one of the lowest points in the history of the San Antonio Spurs.
This season, the Spurs has been plagued by injuries and death of family members. Joffrey Lauvergne lost a loved one as well as Coach Pop who lost his wife, Erin Popovich on April 18, 2018 just to name some. There was also the drama with Kawhi Leonard, Spurs top notch player who played only 9 games this season. According to Wikipedia, “Leonard missed the first 27 games of the season with a right quadriceps injury, making his season debut on December 12, 2017, with a minutes restriction against the Dallas Mavericks. He made his first three shots and scored six of the Spurs’ first eight points. In 16 minutes, he had 13 points, six rebounds, an assist and a block. He left the game in the third quarter and the Spurs lost 95–89. On December 26, 2017, in just his fifth game of the season, Leonard scored a season-high 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting in a 109–97 win over the Brooklyn Nets. On January 2, 2018, he set a new season high with 25 points in a 100–91 win over the New York Knicks. Three days later, in a game against the Phoenix Suns, Leonard suffered a partial tear in his left shoulder. He returned to action on January 13 after missing three games and scored 19 points in a 112–80 win over the Denver Nuggets. Four days later however, he was ruled out for an indefinite period of time in order to continue his rehabilitation process from right quadriceps tendinopathy. Leonard was subsequently cleared to play by the Spurs medical staff, but he solicited a second opinion from his own doctors, and spent the All-Star break in the New York area consulting a specialist and going through further rehab.”
The Spurs entered the 1st Round of Playoffs against Golden State Warriors who does not have Steph Curry but has Durant and Zaza Pachulia – the one responsible for Kawhi’s injury. Yes, that guy.
It was already expected that the Spurs would be in the Playoffs but it was also doubted because this Season, they never reached the 50+ Wins. The record stands at 47 Wins – 35 Losses. Still, impressive considering that it’s almost LaMarcus Aldridge who does everything. He has been the Best Spur this season. He almost carried the team night in, night out. His record? Here:
2017 – 18 MPG FG% 3P% FT% PPG RPG APG BPG
POSTSEASON 35.2 46.3 60 97.6 23.6 9.2 2.4 0.4
CAREER STATS 34.6 48.9 28.8 80.6 19.4 8.3 1.9 1.1
Dejounte Murray also was a good addition to the Spurs this season. Again, as per Wikipedia “In the Spurs’ season opener on October 18, 2017, Murray had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists while starting in place of Parker in a 107–99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Five days later, he recorded 14 rebounds in a 101–97 win over the Toronto Raptors. In the Spurs’ previous game against the Chicago Bulls, Murray hauled in 10 rebounds. Murray became just the second Spurs point guard to have multiple double-digit rebounding performances in the same season—Rod Strickland had two double-digit rebounding games in the 1989–90 season. On December 9, 2017, he tied his career high with 14 rebounds in a 104–101 win over the Phoenix Suns. On January 21, 2018 against the Indiana Pacers, Murray started over long-time Spurs starting point guard Tony Parker as a coach’s decision by Gregg Popovich. Murray had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes in a 94–86 loss.
Two days later, he had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in his second start since replacing a healthy Tony Parker, helping the Spurs defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114–102. On February 3, 2018, in a 120–111 loss to the Utah Jazz, Murray became the first player since Kawhi Leonard with 500 points and 300 rebounds in his first 100 games with the Spurs. On March 19, 2018, in an 89–75 win over the Warriors, Murray had eight rebounds to set the franchise record for rebounds in a single season by a point guard. Murray reached 385 rebounds in 1,436 minutes, surpassing Johnny Moore’s total of 378 collected in 2,689 minutes. In Game 4 of the Spurs’ first-round playoff series against the Warriors, Murray was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers in the first half, the most 3s made in the playoffs without a miss by a Spurs player since Steve Kerr (2003) and Patty Mills (2014) were 4 for 4 in a half.”
Also worth noting are some of the Spurs that have been part of this season: Bryn Forbes, Davis Bertans, Kyle Anderson and Brandon Paul.
Yes, the season has ended for the Spurs but it is not yet over. Things will be a bit interesting this coming summer for them. I also hope that GSW and Cavs would lose this season and let other team face off for the Championship. That would be really interesting.
There also was the issue with Manu Ginobili. I have seen the look on his face before when the Spurs lost a Game 5 too. One of the pictures, (the one from Bleacher Report NBA) caught me off guard. It was like Tim Duncan’s. I hope Manu returns, but if not, I will respect that. He has already given all he could, all his best. If he retires… then, THANK YOU MANU!
Thank you San Antonio Spurs for a great season! See you next Season!