The San Antonio Spurs will be one of 22 teams restarting the 2019-20 NBA regular season on July 31. When the season was suspended in March, the Spurs were 27-36 overall and in 12th place in the Western Conference standings. San Antonio during its first 63 games of the regular season was 16-14 at home and 11-22 on the road. The Spurs must play excellent basketball at the restart if they have any hope of reaching the postseason as they battle against four other teams for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
DeMar DeRozan is the leading scorer and leader in assists for San Antonio with averages of 22.2 points and 5.6 assists per game. Power Forward LaMarcus Aldridge was the second leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. San Antonio has a balanced scoring attack with seven players averaging double figures in points per game.
If San Antonio does not reach the postseason it will be the first time in the last 23 years that the Spurs did not make the playoffs. San Antonio is in a group with four other teams that includes the Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings looking for the final playoff spot in the West. DeMar DeRozan has carried the load this season offensively with a team-leading average of 22.2 points per game. Lonnie Walker IV has been the pleasant surprise of the season for the Spurs in his second season. Injuries kept Walker from displaying his talent as a rookie but this season he is shooting 43.4% from the floor and scored a career-high 28 points versus Houston in a double overtime victory.
San Antonio will have to play after restart without its second leading scorer and leading rebounder LaMarcus Aldridge who underwent shoulder surgery a few weeks ago and will not return until the start of the 2020-21 season. San Antonio has struggled all season with consistency evidenced by going 5-5 over the final 10 games before the coronavirus suspended the season. Although San Antonio has played well on the offensive end of the court the defense has been the weak link allowing 114.9 points per game which is 24th in the league. In addition, the defense allows opponents to score 37.6% of the time from 3-point territory.
The outlook is not good for San Antonio to reach the NBA postseason for a league record 23rd straight season. San Antonio will have to play without its star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge who underwent shoulder surgery earlier this month. In addition the Spurs defense has been its downfall all season allowing an average of 114.9 points per game. San Antonio will battle throughout its eight remaining games of the regular season but come up short and miss the playoffs.