The San Antonio Spurs (44-9) lost to the Philadelphia 76ers (25-28) last night, 77 to 71, in Philadelphia on their Rodeo Road Trip.
After the game I caught up with the newest Spur, Steve Novak, and got his thoughts on the Spurs loss, playing for the Spurs, learning from "Coach B" and more.
Jeff: Spurs have a difficult time playing in Philadelphia. The Sixers have now won four straight games over San Antonio here in Philadelphia. What is it about this team at home that gives the Spurs troubles?
Steve: You know what? I just think tonight obviously on our side we just didn't shoot the ball well. But they [Sixers] played great. Look at how many deflections they had, how active they were on defense, I think they made it difficult for us to kind of get into what we needed to get into. I think on some plays they had deflections on three, four different passes. I think that they just played really good. And credit goes to them obviously. We've been playing well and we came in here and they were ready for us.
Is this loss to the Sixers a sign that fatigue might be setting in for this team in this long road trip?
No I don't think so. I think if any team that I've seen that has mastered in terms of keeping guys fresh and really understanding what the bodies feel like, I think it's these guys (Spurs). Coach Popovich does a great job at walk-throughs and practices in keeping guys fresh, even mentally. He doesn't over do things especially at this point. These are all veteran guys who have been through it so they know what to do with their bodies. So I don't think it's fatigue. I think if anything it's just we came in here and ran into a buzz saw with how well they were playing.
What happened towards the end of the game when the ball was in Ginboili's hands? Was that a play gone wrong or what the Sixers did defensively?