Stretch-four LaMarcus Aldridge seems to have found his identity with the Spurs averaging 17.5 points and seven rebounds in his second year with the team.
"We lost focus in the third quarter with eight turnovers - their pressure was good and we didn't react to it very well", Popovich said afterward.
Sacramento Kings guard Arron Afflalo, center, passes as he drives between San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge, left, and Danny Green, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. "We love to win them all, but (a loss) will be good for us". In helping the Spurs to a 102-94 win on October 27 at Sacramento, Dedmon notched 12 points and four blocks in 24 minutes, all season highs.
"We didn't have that level of awareness and we weren't moving the ball as much as we should have been early in the season", Gasol said. "Teammates found me early tonight and I was able to be effective". That's the way we want to start and continue to play 48 minutes the same way. I'm getting more comfortable.
Pau Gasol had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead a balanced offense for the Spurs in a 110-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Perhaps it's no coincidence the winning streak has taken place after Parker returned from a sore right knee that caused the veteran point guard to miss three straight games. "We're at our best when we're moving the ball, creating an energy and flow that carries over to the defensive end".
"Shootarounds, we don't take them serious". I think nearly all fans would have taken a 9-3 start before the season started considering all of the changes the franchise has gone through since last season. Miami also forced the Spurs into a season high turnovers. I feel like the last couple of games Pau has gotten into that nice fit.
The San Antonio Spurs haven't lost on the road this season but that mark is about to get tested.
Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action and Darren Collison finished with 10 points and six assists. Reserve center Dewayne Dedmon sprained his left knee and will also miss Friday's game.
With Dedmon missing, Gregg Popovich turned to rookie power forward Davis Bertans.
DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points, while Matt Barnes came off the bench to score 15 and ben McLemore added 14. In his last four, Gasol averaged 18.0 points, 8.3 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.5 steals.
9-3 is good, and it keeps the Spurs in the three-seed in the Western Conference.