Nah, I wouldn’t panic or question the loss. Based on another thread and comments, if this game were all that important to the Spurs, Pop would have shown some kind of emotion on the sidelines during the game, which he didn’t. I would suspect that the players were briefed that Portland would probably play and defend like any cornered, wounded animal trying to defend their lives and would come out full of energy. The Spurs players were probably told to at least give some effort to win the game but if the Blazers were a little overwhelming and winning wasn’t in immediate grasp, not to compromise health status and wait til the series reverted back to home court in SA. Our main core first string sat out most of the game, should be well rested for Wednesday’s game while Portland’s main core played a majority of last night’s game, expending a lot of energy to satisfy a win. With our home court fans behind us tomorrow night, we should hit the ground running and play at peak emotion. Just hope that kind of strategy doesn’t backfire and give added confidence to the Blazers. At least that’s how I view it.
I started out with nothing and I have most of it left.