Spurs, Pacers head into matchup coming off losses
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The San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers face each other tonight for the only time this season – and both teams are looking to bounce back from losses.
The Pacers have lost three straight, after winning seven in a row. The Spurs lost Sunday to the New York Knicks, so they’re not in quite the same position as Indiana. However, their longest losing streak this season has been two in a row, and that’s only happened twice. They’re looking to avoid making it three times.
The struggle of playing back-to-back games usually shows for most teams, but not for the Spurs: They’re 8-1 this season in game two of a back-to-back pairing. And as with most things, they’re pretty darn good on the road; they’ve only lost seven away games this season.
Tonight’s matchup will pit two of the best two-way players – Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – against each other. Both Leonard and George are playing in the All-Star game this weekend, for the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, respectively. The struggle for both of them tonight is to stay focused.
“We want to go into the break playing well,” George said. “We still have a chance to do so. Hopefully, everybody has a chance to clear their minds and come back Monday ready to go.”
Leonard agreed. “The last stretch you have to stay mentally focused.”
The Spurs and the Pacers are pretty evenly matched on offense. The Spurs are 10th in the league in points per game, and the Pacers are 14th. On the defensive end, however, the Spurs lead the NBA, while the Pacers lag in 14th. Indiana will have a tough time keeping Leonard from scoring 30 points or more.