The San Antonio Spurs find themselves in a 0-2 hole to the Warriors in the West Finals and they'll have to muster an incredible turn around if they want to head back to the NBA Finals.
Beating the Warriors four-out-of-five tried will not be easy and it starts this Saturday in San Antonio for Game 3.
There are many issues one can point to as the reason the Spurs are struggling coming off their Game 2 beating - Kawhi Leonard hurt, no offense, defense and the list goes on and on.
To try to pinpoint one issue, among the many, the Spurs must fix before Saturday the crew here at the Spurs Zone weighed in. Here is what they had to say:
Playing with heart.
After getting slapped around in Game 2, I would hope the team comes out hungry. Whether Kawhi is on the floor or not, the other players have to believe in themselves. Hopefully being in front of a welcoming crowd will be the shot of confidence they need. At this point, it is about heart.
Coach Popovich said it best - they looked like a team that did not believe they could win, they wanted everyone to feel sorry for themselves in Game 2. They got to let it go. Game 2 is done, Kawhi's injury happened, the Warriors aren't feeling sorry for them and it is time to come in with a clear head and intensity.
Take care of the ball.
The Spurs have coughed the ball up 19 times in Games 1 and 2. The Spurs cannot gift wrap easy buckets to a team that does not need help offensively. In Game 1 the Spurs turned the ball over 19 times for 30 Warriors points and in Game 2, 19 times for 31 Warriors points.
Unacceptable and this needs to be fixed ASAP.
The one change I'd like to see for the rest of the Wstern Conference Finals out of the Spurs is seeing more of LaMarcus Aldridge dominating the low-post.
He's been receiving entry passes in the post around the elbow whereas he should be posting up smaller defenders like Draymond Green on the low block.
San Antonio signed arguably the best power forward in the game at the time two summers ago and it's about time LaMarcus starts acting like it.
Scoring just five points in Game 2 isn't going to cut it. The Spurs need more out of him if they want any chance at coming back from an 0-2 deficit in the West Finals.