The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in franchise history at this point in a season. With Leonard potentially out for a fourth straight game, the Spurs will try to tighten things up defensively and continue their domination of the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. San Antonio (47-9) trails only Golden State’s 50-5 record for the best in the NBA, and the Spurs have returned from the All-Star break to win two of three.
However, they’ve allowed an average of 109.7 points over that stretch, a far cry from their league-low 92.7 on the season.
The defensive issues, which were on display in Sunday’s 118-111 win at lowly Phoenix, have come without Leonard – the reigning defensive player of the year. He’s also the team’s top scorer at 20.2 points per game, and the league’s top 3-point shooter at 48.2 percent.
“I’m concerned. It’s terrible,” Popovich said. “We stink on D right now. We’ll see if we can get better.”