Depth and fitness will be put to the test when the San Antonio Spurs host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night with both teams playing the second game of a back-to-back.
The Spurs will look to pick up the pieces after a 107-87 home dismantling by Miami on Wednesday. San Antonio was up 53-51 at halftime after shooting 51.3 percent from the floor over the first two periods but never solved the Heat’s half-court, zone-press defense in the second half.
The Spurs shot just 28.9 percent after halftime and went more than six minutes of the fourth quarter without a field goal.
“Based on how we played and on how they stuck with their press, [Miami] deserved to win,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said after the loss. “It was a good effort through about 3 1/2 quarters; then they got hot on top of us playing poorly on the offensive end, and that was a bad combination. They ended up kicking our butts.”