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The Grind of Attrition

By Jeff Koch on March 24, 2012.

I had to take a shower after that game to get the stink of it off of me.

With both teams missing at least 3 players (the Hornets only dressed 9 players), and the Spurs in the middle of the dreaded 3 games in 3 nights, there was little of elegance or grace to be found in the game. The Hornets actually played a bit sharper that the Spurs most of the night. But losing their best player before the season, having the best player that came back in the trade not even playing, and only dressing 9 players in total, there’s a reason they are the worst team in the Western Conference. The Hornets probably deserved to win, as the Spurs gave in to many of their worst habits: taking bad 3-pt shots, those created without ball movement; passing the ball too much; passing the ball not enough; driving when they should be shooting; shooting when they should be driving; not fighting for rebounds. But there’s a reason why one team has 32 wins and the other does not. As the saying goes, “talent outs”.

In the end, you never look a win in the mouth and second guess it. Sometimes battling until the end and playing hard is enough to be rewarded.

Still, I shudder to think what Sunday night’s game will be like. Hopefully with Ginobili playing and Splitter coming back, we’ll have some fresh legs to help offset the exhaustion most of the rest of the team will feel. I guess we’ll find out in less than 24 hours.

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