I've gotta say that I missed Kawhi Leonard. Every day while he was out I hoped that he would return sooner than later. It turned into later, but his return was completely brillian. I spent plenty of time thinking about his return, but even so, I wasn't really prepared for how much he brings to the team. Sure his defense is among the best in the league, and his rebounding was missed in his absence, but every game he plays in he makes great things happen in transition with his steals and his dunks. My confidence in the team is so much higher with him on the floor. This win wasn't just about Kawhi though. The entire team gave great effort and they really excelled at sharing the ball. It wasn't a perfect game by any means, as the turnovers were a problem and at times the team struggled to secure defensive rebounds, but there were plenty of bright spots in the game. The good guys never seemed to be on top of their game and in that, it would seem that the top of their game is quite high. 34 assists, 54% shooting, nine players between eight and twenty points and it looked like the Spurs were at maybe 60% of their potential--I mean, Tony Parker didn't even play as he's still nursing a variety of maladies. Yes, it was the Pistons, who have now lost 6-of-7 since beating the Spurs back on the 10th, but don't you just sense the team coming together at the right time? San Antonio survived all of those injuries, won two thirds of their games on the RRT, and find themselves just one game back in the loss column to OKC for first in the West. Homecourt advantage through the first three rounds of the playoffs is fully in reach for the team, and just as they get everyone back. That's a heck of a position to be in with 14 of the last 25 games at home and only 12 against teams over .500.
Spurs pound Pistons in Homecoming, 120-110
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