DeRozan ran up the stairs in his escape from James, backing away wasn't very Spursian of him, but these are not the Spurs we're used to.
Before the Knicks, the Spurs had lost eight straight, it was the franchise's longest such streak since 1996.
Though there's always a pro-Pop stat to look at, even in the bad times: San Antonio is the only team without a nine-game losing streak in the last 30 years.
In his 24 seasons as head coach, Gregg Popovich has turned around many sorry teams by recasting roster shortcomings as strengths.
Pop's superannuated midrange offense may not pull through to the new decade (They shoot the fewest 3s.). The stats are damning, the aura is lost.
San Antonio's tenacious reputation spans decades. When I think of the Spurs, I think of defense.
The Spurs organization used to run like a Ferris wheel. New players were added at each stop while those in their primes were at the top.
It rotated season by season, cycling out the old with freshly groomed talent.
It's not fair to say Kawhi Leonard broke the system, but he at least disrupted it by asking for a trade.
It's strange to see a Spurs team without direction. There's no clear next step, either this season or long-term.
Part of Popovich's legend is his ability to pull teams together.
There's still time for the Spurs to recover, but not getting a playoffs seed would mark the official end to an era, one that was expected to conclude with his retirement.