Back in the 1981-82 NBA season, when Michael Ray Richardson uttered the famous line, “The ship be sinking,” his New York Knicks closed out their regular season campaign with a record of 33-49. While things are nowhere near as dire in San Antonio, the recent stretch of adversity feels like uncharted waters for Spurs faithful, who have grown accustomed to unwavering success with Gregg Popovich at the helm. Although San Antonio’s recent dip in the standings can be directly attributed to injuries to key personnel, the precipitous decline NBA pundits predicted when Tim Duncan retired appears to have finally arrived for the Spurs. As any team would struggle without their best player for extended stretches, a healthy Kawhi Leonard shifts the narrative. Leonard hasn’t been the same player since last season’s Western Conference Finals versus the Warriors, who arrive in San Antonio poised for yet another deep playoff run. Look for Dejounte Murray and San Antonio’s other young guns to continue to make the most of their extended time on the court.