Even without Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs have maintained a slight edge at the top of the Western Conference standings. But that could be in jeopardy if the Spurs don't shore up their defense, which has been uncharacteristically poor in recent games.
San Antonio's home dominance against the Golden State Warriors also may be in danger of ending.
The Spurs will try to beat the Warriors for the 29th straight time in San Antonio on Wednesday night.
San Antonio (51-16) has managed to stay afloat without Parker, remaining in first place and going 5-2 since he suffered a left ankle sprain. Still, with the playoffs a month away, the team is looking to improve what has been less-than-stellar defense of late.
The Spurs beat Cleveland 119-113 at home Saturday, but let the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers shoot 50.6 percent. San Antonio, which is allowing 96.5 points per game this season, has yielded 107 or more in three of its last five games, with those five opponents shooting 50...