Spurs coach Gregg Popovich emerged from the visitors locker room at Target Center on Tuesday night, in no mood to dissect all that had gone wrong in his team’s 107-83 loss to Minnesota.

The laundry list was long. And he had a plane home to catch.

“Pick something,” Popovich said. “Pick it and write it. You saw the game.”

This much has become evident during a roller coaster week of win-one, lose-one: Be it media hack or coach, evaluating the Spurs as a championship contender is a pointless endeavor until they get all their key players back for good.

In the span of five days, the Spurs wrapped blowout losses to mediocre Portland and Minnesota teams, by a combined 54 points, around a 105-93 victory over powerful Oklahoma City that was perhaps their best of the season.

“We’ve got to get things together,” a visibly frustrated Manu Ginobili said in Minnesota, “and go back to who we were.”

If the Spurs have not always looked themselves lately, it’s because they haven’t exactly been themselves.

They have played the past five games without All-Star point guard Tony Parker, shelved with a left ankle sprain. Tonight against Dallas at the AT&T Center, the Spurs will play their sixth.

In addition, they traveled to Minnesota without All-Star forward Tim Duncan and starting small forward Kawhi Leonard, each resting sore left knees.

There are roughly five weeks to go before the start of the playoffs. The Spurs aim to spend them getting healthy and getting on the same page, in that order.

“We need to get that chemistry before playoff time,” guard Danny Green said. “That’s the most important thing.”