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Shooting With the Spurs; Still Streaking

The San Antonio Spurs extended their home winning streak to 41 games with a 93-85 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night. Think about this for one minute… The last time the Spurs have lost in the AT&T Center, cue jeopardy music, was… March of last season to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Come back to the future with me, and the Spurs win over the Thunder marks the start to an epic home stand which faces them against three of the top 6 seeds in the NBA’s Western Conference. All 3 teams: The Los Angeles Clippers, Portland TrailBlazers, Golden State Warriors could have the potential to face San Antonio in the NBA Playoffs.

Tim-Duncan-Black-White-WallpaperThe winning streak was not the only thing the Spurs had accomplished that night. With the Grizzles loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the San Antonio Spurs clinched their 5th SouthWest division title in 6 years posting a 56-10 record to that point. Also this past week, Tim Duncan surpassed yet another milestone in his unbelievable NBA career, grabbing his 15,000th rebound against the Chicago Bulls last Thursday. Only six players in NBA history have eclipsed the 15k rebound mark: Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russel, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, and now Tim Duncan. WOW! Talk about joining all-time company, and to add on, Duncan becomes only the 2nd player all time with 25,000 points, 15,000 rebounds, and 3,000 blocks. Tim Duncan is the most accomplished Spur ever, and perhaps and NBA top 10 player of all time.

The next three games will be one of the most difficult stretches of the season. First up in this 3 game stretch is the Los Angeles Clippers who come into the game with a 42-22 record, good enough for 4th in the NBA western Conference. The Clippers will still be with out Star PF Blake Griffin as he recovers from his quad injury. You might be scratching your head thinking Griffin was out with his broken hand. But actually the more serious injury is his quad, which he hurt back in December, as stated in a Sports Illustrated article. Blake Griffin’s return to the Clippers will be late March, and once medically cleared, will still face his 4 game suspension from his altercation with a team equipment manager. Without Griffin the Spurs are the heavy favorite to win their 42nd straight home game. The ensuing game will be against the Portland TrailBlazers. The TrailBlazers come in to the match as the current 6th seed in the NBA Western Conference playoff race. C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard will not score enough to beat the best defense in the NBA. So yet again, NBA analysts will pick San Antonio to win yet another home game in the AT&T Center, keeping their amazing streak alive. Streaking right in to the biggest matchup this NBA regular season has to offer. Golden State Warriors come in to the AT&T center unbeaten at Oracle Arena as well, but this isn’t Oracle. ESPN is giving the Warriors only a 37% chance to win this game. This was a stat from one of ESPN’s fancy stat computers.warriors_spurs.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterbox

In order for San Antonio to extend their home unbeaten streak against Golden State they will have to keep up the pace of play they are on. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge have scored at least 20+ points in the same night, 14 times this season. This will have to happen. San Antonio has done wonderful work on the defensive side of the ball this season. In 20 games this season the San Antonio Spurs have held their opponents to 85 or fewer points. The next closest Number in the NBA to hold opponents to under 85 points are the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavs. Both of those teams have done so in 11 games. If San Antonio can manage the shooting of Golden State, the Spurs will win the game.

Greg Popovich Stresses that at this point of the season, that wins and losses do not mean as much as the team’s development. Meaning that the Spurs have already cliched the division, and made a case for the #1 overall seed. Wins and losses do not matter as much at this point because the post season is in clear view. Resting players, getting healthy, and team chemistry are the more important to a team with Championship Dreams.

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