Why Must the San Antonio Spurs Must Win Their Season Finale?

By George Middleton

It’s simple the Spurs can drop to sixth place if they lose after all that hard work (11 straight wins) they have done to get to a position to finish in second place in the West.

The Spurs take on the New Orleans Pelicans on the road on Wednesday in their season finale. The game will be a difficult test as the Pelicans are playing for the playoffs. The Pelicans are tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth seed at 44-37 and the Pelicans hold the tiebreaker.

Apr 12, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard

Danny Green

(14) and

Manu Ginobili

(20) block out Phoenix Suns forward

T.J. Warren

(12) after a free throw during the game at AT&T Center. Spurs won 107-91. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

It’s almost a certainty that the Oklahoma City Thunder will beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, losers of 11 straight. This means one thing, the playoffs have basically begun for the Pelicans and this is their game seven.

If the Spurs beat the Pelicans they clinch the second overall seed and they will take on the seventh seeded Dallas Mavericks. Grabbing the second seed is important because they will get home-court against every team in the West, except against Golden State.

Losing this game can put the Spurs in danger of having to take on the Houston Rockets or the Memphis Grizzlies without home-court in the first round.

A win will put them in a comfortable position as they will take on a slumping Dallas Mavericks team. The Spurs did only go 2-2 against the Mavericks which indicates that the Mavericks are capable of beating them, but the Spurs are a different animal right now.

The Spurs know that Dallas goes toe-to-toe with them as they showed last season when they took the Spurs to seven games.

If the Spurs don’t win they will have to go on the road in the first round. On the season the Spurs are only 22-18 on the road, compared to their 33-8 at home. In a positive note, the Spurs have won 6 of their last 7 games away from home.

Playing a physical Memphis team or a terrific shooting Rockets team without home court is much more of a challenge than taking on the Mavericks with home court. The Mavericks are arguably the worst team of the group and one of their better players (Chandler Parsons) has missed the past five games with a knee injury.

With all that said, Tim Duncan and company will have to stop Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. It won’t be easy!

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