How Will the Spurs Fare in Back-to-Back Sets?

By George Middleton
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Last season, the San Antonio Spurs had 21 sets of back-to-back games. That’s 42 games of an 82-game season. This means that the Spurs played on a second consecutive night for one-fourth of the NBA season. The Spurs went 26-16 in back-to-backs.

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Surprisingly on the second night of a back-to-back set the Spurs went 15-6 on the second night of a back-to-back. The Spurs won 10 of their 11 final games on the second night of a back-to-back set, which is incredible. According to an article on RotoGrinders teams win around 43% of their second of a back-t0-back games.

Mar 24, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs center

Tiago Splitter

(22), forward

Tim Duncan

(21), guard

Tony Parker

(9), and forward

Kawhi Leonard

(2) sit on the bench during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In March, the Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder by 39 the day after a 7 point loss in Dallas. In their final back-to-back set the Spurs beat the Rockets by 12, a day after beating the Thunder by 25 points. The Spurs most impressive back-to-back set came on November 10-11. On November 10 the Spurs beat the Clippers on the road by 4. The next day the Spurs beat the Warriors in Golden State by 13 points. Just to give you and idea of how impressive this was, the Warriors went 39-2 at home last season.

This season it’s a different Spurs team. The Spurs added LaMarcus Aldridge, David West, and Ray McCallum. The Spurs lost Marco Belinelli, Tiago Splitter, Cory Joseph, and Aron Baynes.

This years Spurs team will fare better in back-to-backs because of Aldridge. When Coach Gregg Popovich decides to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, he has Aldridge, who can take over. Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard will be the Spurs best players next season and they will be available if healthy. It’s unlikely that either player rests. When Duncan sits, West will likely start. West is a terrific backup option for the Spurs. He is a two-time All-Star who averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds with Indiana last season.

This season the Spurs have 16 sets of back-to-back games. Strangely enough the Spurs play the Lakers three times on their second night of a back-to-back.

The most difficult set is arguably on March 25-26. The Spurs will take on Memphis on the 25th and travel to Oklahoma City the next day.

The Spurs end their season with a back-to-back set against Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks on April 12-13. The Mavericks will probably fighting for one of the final playoff spots, which will make the game a tough one.

Spurs fans should have no concern about the Spurs playing on consecutive days.

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