The San Antonio Spurs are still mathematically alive in their quest for home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.
Although their chances of surpassing the Golden State Warriors for the top seed in the West appeared slim going into last night’s action, Golden State’s shocking overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oakland has swung the door ever so slightly open for the Spurs to make a move.
The Warriors (69-9) and the Spurs (65-12) play each other two more times in the upcoming week. If the Spurs were to win both of those games, not only would they decrease the gap in the standings between the two teams, but they’d suddenly own the tiebreaker if both teams were to finish with the same record.
The two Western Conference powerhouses are 1-1 against each other, with the Warriors winning the previous game played in Oakland and the Spurs winning the game previously played in San Antonio. A final record of 3-1 against the Warriors would give the Spurs the advantage if both teams were to finish with identical records.
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The Warriors would have to win less than two more games from here on out for this scenario to take affect. They play the Spurs twice and the Memphis Grizzlies twice to finish out the regular season. This is a nightmarish final stretch for Golden State; the Grizzlies were the team that gave them the most problems during their playoff run that culminated in a championship last season.
If the Spurs were to win both games against the Warriors, they’d have to rely on the Grizzlies to win at least one of those games against the Dubs. Besides Golden State, the Spurs have remaining games against the Nuggets in Denver, the Thunder in San Antonio, and the Mavericks in Dallas.While it will certainly be difficult for the Spurs to win out, their remaining schedule is easier than what the Warriors have to face.
This is going to be a fantastic finish to a special regular season.