San Antonio Spurs: Don’t Worry About These Final Games.
By Matthew Perez
The San Antonio Spurs have lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers this past week, worrying some Spurs fans on Twitter.
It’s human nature to worry about your team’s play down the stretch of the season, considering the playoffs are so close. The Spurs have been shaky, losing to the Lakers on Wednesday, and losing the Clippers on Saturday.
However, let’s cut to the chase: There is no reason to be worried.
As it’s human nature for fans to worry about their team’s play, it’s human nature for the players on the Spurs to lose focus at this point in the season.
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Think about it: The Spurs are locked into the second seed in the West, and winning or losing games means nothing in the long run. If anything, they’re already thinking about the post-season.
Granted, it was the Lakers, one of the worst teams in the NBA. By the same token, the Spurs probably had a hard time getting pumped for that game, and came out flat. Simple as that.
The game against the Clippers was taken more seriously, as they are a playoff team that the Spurs can potentially play in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Spurs came up short. It happens.
Let’s not forget the Spurs still have 61 wins, and could finish the season with 63. Even if they lose the last two games against the Portland TrailBlazers and the Utah Jazz, the Spurs will still one of their best regular seasons ever.
Not to mention, head coach Gregg Popovich has done a stellar job (to no one’s surprise) at resting his players systematically the last two weeks or so. However, since the Spurs played less-than-stellar basketball against the Clippers, the resting is over, says Popovich.
Coach Pop says the Spurs won't rest any players Monday at Portland & Wednesday at Utah to end the season: pic.twitter.com/9uaLbE4Bqa
— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) April 9, 2017
Per usual, Popovich is right. You want players to be rested, not rusty, and the Spurs have two games left in the season to get that rhythm back before the playoffs begin.
I’m not a betting man, but if I were, i’d bet the Spurs come out with some fire tonight, and put away the Blazers in Portland, before heading to Utah for the final game of the season.
The main concern heading into the playoffs is health, and once Danny Green returns to the lineup, the Spurs will be as healthy as they been ALL season. That, in conjunction with an MVP-caliber Kawhi Leonard, and the Spurs are more than ready for the Memphis Grizzlies.
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