The 2018 NBA Playoffs are just two months away. Where do the San Antonio Spurs stand amidst the chase for a playoff spot?
The 2018 NBA Playoffs will kick off in exactly two months from Sunday, even though it feels like yesterday when Kawhi Leonard injured his ankle on the Zaza Pachulia closeout and San Antonio Spurs fans threw their arms up in anger. That was nearly nine months ago already.
As of Saturday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs are 57 games into their 82-game schedule. So just 25 remain before a potential playoff matchup, barring a late-season collapse from the Silver and Black.
As of Feb. 11, let’s look at where San Antonio stands, along with its projected playoff matchup in the Western Conference:
- Golden State Warriors: 43-13
- Houston Rockets: 41-13
- San Antonio Spurs: 35-22
- Minnesota Timberwolves: 34-24
- Portland Trail Blazers: 31-25
- Oklahoma City Thunder: 31-25
- Denver Nuggets: 30-26
- New Orleans Pelicans: 29-26
The early playoff projection sees the Spurs (No. 3) face the Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 6). These teams faced off twice in the 2017-18 season, both of which resulted in three-point scoring margins. The first matchup went to the Spurs, 104-101, on Nov. 17, while Oklahoma City secured the second game, 90-87 on Dec. 3.
The Spurs and Thunder will not play again until Mar. 10 and on Mar. 29. It’s a relatively short window between the final game and the start of the playoffs, pending the standings, remain how they look on Feb. 11.
Of course, players to watch for are Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams. It’s a series the Spurs can certainly use Kawhi Leonard in, who still does not have a timetable to return. He would be the difference maker to offset some of the offensive firepower Anthony, George and Westbrook bring, but it’s no guarantee the “Klaw” even comes back before the playoffs start.
Who will the Spurs face in the playoffs? The standings will fluctuate, but let’s see what the next projection shows.