The San Antonio Spurs dropped their second consecutive game and eighth in the last 10. How did this impact the latest Western Conference standings?
With Saturday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, it dropped the San Antonio Spurs to 36-27. It’s the team’s fifth loss in their last six games, which turned the tables of the Western Conference standings, at least outside the No. 1 Houston Rockets and No. 2 Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs had a grip on No. 3, but the recent string of losses caused them to fall down the latter, even if it was just by one or two games. Attribute that to the red-hot play of the majority of the conference, including a seven game winning streak from the New Orleans Pelicans and when the Utah Jazz ripped off 10 in a row.
So, how did the loss officially change the standings? Let’s update it for Mar. 4:
- Houston Rockets: 49-13
- Golden State Warriors: 49-14, 0.5 GB
- Portland Trail Blazers: 37-26: 12.5 GB
- Minnesota Timberwolves: 38-28, 13 GB
- New Orleans Pelicans: 35-26, 13.5 GB
- San Antonio Spurs: 36-27, 13.5 GB
- Oklahoma City Thunder: 37-28, 13.5 GB
- Denver Nuggets: 35-28, 14.5 GB
- Los Angeles Clippers: 33-28, 15.5 GB
- Utah Jazz: 33-30, 16.5 GB
There’s actually a chance the Spurs do not make the playoffs. Two games separate them from the Los Angeles Clippers, and with a schedule from hell on the way that pits them against most of the West’s potential playoff teams, it could shrink this deficit or lead to a fall out of the playoff race. Given the past 20 years, that seems unthinkable, but this 2-8 stretch put the Silver and Black in a dangerous spot. Especially when almost everyone around them surged.
Before the schedule gets difficult, the Spurs will play the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. The Rockets, Thunder and Warriors follow in the next three games, so it’s arguably a must-win scenario before things potentially take an unpleasant turn.