After the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, how did it change the Western Conference?
The San Antonio Spurs dropped eight of 10 games, in a stretch that weakened their grip on a playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, Monday’s win vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, which was another nail-biter, secured the Spurs’ spot, for now.
The West picture changes every day, though, whether the Spurs win or lose, and might be the case until the season ends in April. The victory of course helped the situation, but it’s far from a sure thing in the next few weeks.
How does the playoff picture look on Mar. 6? Let’s see where the Spurs stand in this fluctuating situation:
- Houston Rockets: 49-13
- Golden State Warriors: 49-14, 0.5
- Portland Trail Blazers: 38-26, 12 GB
- New Orleans Pelicans: 36-26, 13 GB
- San Antonio Spurs: 37-27, 13 GB
- Minnesota Timberwolves: 38-28, 13 GB
- Oklahoma City Thunder: 37-28, 13.5 GB
- Denver Nuggets: 35-28, 14.5 GB
- Los Angeles Clippers: 34-28, 15 GB
- Utah Jazz: 34-30, 16 GB
The remarkable part of this playoff picture? Not that eight of these 10 teams won their most recent games, but the only one to not have an active multi-game winning streak. It’s an indication of how strong the West is, and how difficult it will be to navigate through.
Well, the Spurs’ navigation goes into high gear Thursday, with a primetime matchup vs. the Golden State Warriors. Games against the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder will follow and provide the Silver and Black one of their toughest stretches of the season, one that can define the standings. With two days before this game, let’s see how things change before it takes place.