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San Antonio Spurs: The most important game of the season is here

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO,TX - APRIL 1 : Pau Gasol #16 of the San Antonio Spurs high fives teammates after a basket against the Houston Rockets at AT&T Center on April 1 , 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - APRIL 1 : Pau Gasol #16 of the San Antonio Spurs high fives teammates after a basket against the Houston Rockets at AT&T Center on April 1 , 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs have their backs against the wall in Saturday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The San Antonio Spurs had two opportunities to move towards the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers would have secured a spot in the crowded postseason picture. The Western Conference faced a cluster of teams from No. 3 to 10, with the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors safe at No. 1 and 2, respectively, so it was the chance for the Silver and Black to take charge.

However, with back-to-back losses against the Los Angeles teams, the margin for error slimmed down to mere games. Every game is a must-win scenario for San Antonio, and it starts with Saturday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Two wins might get the Spurs into the playoffs, pending the Denver Nuggets slow down from their four-game winning streak. It made the standings tighter than anyone expected, as one game separates the No. 5 and 9 seeds, something incredible for this late into the season. Denver can even move to No. 4, as they sit just three games from this spot.

Not only them, but the Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves all sit behind the Spurs or are tied in the standings. It only puts more pressure on San Antonio to close out the season with wins, especially at home where they are 31-8. That’s compared to a 14-26 record on the road — a mark that places them with the NBA’s worst teams, record-wise.

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The Spurs will look to move forward on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET on FSSW and NSNW. It’s arguably the most important game of the year and, with a loss, could damage their chances at the postseason and keep them out for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign.

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