The San Antonio Spurs are peaking at the right time
By Andrew Ites
After a rough Rodeo Road trip marred their month of February, the San Antonio Spurs have turned it around and are playing their best basketball.
While the San Antonio Spurs had historically been extremely successful on their annual Rodeo Road Trip, fans were bracing themselves for some losses on this particular trip because the Spurs were set to play five playoff teams and one serious playoff contender on the eight-game trip.
That series of games went about as bad as you could expect from a Gregg Popovich-led team, but the Spurs deserve a lot of credit for picking themselves up off the mat and playing winning basketball once again.
San Antonio returned from the Rodeo Road Trip to sweep a three-game homestand against playoff teams in the Pistons, Thunder, and Nuggets.
Those three wins built some much-needed confidence to travel on the road and pick up an elusive win away from the AT&T Center against the Atlanta Hawks, who had been playing much better in the second half of the season.
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The Spurs then returned home to take on the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the best record in the league heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
Even without Rudy Gay, who was battling an illness at the time, San Antonio was able to recover from a devastating deficit in the first quarter and dominate the second half to pick up a comfortable win over the best team in the NBA.
The most recent win in Dallas marked the Spurs’ sixth straight victory since the end of the Rodeo Road Trip, and four of those wins have come against playoff teams. Three of those victories were also against squads who will likely have home court advantage come playoff time.
San Antonio should continue this roll that they’re on during a four-game homestand, although they do face the Blazers and Warriors during that span.
This six-game winning streak has showed that the Spurs can beat anyone in the league at home, and they’ve taken care of business on the road, which has been a struggle all year long.
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I’d like to see San Antonio win a couple of road games against playoff teams before the regular season is over, but there’s no question that the Spurs are on an upward trajectory after the season felt like it was slipping away in February.