San Antonio Spurs: Is Another 50 Win Season in Sight?
By Dylan Carter
Though the San Antonio Spurs record of consecutive 50-win seasons was lost last year, 2019 may be a chance for the team to reach that threshold once more.
Two months ago, you’d be crazy to suggest that the San Antonio Spurs could potentially reach 50 wins in the 2018-19 regular season. Though each player had shown flashes of what they could provide individually, the team hadn’t exhibited the discipline and cohesiveness necessary to finish with 50+ victories.
Head coach Gregg Popovich rallied the troops and reestablished a sense of urgency within his team, resulting in the best defensive stretch of the year for San Antonio. Over their current nine-game winning streak in which the Spurs have defeated six playoff-bound teams, San Antonio has the No. 1 ranked defense in the league.
So the question remains: Could the San Antonio Spurs reach the 50-win mark once again?
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With 11 games remaining the season slate, the Spurs need to finish with a record of 8-3 or better to secure 50 wins. Of the 11 games left, only four opponents are expected to make the playoffs this year: Miami, Houston, Boston and Denver.
The largest hurdle to San Antonio’s chances is their road schedule. With the worst road record of any team in the Western Conference playoff picture, the Spurs have a winning percentage of just 37.1 percent when away from the AT&T Center. Since the end of a dreadful Rodeo Road Trip, the Spurs are 2-0 in away games and have shown an added boost of confidence as a unit.
Bringing the defensive intensity and high-level decision-making on the road is key to the Spurs’ chances this year. Playoff seeding and projections will be heavily influenced by the end-of-year performance by San Antonio.
It wouldn’t be surprising to find that the Spurs reach their 19th 50-win season in 20 years.