3 Players who must step up in order for the Spurs to make the playoffs

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Lonnie Walker of the San Antonio Spurs celebrates with Bryn Forbes.
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The San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of their most difficult season in two decades, here are three guys who must step up in the second half if San Antonio wants to make the playoffs

At the halfway point of the season, the San Antonio Spurs sit at 19-23 and in 9th place in the Western Conference. For a team that has been accustomed to perennial success, this season has been a tough pill to swallow for Spurs fans and players alike.

Even if everything had gone exactly how the Spurs had hoped, making the playoffs still would have been a difficult task. With star’s paring up on both sides of the Staples Center, in Houston, young MVP candidates taking over in Dallas and Denver, and an Oklahoma City team playing well past its expected level, San Antonio’s route to the postseason was always going to be difficult.

The Spurs’ first half of the season featured several black eyes. Near league-worst defense, questionable rotations, and the longest losing streak in Gregg Popovich’s tenure as head coach have all made the first half of the season one of the most frustrating in a long, long time.

That being said, there is always a silver lining to be found, if you look hard enough. Sure, San Antonio is out of the playoffs right now but only by one half of a game. And with the 15th most difficult strength of schedule to end the season, according to Tankathon, the Spurs should have plenty of opportunities to get back into the thick of things.

It’ll take a team effort but it’s doable. Here are three guys who will need to step up in the second half in order for the San Antonio Spurs to make the playoffs.

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