The first stretch of the Rodeo Road Trip was full of difficulties and took a brutal toll on the San Antonio Spurs playoff hopes.
The Rodeo Road Trip is an annual right of passage that every iteration of the San Antonio Spurs must endure. As this year’s group journeyed around the Western Conference, taking on some of the best teams in the league along the way, we did our best to keep expectations relatively low.
We knew that the near month-long road trip would test the Spurs and push the limits of their playoff candidacy, but it’s been somehow more frustrating than expected. The Spurs have won just one of their first six road contests. Their lone win of the RRT came on Tuesday night on the back of Dejounte Murray‘s career-best night.
The Spurs get a break now, one they desperately need. As no players are taking part in All-Star Weekend, the whole team will have quite a bit of time off to decompress and then refocus on what they need to accomplish in the second leg of the road trip.
San Antonio’s losing skid in the first leg of their journey around the conference delivered a beating to their playoff chances but they’re not totally out of contention yet. They face the Utah Jazz and then get a rematch with the Oklahoma City Thunder to close out the trip once their back from the break.
It’s been frustrating but during this time we’ve also learned a bit more about this team’s intention for the rest of the season, and what the future of the San Antonio Spurs may look like. Here are three key takeaways from the first stretch of the Rodeo Road Trip.