3 opposing players who will most impact San Antonio Spurs playoff hopes

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 22: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives the ball around LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs at Smoothie King Center on January 22, 2020 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The San Antonio Spurs playoff hopes will be impacted by these 3 stars

Yesterday we got the great news that the NBA is near finalizing a plan to return to play. Pending a league vote, 22 teams will be heading to Orlando to take part in a few games to wrap up the regular season and decide playoff positioning, and then transition into the playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs will be one of the 22 teams heading to Florida for a shot at the playoffs. This is where things get interesting.

All teams going down to Florida will play eight more ‘regular season’ games to decide their final standing in their respective conferences. When those eight games are up if the 8th seeded team has greater than a four-game lead on the 9th seed they’ll advance directly into the playoffs. If the distance between the 8th and 9th seed is less than 4 games the two teams will enter into a play-in series that will be single elimination for the 9th seed and double elimination for the 8th seed.

The regular-season games should continue as originally planned with just a few adjustments. The San Antonio Spurs will play the next 8 opponents on their schedule but jump over teams who will not be traveling to Orlando. So teams like the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves, who would have been in the group of the next eight opponents, will be passed over and replaced by the next opponent who is down in Orlando with the Spurs.

Here’s the good news: the San Antonio Spurs still have a chance of making the playoffs and keeping the streak alive. The bad news: it’s going to be damn tough to make that happen. They’re four games back of the 8th seed as it is and have a tough next eight opponents. It’s going to take everything this team has to get back to the post-season, they’ll have to treat every game like it’s their last.

With quite a few superstars standing in their way you can be sure the Spurs coaching staff will soon be getting to work game planning on how to best attack the task in front of them. Here are the three opposing players they’ll need to do the most planning for.

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