San Antonio Spurs: What we learned from the NBA’s opening day

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LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers, DeMar DeRozan #10 head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs get together at Staples Center (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Last night, two games were held inside the Orlando bubble that had direct impacts on what we should expect from the San Antonio Spurs’ season.

NBA basketball is BACK and your San Antonio Spurs are just hours away from their return to play. Their matchup against the Sacramento Kings is one that will have a drastic impact on their ability to reach the 2020 NBA Playoffs and based on last night’s results, there’s a decent chance for the silver and black to sneak in there.

After a formidable battle against a Utah Jazz squad that the Spurs will see twice in their eight-game regular-season stretch, the New Orleans Pelicans were bumped back to the No. 11 seed. The difference in winning percentage is only 0.02 percent in favor of New Orleans and if the Spurs win today, they can jump up into the 10th seed from the 12th.

That 2-point victory for Utah was followed by a Clash of the Titans as LeBron and AD’s Los Angeles Lakers battle Kawhi and PG’s LA Clippers. It was a fateful duel that went down to a last-second heave by George as time expired. King James drove quickly down the lane with the game tied up, botched a layup attempt but hung in mid-air to put the loose ball back and finish off the Lakers’ first win against their crosstown rival this season.

Believe it or not, there were legitimate aspects of these games that pertained to the San Antonio Spurs. While they don’t face either of the Los Angeles teams in the remaining regular-season games, they might have to see them if they reach the postseason. Without further adieu, here are a few things we saw in last night’s resumption of play that impact San Antonio in the bubble.

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