On February 16th, the San Antonio Spurs announced several players tested positive for COVID-19 after their 122-110 victory in Charlotte. As a result, the NBA promptly canceled their next three games against the Cavaliers, Knicks, and Pacers. As if that, along with unprecedented severe winter weather in Texas, were not enough, Demar DeRozan received heartbreaking news about his father’s passing only days later.
Not only did DeRozan miss the Spurs’ recent game in Oklahoma City to understandably spend time with his family, but Derrick White, Rudy Gay, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson, and Quinndary Weatherspoon were forced to sit for several games. Fortunately, Johnson was able to make his return against the Nets on March 1.
The NBA has released the schedule for the second half of the San Antonio Spurs’ regular season, and it will be a challenging race to the finish line, to say the very least. In the wake of these setbacks, the Spurs will be forced to play 40 games in only 68 days, including 11 total back-to-backs.
With all that being said, their biggest challenge in the second half of the season will come in their final stretch of games in May. Although the Spurs appeared to be finding their rhythm despite recent gut-wrenching losses to the Thunder and the Nets, the road may be very rocky ahead. Here’s what the team will have to deal with in the final month of the season.