Following a disappointing nine-game homestand in which they went 2-7, the San Antonio Spurs find themselves back at .500 for the first time since January 14th. Back then, there was no cause for concern at the 6-6 record as the season was young, Derrick White was still returning from injury, and the young guys were displaying noticeable signs of improvement. Overall, a sense of optimism remained.
Now 24-24, things are much different for the Spurs. The team is trending in the wrong direction as the losses continue to pile up. Fortunately for them, the Spurs have 24 games remaining to get their season back on track.
As mentioned a million times by now, the Spurs have an absolute gauntlet of a remaining schedule. In the Western Conference, the Spurs still have to face the one-seeded Jazz, the number four Denver Nuggets, and the sixth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers twice. They also have to take on the second seed Suns three times! Additionally, the Spurs also have to play each of the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference one more time: the Nets, 76ers, and Bucks.
Essentially, over half of the Spurs’ remaining games are against top ten teams in the league. As enticing as it may be to throw in the towel and start rebuilding for next year, one thing this Spurs team has shown us is that they never give up. What they end up doing for the rest of this season is anybody’s guess.
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