1. San Antonio Spurs can stick it to the national media with a play-in win
If you've been a fan of the Spurs for more than a year or so, you're probably quite used to seeing San Antonio overlooked by the national media at large. Even when San Antonio was one of the most dominant teams in the NBA, they were rarely at the center of the discussion.
Given their performance last season and their lack of household names, it wasn't surprising to see the Spurs minimized on national TV when the NBA released their schedules at the start of the season. What was more surprising was how little that changed as the season progressed and we saw several compelling storylines emerge from this team.
Even as Keldon Johnson emerged as a threatening secondary option and viable deep threat and Dejounte Murray changed NBA history by becoming the first player to average 20+ points, 8+ rebounds, 9+ assists, and 2+ steals per game on his way to his first All-Star appearance, the national media continued to prefer discussing the latest chapter in the Lakers or Ben Simmons sagas than giving the Spurs even a passing acknowledgment.
A win for the Spurs could be exactly the spark this team needs to finally get themselves recognized. They might finally get recognized as a team to watch just like the Grizzlies last year or the Suns the season before. And hey, they might actually be on national TV more often too.