San Antonio Spurs: Full-capacity crowds could spell trouble
With Covid restrictions lifting, the San Antonio Spurs will likely return in front of full-capacity crowds.
A return to normalcy can be good or bad news for the Spurs depending on how one looks at the situation. On one hand, the Spurs have remained one of the best home teams in the league for the past four seasons despite all the struggles and hurdles the franchised has faced. In said four seasons, the Spurs have accumulated an impressive record of 98-54 in San Antonio, one of the best in the league during that time frame.
This past season saw a small, but significant dip at home finishing eight games under .500 at 14-22, but considering that fans weren't allowed back in until much later (and at only limited capacity), this can be seen as a little fluky.
What also can be seen as fluky is their road record this past season. Winning 19 of the 36 contests away from San Antonio, this made for their best road record since the 2016-17 season. Once again, the lack of opposing teams' fans almost certainly played a factor in that as well. For all the young players, not playing in a hostile environment worked to their advantage.
Excluding this past season, the Spurs have gone 43-76 on the road since the 2017-18 season. Many losing streaks came from road trips like the Rodeo Road Trip in particular, which has consistently decimated the team for the past few seasons.