The Golden State Warriors are not the only team to clinch their playoff berth before the season was over with. Another team just joined the postseason, the San Antonio Spurs. They just clinched their 20th consecutive postseason berth.
It is a record setter for the Spurs, according to Fox Sports. On Monday night when playing the Rockets, the Spurs set their goal to win the game. Four quarters later, they successfully accomplished that. They handed the Rockets a 112-110 loss.
The star of the game for the Spurs was Kawhi Leonard. He was a key contributor in the Spurs big win. He drained 30 points on the night and ended the game by rejecting James Harden at the buzzer. He has been streaky as of late. Yesterday marked the third game in a row in which Leonard shot 30 points or more. The last time a player on the Spurs accomplished that was in the 1993-94 season by the legendary David Robinson.
With their win over the Rockets, the San Antonio Spurs improved to 49-13 on the season. They still trail the Warriors, but it brought them one step closer. Now the Spurs are just two and a half games back from Golden State.
Their continuing success makes the idea of defeating the Warriors a little more realistic. While their play has been up, the Warriors has not been as of late. Golden State has dropped two of their past four games including a loss to the Bulls and the Wizards. There has been one missing presence on the court for the Warriors.
They just took a major hit to the injury department. Kevin Durant is going to miss some time, maybe even the rest of the regular season. With the Warriors short a man, now would be the best time for the Spurs to make a move.
San Antonio needs to capitalize off the Warriors big injury. They could potentially catch up to the Warriors in the standings, that is something that many teams have failed to do. Right now they are heading in a good direction.
With Leonard holding down their offense, the Spurs have put together eight consecutive wins. Their win streak includes a pair of wins over the Pacers. Today the Spurs have the day off, but tomorrow they will be back to work.
The Spurs will be looking to get their ninth win in a row as they play the Sacramento Kings. The odds may already be in San Antonio’s favor. Sacramento has had deep troubles this season on the court. They are a losing team, sitting at the bottom of the standings of the Western Conference as the 12th place team, going 25-38. It has been a particularly hurtful week of play by the Kings, they have dropped their past five in a row.
Is now the time for the San Antonio Spurs to climb the standings? Could San Antonio beat a Warriors team without Durant? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod