- Created on Thursday, 07 April 2011 18:20
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
The team had gone from sitting on top of the NBA power rankings, putting a lock on the No 1 seed for the playoffs, and looking to possibly break the franchise record for wins in a single season to scrambling just to field a healthy team.
April could not start soon enough for San Antonio although the first game, perhaps ironically on April Fool’s Day, was their sixth loss in a row, the longest losing streak the team has seen since Tim Duncan started suiting up for the team.
“We’re going to see what we are made out of, if we can dig down deeper,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We’ll see if we are worth the way we played this season or not.”
After the loss to Houston on April Fool’s Day, the Lakers had closed the gap on the Spurs record to just a game and a half. However, with the roster finally healthy and clicking on all cylinders once again San Antonio has reeled off three wins in a row cementing their status as the No 1 seed in the Western Conference.
“We knew we weren’t going to lose every single game (the rest of the way),” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “We had a few good games we just couldn’t win. We had a better schedule over the last three games. We won an important game in Atlanta and we got lucky that the Lakers lost to the Jazz.”
Win No 60, Wednesday night’s 124-92 dismantling of the Sacramento Kings, showed that the Spurs are back to the form that has kept them on top of the NBA for almost the entire season. The 32-margin of victory is the biggest that the team has had the entire season.
With three games left they can still tie their franchise record for most wins in a single season of 63, which was set during the 2005-06 season. Although they have locked up the No 1 seed and best record in the Western Conference, they have yet to lockup the best record in the NBA. Chicago could still take that honor if they win out and the Spurs drop their final three.
“We were a little worried (during our losing streak). We knew it wasn’t the end of the world to finish second, but at the same time after the kind of season we had, we wanted it. We got a great opportunity, it’s not over yet, and we definitely want to get the next one,” said Ginobili.
San Antonio finishes up the regular season against the Jazz at home and then with two away game in Los Angeles and Phoenix. They will likely meet the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs, but there is still a chance that the Houston Rockets could take over the No 8 seed before the season ends.