The San Antonio Spurs have history on their side in NBA Playoffs

By Marian Hinton

In case you haven’t noticed, the San Antonio Spurs have yet to lose a game in this season’s NBA Playoffs. In fact, they haven’t lost a game since April 11, winning 18 straight games.

In round one, they quietly but definitely defeated the Utah Jazz, winning all four games by an average score of 16 points.

The Spurs went on to face the up-and-coming Los Angeles Clippers in round two, and this series would prove to be no more difficult for San Antonio, who again pulled off the sweep, but this time by an average difference of 11.5 points per game.

With their second consecutive playoff sweep, the Spurs become just the twelfth team in the history of the NBA to sweep their first two opponents in the postseason.

The last team to pull off the feat was the Orlando Magic in the 2010, however, they went on to fall to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, failing to reach the NBA title series.

The last team to sweep in the first two rounds of the playoffs that went on to win the NBA title was the 2001-2001 Los Angeles Lakers.

In fact, of the eleven previous teams that swept their opponents in the first two rounds of the postseason, six of them have gone on to win the championship that season. They are the ’48-’49 and ’49-’50 Minneapolis Lakers, the ’81-’82 Los Angeles Lakers, the ’88-’89 Detroit Pistons, the ’92-’93 Chicago Bulls, and again, the ’01-02 Lakers.

Up next, the Spurs will take on the winner of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder series. OKC leads LA 3-1.

While history obviously doesn’t guarantee a single in the present, one thing is certain; the Spurs’ play so far this postseason has certainly positioned them as the team to beat in this year.




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