Although their win-loss record would suggest otherwise, the Spurs have struggled mightily this season against the top teams in the NBA – whether they are from the East or the West – and things could get even more complicated down the stretch for the franchise.
After 30 games, the Spurs have a solid 23-7 record and they are a lock to grab a top-four seed in the West. However, things get darker if we analyze their performance against top teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets.
When the Spurs have faced the Thunder, the Rockets and the Indiana Pacers, the team led by Gregg Popovich has a dismal 0-5 record, something that should worry them in a big way. San Antonio also dropped their only game of the season so far against the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers. Even though that shouldn’t prevent the team from reaching the postseason, those kinds of losses will hurt the team come playoff time.
All the sides previously mentioned have title aspirations, and barring any surprise the Thunder and the Blazers are tipped to reach the latter rounds of the Western Conference playoffs. The Rockets can also stun a few teams on the way, and if the Spurs don’t tighten things up they could be headed for an early playoff exit.
Considering this might be the last year of both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, that’s a problem the team can’t afford to have.