San Antonio Spurs Must Succeed On “Rodeo” Road Trip
The current “Rodeo” road trip that the San Antonio Spurs are traveling on is a annual expedition that can have major implications on the success of the season. The rodeo tag is associated with the San Antonio Rodeo event that pushed the Spurs away from the AT&T center for a nine-game period. But those nine games can come at a cost if the Spurs do not take care of business.
Last season was pretty successful for San Antonio for a plethora of reasons. They finished 58-24 in the regular season, Tim Duncan was voted to the NBA All-1st Team and most glaringly was the fact that the Spurs were a few plays away from winning the NBA Championship. Another fact that can be overlooked is the outcome of their 2012-13 “rodeo” road trip.
The Spurs finished last year’s nine-game venture with seven wins and two losses. In the seven wins they scored over 100 points a game and only allowed 95 points or more once. The losses came at the hands of the Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons, who the Spurs are preparing to play tonight.
Before tonight’s game, the Spurs have lost countless players to injury including Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili, not to mention a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. As they cling to the second spot in the Western Conference with a 37-14 record, the Spurs must treat each road game as must win playoff game. With a lack of reliable superstars and conference opponents that are starting to heat up, San Antonio cannot afford any more losses on this road trip.