5 Must-Win Games Left On San Antonio Spurs’ Schedule

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5 Statement Games Remaining For San Antonio Spurs

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After the definitive win on Thursday night over the Miami Heat, the NBA has been put on notice by the San Antonio Spurs. The message was clear, they still got it and they never lost it. But they cannot be satisfied with their recent success, as five must-win games approach the Spurs in the last few weeks of the regular season.

It has not been a pretty sight to date when the Spurs have played the elite teams of the league. And many are holding the lack of production against the big dogs as a telltale sign of things to come. But what the recent win over the Heat may prove is that the All-Star break was the best thing that ever happened to the Spurs.

After Spurs guard Marco Belinelli won the NBA All-Star game three-point shootout, San Antonio came back and won seven of their last eight games. They are currently on a five-game winning streak in which they have beaten opponents by an average margin of 14.2 points per game. The Spurs hold the best road record in the league at 23-8 and have set a league precedent with 17 straight winning seasons on the road.

San Antonio has been able to hang around despite facing adversity that would destroy most teams. But they sit right where they want to be, second place in the Western Conference and within striking distance of home court advantage. Now, they must prepare for their last 21 games of the season. Out of that list, there are five games the Spurs must win if they want to keep their momentum going and solidify a home court advantage for the playoffs.

Winston Harris is a San Antonio sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @winstonharris34. "Like" him on Facebook, and add him on Google.

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5. Portland Trail Blazers

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The Spurs are set to face the youthful Portland Trail Blazers on March 12. They will be looking to even the season series, which stands at 1-2 for the Spurs. They have had trouble guarding the backcourt attack of Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews.

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4. Golden State Warriors

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The newly-situated Golden State Warriors are looking to make a bigger impact in the playoffs this year, but will have to go through San Antonio first. The sixth place team gave the Spurs a run for their money in last year's Western Conference Semifinals, but ultimately lost in six games. On March 22, San Antonio must duplicate last year's success.

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3. Indiana Pacers

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A possible NBA Finals matchup could ensue between the Spurs and the Indiana Pacers, who have recently acquired Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum to sure up their chances. The Spurs will have to stifle any thoughts of a future meeting with a road win on March 31.

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2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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The first place Oklahoma City Thunder will face off with the Spurs on April 3, and needless to say, it will be a significant measuring stick for the Spurs. They have lost in all three meetings with Kevin Durant and company, so they must win this last game or face being swept.

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1. Houston Rockets

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The Houston Rockets have seemed to be one step ahead of the Spurs in their three past meetings this season. With newly acquired Dwight Howard, the Rockets currently sit in third place behind the Spurs.

The final game of their season series will be on April 14, and it will be the second to last game for the Spurs' season -- amust-win as they head into the playoffs.

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