As the San Antonio Spurs play host to the dreadful Los Angeles Lakers tonight, their eight-game winning streak does not seem to be in any actual danger. And at second glance, the Spurs may not have to worry about losing another game for the rest of the season.
The recent resurgence of San Antonio among the NBA’s best — or what some think is resurgence — does not seem to be stopping anytime soon. With only 18 games left on the schedule, it is very possible that the Spurs could finish the season with a zero in the loss column if they really wanted to achieve that goal. Whether or not they do is really irrelevant as long as they position themselves strategically for the playoffs.
Only nine of the 18 games left in the regular season will be played against opponents with a winning record. Only seven of those teams are currently in the playoff picture. And two more of those games will come against the morally defeated Lakers, who have recently acknowledged losing their superstar guard Kobe Bryant for the rest of the season.
With all the attention focused on the drama of Phil Jackson possibly joining the New York Knicks, the regression of the Miami Heat and anything else that is non-Spurs related, there is a legitimate chance that the Spurs could sneakily finish the season undefeated.
In the grand scheme of things, winning every game left on the schedule is probably not at the top of the list for Gregg Popovich. The objectives are most likely to lock up home-court advantage and gain some rest for the weary legs of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. Just do not be surprised if you hear about this eight-game winning streak turning into a 26-game winning streak, that’s all.