For the first time in 21 years, the NBA world is actually wondering if the San Antonio Spurs can reach the playoffs. Dejounte Murray says the team must treat every game like the postseason.
The Spurs recently rattled off six consecutive wins, but four losses in the last six contests have steadily dropped them toward the bottom of the Western Conference.
“Man, we’ve got to know that every game is a playoff, a Game 7 for us,” Murray said, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmusik.
San Antonio, which won’t record 50 victories in a season for the first time since 1999-2000, is 45-34 and positioned fifth in the West.
However, only 1.5 games separate the Spurs from the Denver Nuggets, who are in ninth place. Plus, the Los Angeles Clippers are only one game behind the Nuggets. The race for the remaining five playoff spots in the West includes seven teams.
Since one loss would even San Antonio’s season number with Denver’s 35, the Spurs’ margin for error is zero. It really is similar to a Game 7 situation in the playoffs.
Basketball fans keep giving Gregg Popovich’s club the benefit of the doubt, but San Antonio is unquestionably in a precarious position.