San Antonio Spurs
Aug 2, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, USA; San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White (4) confers with teammates Rudy Gay (22), DeMar DeRozan (10) and others during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are the embodiment of success in the NBA. Since the 1997-98 season, the Spurs have made it to the playoffs every year and won five championships.

A lot of that success has to do with Popovich and Tim Duncan. The two formed a bond that is unparalleled in any of the four major American sports. Duncan allowed himself to be coached and that symbiotic relationship paid dividends throughout his career.

Will the Spurs make it to the playoffs in 2020?

In the last 22 years, the Spurs have had a record over .500. This year, the Spurs sit well below .500 and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997. With the Spurs in Orlando, they have one last chance to keep the streak alive.

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With limited chances to sneak into the eighth seed or to force a play off for playoff seeding, the Spurs have no time to waste if they want to keep the streak alive. As LeMarcus Aldridge is back in San Antonio recuperating after shoulder surgery, the Spurs have to rely on DeMar DeRozan to lead them to the playoffs.

That is easier said than done as San Antonio’s roster is filled with young pieces that haven’t fully developed yet. Considering DeRozan can’t shoot the 3-pointer effectively, this makes the Spurs’ task of getting back to the playoffs that much more difficult. Nevertheless, critics have been wrong about Popovich and the Spurs’ chances of making it the playoffs before so anything can happen in Orlando.

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