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NBA Power Rank Weeks 15-16: The Stretch Run

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Western Conference forward Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs (21) smiles during practice at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

7. San Antonio:

They proved two things this season:

  1. injuries can effect even the best of teams
  2. you can never count out a winning mentality

With Kawhi Leonard back and coach Popovich winning his 1,000 game the Spurs looked poised to make a run.  They finally have the full team ready to rumble and look to be gaining speed heading into the home stretch. I’ve learned never to count them out and since we’ve come to expect a long winning streak from them every season I anticipate it’s about to occur. I don’t think they’ll catch Memphis but stranger things have happened. Sitting in the toughest West Division: Southwest it won’t be easy as they still need to pass Dallas and Houston to even take a run at Memphis. With the West so tightly jumbled it’s interesting that 4 playoff teams are likely to come from this division and if the Clippers fall apart possibly all 5 teams.

The final road for San Antonio looks like this:

  • 16 home games versus 13 road games
  • 6 games versus Southwest Division where they currently sit 4th and hold a 4-6 record
  • Face 19 teams over .500 and 10 teams under .500
  • 9 games versus Eastern Conference (4 teams under .500)
  • 20 games versus Western Conference (5 teams under .500)

The key for Pops and crew will be finding a way to get rest for his vets while also trying to move up to their desired first round match-up. Unlike most teams I doubt San Antonio will worry much about home court advantage. Though it would be nice to secure home court, they will emphasis health first. Still, it’s not inconceivable the Spurs could garner home court if they moved into 2nd in the Southwest division.

They currently trail Dallas by a game and Houston by 2 games in the loss column. The division leading Grizzlies have a 5 game lead on the Spurs so while it doesn’t appear likely I won’t bet against them catching anyone. This team has repeatedly shocked me season after season in terms of their consistency, I’ve finally cried uncle and refuse to ever rule them out of range again.

(last week 6th)

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