Injuries Slowing Down San Antonio

The Spurs are always one of the top contenders for the NBA title, with two precautionary words at the end of each sentence: when healthy.

Even with one of the oldest rosters in the NBA, San Antonio opened the year with a 13-1 record, best in the league and never looked back.

Three times this season, the Spurs have posted eight or more consecutive wins, with a 57-16 record, San Antonio easily has the best record in the league and will likely have home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

As the hunt for another championship is set to begin, the disclaimer, when healthy, is starting to become a factor.

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were selected to represent the Western Conference at All-Star Weekend but as the playoffs approach, both are missing games because of injuries.

Duncan sprained his ankle and Ginobili suffered a quad contusion suffered during a loss to Memphis.

Following Monday’s loss to Portland, the Spurs have dropped four-straight games for the first time all season, the Spurs are facing doubt heading into the playoffs.

With key games against Boston, Houston and Phoenix this week, the Spurs have an opportunity to prove they are capable of winning even with their All-Star players sidelined.

NBA TV Fan Night Game of the Week

Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers

Tuesday 7 p.m. ET on

Season Series: Miami leads 3-0

Still seeking its first victory over the Heat since losing LeBron James, the Cavaliers have one more chance at home. Cleveland fans made Quicken Loans Arena the most hostile environment in NBA regular season history, only James responded with 38 points, eight assists and five rebounds during a 118-90 blowout.


 

____________________________________________________________________ Orlando Magic at Atlanta Hawks

Wednesday 7 p.m. ET

Season Series: Atlanta leads 2-1

Both teams are essentially locked in their playoff position, meaning the fourth seeded Magic will host Atlanta in the opening round. The Hawks have found an answer for Orlando, holding the Magic to just 82.7 points per game. Atlanta has found success by allowing Dwight Howard to score and shutting down the rest of the team, not allowing anyone else to score more than 18 points during their three meetings.

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Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs

Thursday 8 p.m. ET on

Season Series: Boston leads 1-0

Two of the top teams in the NBA battle to start an amazing Thursday night double-header. The Celtics are still looking for their defensive identity after dealing away center Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green. Boston is still allowing a league best 90.6 points per game and holds its opponents to 43.3 percent shooting from the field and have held its last 10 opponents to under 100 points. 


 

____________________________________________________________________ Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers

Thursday 10:30 p.m. ET on

Season Series: Tied 1-1

No team in the league has been hotter than the Lakers. Victorious in nine of its last 10 games, including seven-straight wins, Los Angeles has the best record in the NBA since the All-Star break and is closing in on San Antonio for the top record in the league. Dallas has won four consecutive games and this game could easily be a preview of the second round of the playoffs.

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Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers

Saturday 10:30 p.m. ET on

Season Series: Tied 1-1

One of the last opportunities to see Blake Griffin on national television this season comes against the most exciting team heading into the playoffs. Sunday’s thrilling victory over Portland not only has the Thunder looking like a legitimate contender in the west, but also has launched Russell Westbrook into the discussion for top point guard in the league after he dominated the fourth quarter.


 

____________________________________________________________________ Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs

Sunday 1 p.m. ET on

Season Series: San Antonio leads 2-0

Sunday’s loss to the Lakers pushed Phoenix even further out of the playoff race. Sitting at 36-36, the Suns need to move past Memphis and Houston to claim the final playoff spot in the west. During the last meeting between the teams, six Spurs scored in double figures, with Gary Neal coming off the bench to score a team high 22 during a 118-110 victory.

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About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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