The Spurs are quietly on the heels of the Golden State Warriors in the win column, and they have only 9 losses this season. How talented is this team? Is a 70 win season on their plate? Team S.U. debates.
Kyle Curry – For the Spurs, I do not believe that 70 wins are in their sights for this season. Had they not lost their first three games of the year against the Kings, Heat and Hawks, I think they could have been eyeing a record season in the win column. They definitely have the roster to do so eventually. As long as Parker and Duncan stay with the team, it seems like they have no indication of slowing down or losing their edge. But it is not just the veterans on this team that make it so great. Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard are able to push the floor and speed up the tempo when they need to. They had a terrible loss to the Warriors earlier this year, losing 120-90, but I would not read too much into that.
I think they will split the season series with them, with the home team winning each of their games. It is difficult to beat the Warriors at home and nobody has been able to do it this season and it has been over a full year since any team has even done so. I do think however that the Spurs will meet the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals and I think that the Spurs will move on to the Finals. All they have to do is win at home, and win at least one game at the Warriors. I think anyone can agree that if anyone in the West can beat Stephen Curry and company at home, it is the Spurs.
Ben Buchanan – The Spurs have quietly stayed very competitive in the standings with the Warriors all year. Sitting at 51-9 (29-0 at Home) as of 3/3/16, the Spurs are arguably the most fundamentally sound team we’ve seen in a long time, but is 70 wins attainable? Well to finish with a 70-12 record they’d have to finish the season with a 19-3 record, is it possible? Let’s break down their schedule. In their last 22 games they’ll have to face the Thunder (Three Times), The Clippers, The Warriors (Twice) and the Raptors. That’s a tough slate of games, I think they’ll finish with a high 60s win count, but not 70. The real question with the Spurs is if they can compete head to head with the Warriors in the Playoffs, something we’ll have to wait and see, but it’ll be a tremendous match-up.
Jr. Williams – Like Ben eluded on– the last stretch of games this season for the Spurs won’t be against weak teams and I’m starting to see the Spurs core of Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge and co. play limited minutes in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Resting the core players and giving role players extended minutes is a known preparation method used by Spurs head coach Greg Popovich, therefore, I’m not exactly confident this team will essentially maintain such a consistent win record. I’d even go as far as saying the Spurs will drop 5-6 games before the season is over because they have enough cushioning in the Western Conference Standings to do so. They should end the season with about 68 wins, just two short of 70, but nonetheless another historic season for the franchise.