January Schedule Presents Opportunity for Surging San Antonio Spurs

January 5th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
The San Antonio offense took the night off in Toronto, and some foul free throw shooting sunk the Spurs against the defenseless Raptors.

That blemish and a home stinker against the crippled Portland Trail Blazers aside, the Spurs have won 11 of 14, with a 20-12 record on which to build and sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference. That makes success this month all the more important, with a road-heavy February and March on the horizon.

The team will play two back-to-backs—hosting the Lakers and visiting the Thunder, then visiting the Bobcats and Grizzlies on consecutive nights. Seven of the 14 foes remaining on the slate boast losing records, and the only winning squad the Spurs face on the road is Oklahoma City.


The Good News

The Spurs are clobbering those sub-.500 squads by an average of 13 points. Those who do not follow the team might not remember how many cellar dwellers forced San Antonio into tough fourth quarter and overtime finishes last year.

Breezy victories mean more rest for the veterans, including Tim Duncan, and a template for how to play against the big boys.

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