Despite the fact that many teams are beginning to “come on” during the second half of the season, the San Antonio Spurs are still at the top of the Western Conference standings. While the Oklahoma City Thunder has been putting some pressure on the Spurs, the team has responded well. In fact, when the two teams met up on March 11, 2013, the good guys came out on top by a score of 105-93.
Although the Western Conference is still up for grabs, it appears that the Spurs have a solid grasp on the lead in the Southwest Division. At this time, they have a four game lead on the second place Memphis Grizzlies. Can they Keep it Up?
Like any team, the Spurs have gone through a couple of rough patches throughout the season. The question on the mind of every fan is this: can the team keep winning as the season winds down and the playoffs close in? At this point, there is no reason to believe they can’t. Tony Parker is playing the best basketball of his career, and running mate Tim Duncan appears to be in good shape despite his aging body.
If the Spurs are going to lock up the number one seed in the West, clinching home court advantage throughout the playoffs, they need to continue their dominance at the AT&T Center. Through the first 65 games of the season, they are a robust 26-4 at home. This is compared to the road in which they have won 23 against 12 losses.
With such a home court advantage, the Spurs have a much better chance of making a playoff run if they are able to secure the number one spot in the Western Conference. With Tony Parker at the helm, the Spurs are rolling through the regular season and hoping to keep up more of the same in the playoff. It is safe to say that they wont take any opponent lightly, considering the team’s early exit from last year’s postseason. Get ready for a wild final month of the regular season, leading into the playoffs.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.