The San Antonio Spurs pulled out a win last night against the Denver Nuggets with a late showing of defense on the last play.
It was a much needed win with the next few opponents coming up.
While some may view the schedule as unfair, the Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich view it in a different way. In fact, their view of it is pretty positive.
Duncan sounds like the playoffs are starting now than in a few weeks and he's been the only Spur who's consistently been playing like that.
The Spurs have a stretch remaining against the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and Memphis Grizzlies. It's likely that if San Antonio were to hoist up the Larry O'Brien trophy in June, they'll have to go through those teams along with Oklahoma City in the process to do it.
Whether the Spurs win or lose these games isn't really important right now, but how they play overall against them will be key. The "measuring stick" Duncan may be referencing is how they matchup against them and what improvements they can make before then. The team has seemed sluggish for the past few weeks and it may be because they can't wait for the playoffs to start.
If the Spurs can win games while struggling, they'll be a tough out in the playoffs against any team that's pitted against them. We'll find out what this team is made of against their upcoming opponents or as Duncan called called it, "the measuring stick."
Beat Miami, go to Memphis and pull out a tough victory. We get one day off, then rest the big 4 (Kawhi Leonard included) and let our bench take on a depleted Magic team. Seriously, they lost Afflalo for the season with a hamstring tear, and Glen Davis is out indefinitely with a broken foot. Even our 2nd unit should be able to handle that. So our starters get two days off instead of one, so they should be ready to go against OKC.