The San Antonio Spurs have already secured the West's top seed but with two games left in the regular season, there's still work to be done. Namely, securing the overall top playoff seed which could have been locked up at this point if it were not for the six game losing streak.
However, it is important to note that besides Tim Duncan's four-game absence, the Spurs have not met much adversity this season and although a lot of people might disagree, their brief slump will help the Spurs now and in the playoffs.
Since then, the Spurs have responded by winning four straight games averaging 111.5 points per game while limiting opposing teams to just 95.2 points per ball game. During that span, both their offense and defense has noticeably picked up too.
They shot 53.8 percent from the field, including 47.3 percent from behind the arc while holding their opponents to an average of 46.9 percent shooting from the floor and to a measly 32.2 percent from the 3-point area. This surely helps the team build more character, consistency and a winning mentality as the post-season approaches.
With two games left, the league's best record is well within reach, the Spurs are one game ahead of the Chicago Bulls for the NBA's best record. But coach Gregg Popovich might practice prudence with the workloads of some of the team’s key players which was evident in their last game against Utah as Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker played less than 30 minutes a piece.
Nonetheless, with a one game lead and only two games remaining wouldn't the Spurs want to give it a shot?