Spurs 2nd half of season predictions

Jonathan Daniel

Breaking down each game of the remaining regular season schedule and how the Spurs could finish.

The mid-point of the season has passed. The All-Star game is over. The Spurs have lost nearly half of their roster to injury, and The Great January Injury Plague of 2014 will likely go down in the annals of San Antonio history alongside ... well, if not the Alamo, then at least the 1975 gasoline shortage.

But enough of the past, what does the future hold? Let's take a look at the rest of the season and see what the Spurs will do this year. I took the schedule off Spurs.com, and added my own "Prediction" column, totaled the wins and losses for each month, and wrapped it all up at the end.

Spurs Current Record: 38-15

(Tables below taken from NBA.com and edited)

February Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Prediction
Tue 18 @ L.A. Clippers
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
9:30 PM FSSW NBATV Spurs lose. This is a hard game to come out of the gates with.
Wed 19 @ Portland
Moda Center, Portland, OR
9:00 PM FSSW Spurs lose. Another killer place to go up and play while some of our boys are still banged up.
Fri 21 @ Phoenix
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
8:00 PM KENS HD Spurs win. We get it together against a tough Suns squad.
Wed 26 vs Detroit
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM FSSW Spurs win. We get redemption after that last loss in Detroit.
Fri 28 vs Charlotte
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM FSSW Spurs win. Charlotte's better, but we win at home. 

Remaining February Record: 3-2

March Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Prediction
Sun 2 vs Dallas
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
6:00 PM FSSW NBATV Spurs lose. Mavericks get a monkey off their back. They'll want this one badly.
Tue 4 @ Cleveland
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
6:00 PM FSSW
Spurs win. Very tough game, but Kyrie can't overcome the Cleveland Curse against the Spurs.
Thu 6 vs Miami
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:00 PM TNT Spurs win. Finally, we beat a top team. Breathe.
Sat 8 vs Orlando
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM FSSW Spurs win. Afflalo can stroke, but we prevail.
Tue 11 @ Chicago
United Center, Chicago, IL
7:00 PM FSSW WGN-TV/WGN America Spurs lose. Classic trap game in a hard place to play.
Wed 12 vs Portland
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
8:30 PM FSSW ESPN Spurs win. Spurs gaining confidence against the league's elite.
Fri 14 vs L.A. Lakers
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM KENS HD NBATV Spurs win. Lakers are a really, really bad team.
Sun 16 vs Utah
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
6:00 PM FSSW Spurs win. Could lose this one, but I say we keep the momentum.
Wed 19 @ L.A. Lakers
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
9:30 PM FSSW ESPN Spurs win. Lakers are still a horrific team.
Fri 21 @ Sacramento
Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
9:00 PM FSSW Spurs win. Kings' season likely won't get much better than it is.
Sat 22 @ Golden State
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
9:30 PM FSSW NBATV Spurs win. Always a tough place to win.
Mon 24 vs Philadelphia
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM FSSW Spurs win. Sixers full of young talent, but it's not translating to wins.
Wed 26 vs Denver
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM FSSW
Spurs win. We keep our streak alive at home.
Fri 28 @ Denver
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
8:00 PM FSSW Spurs lose. The streak had to end sometime. Thin air is rough.
Sat 29 vs New Orleans
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM FSSW Spurs win. Monty loses to Pop. Again.
Mon 31 @ Indiana
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
6:00 PM FSSW NBATV Spurs lose. Indiana playing to stay ahead of Miami in the East.

March Record: 12-4

April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Prediction
Wed 2 vs Golden State
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM FSSW Spurs lose. Warriors trying hard to not get swept by us.
Thu 3 @ Oklahoma City
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
7:00 PM TNT Spurs lose. Still trying to find a way to beat OKC, the Spurs drop their 4th of the last 5 games.
Sun 6 vs Memphis
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
6:00 PM FSSW NBATV Spurs win. We find our way again in SA vs ZBo.
Tue 8 @ Minnesota
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM Spurs win. Makeup game from Mexico is a much needed romp.
Thu 10 @ Dallas
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
7:00 PM TNT Spurs win. Won't lose to Dallas twice. Just won't.
Fri 11 vs Phoenix
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:30 PM KENS HD Spurs lose. Suns fighting to stay in playoffs.
Mon 14 @ Houston
Toyota Center, Houston, TX
7:00 PM FSSW NBATV Spurs lose. Rockets trying to prove a point.
Wed 16 vs L.A. Lakers
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
7:00 PM FSSW Spurs win...End the season with an appropriate thrashing of the hapless Lakers.

April Record: 4-4

Post-All Star Break Record: 19-10

2013-14 Overall Regular Season Record: 57-25

(2012-13 Finish: 58-24)


Takeaways:

Until we beat the Thunder, we still have something to prove. The Clippers, Blazers, and Rockets are all good teams, but I feel in a playoff series, we could come out ahead of any of them. The Pacers and Heat, obviously the class of the East, will be in a dogfight with each other for the best record and then the Conference championship. They'll be ready to give us or OKC another epic Finals, assuming the current standings hold up.

Should we trade? Should we hope a full, healthy roster can go one step further than last year? Those are decisions my mind is tired of trying to figure out. Thankfully, I don't get paid to make those calls. But the guys that do (PATFO) have some stressful days and nights ahead of them. Logical cases can be made either way.

The first half of the season was a great ride. We watched Bobo and Patty have breakout seasons, while Nando and Cory took advantage of rare playing time to show us all why they've been kept around. Ayers has been up and down, and Baynes has shown his awesome towel-waving skills (do they teach them that in Australia?).

Buckle up for a wild rest of the season, Pounders!

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