With big wins this weekend, the Spurs have clinched its 17th straight winning season, the second-longest winning season streak in NBA history.
(The first is held by Utah's 19 seasons back when Stockton/Malone ruled the Western Conference)
There are 23 games left in the season to catch up and the race is on!
Of the games left, one includes a game against the defending champions, Miami Heat and another matchup in Oklahoma City against the Thunder.
The number one goal of the Spurs through these 17 years have been to remain healthy...and for the first time since January, the Spurs are finally coming around from the injury bug in the nick of time.
The 2013 starting roster who finished runner-ups to the Heat last year have played less than 160 minutes together this year. We are talking about the Parker-Green-Leonard-Duncan-Splitter lineup who caused havoc all through the Western Conference playoffs last year.
Tony Parker made his return debut from injury against the Mavericks this past weekend looking quite fresh. He was his efficient self, going 10 of 15 from the field and leading the Spurs to another victory against their interstate rivals.
The Thunder have lost three of their last five games and appear vulnerable although Kevin Durant is still much in the hunt for this year's MVP along with LeBron James.
The injury bug might have been good for the Spurs by keeping them fresh and ready to finish the season strong. The only negative of players sitting out would possibly be a lack of team chemistry, but I would argue the Spurs have the strongest team chemistry in the league given the vast experience and veterans on the roster.
I think Coach Pop is going to have to rethink his balancing act this season. He is notorious for sitting our stars out in April and wanting to keep them fresh for the playoffs, however this year I believe a #1 seed is extremely important for the team. Home court advantage would be huge for the Spurs against the Thunder...if we end up getting there that is.
Just think...if the 2013 Finals game seven was in San Antonio instead of Miami...who knows what would have happened.