Spurs have not had an ideal start to their season that most fans have seen and appreciated the past 5, 6, well let’s just say 20 years, but their past 6 game home stand has been a bright light for them this season. The Spurs kicked off their homestand against the Los Angeles Lakers who’ve had a run of some impressive wins climbing up currently to the 4th seed in the West- ern Conference. With Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan scor- ing 36 points, the Spurs scored their second-highest point total at 133 against the Lakers, their highest being 141 also against the Lakers. The Spurs would take on the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Clip- pers. Then, Chicago came to town and the Spurs let the Bulls sneak in a win. After leading by 17 points at the half, the Spurs only scored 16 points in the 3rd quarter to Chicago’s 31. The Spurs fought to keep the game close but ultimately let it slip through their fingers. The team ended up being fu- eled by their horrendous 2nd half play from their game against the Bulls and used that fuel against the Phila- delphia Sixers. The Spurs finished with just 6 turnovers and kept the Sixers under 100 points as forward Rudy Gay led the way with 21 points and 6 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge also had quite the game by scoring 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The next true test for the Spurs will not be this Sat- urday against the Rockets but will be who they face after Christmas. On Decem- ber 26th they will host the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets then fly over to Denver on the 28th. After facing off against the Nuggets, they will fly to Los Angeles to meet the Clippers then fly back to host Kyrie Ir- ving and the Boston Celtics. Now is the time to earn some wins and prove themselves to the league. These wins might be the difference between a 6th, 7th, or 8th seed. And for the first time in over 20 years, this might be the year when a loss that could’ve been a win, really could be the difference between the playoffs or their play- off streak finally snapped.
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