Entering the final week of what calendar-wise was the longest NBA season in history, the jury remains out on whether the Spurs will make the playoffs for a record 23rd consecutive season. The way DeMar DeRozan sees it, with every game of the NBA restart taking on a do-or-die feel in Orlando, Fla. the Spurs unofficially already have.
In a showdown of longtime Texas rivals, Tuesday’s game between the Houston Rockets (44-25) and San Antonio Spurs (31-38) will be their third and final meeting of the extended 2019-20 NBA season. The first two games came way back in December 2019, but both remain quite memorable (and for very different reasons). On Dec. 3, the Rockets lost by two points in double overtime in a game remembered most for James Harden’s uncounted fourth-quarter dunk — which proved to be the eventual winning margin.
Tiebreakers won't factor into who qualifies for the Western Conference play-in series. A season like none other in NBA history may get a finish like none other, at least in the West. Memphis, Portland, San Antonio and Phoenix - the still-unbeaten-in-the-bubble, 6-0 at Disney Suns - are the last four teams standing in the race for the last West spot.