The San Antonio Spurs’ season has finally come to an end after being ousted by the Denver Nuggets in Game 7. After a slow start and being down by as many as 17 points, the Spurs made it a close game in the 4th quarter but could not overcome their slow start. The Nuggets move on to play the Portland Trailblazers in the second round while the Spurs will contemplate what could have been, especially if they had won game two in Denver. The series may have drastically changed the outcome. But it didn’t happen so the team will look to the future of the team (and its players).
By all accounts the Spurs surpassed expectations for this season as they began the year with injuries to key players and the loss of Manu Ginobili to retirement, Tony Parker through free agency (Charlotte Hornets), Kyle Anderson (Memphis), in addition to the numerous new faces (8) on the team including DeMar DeRozan (via trade for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green). So what began as a season of big doubts on whether or not the team would even make the playoffs, they did that and more, making the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season. Landing as a 7th seed in the highly competitive Western Conference was huge. Taking the 2nd seeded Denver Nugget team to seven games was good. Winning the game would have been better.
Note: Coach Popovich is reportedly in negotiations with the team to coach next season.