With the All Star break nestled in history, and the trade deadline a distant memory, the Spurs begin the second half of the 2019-20 season on the road against Utah Friday. The team is currently 1-5 with two games left on their annual rodeo road trip.
The Spurs’ hopes of extending their league leading playoff streak to 23 consecutive seasons seem to be fading fast. The team opted not to make any personnel moves by the trade deadline and appear to be going all in with its current roster, a roster that has proven it is incapable of keeping up in the Western conference. With just 28 games left in the regular season, the Spurs are 23-31 and in 10th place in the West and a full 5 games behind Memphis for the eighth and final playoff spot.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI), the Spurs have a 16.2% chance of making the playoffs. While not impossible it is highly improbable that this current team can find the wherewithal to climb out of the basement and into the history books.
The Spurs parted ways with Forward DeMarre Carroll on Monday. Carroll agreed to a contract buyout with the San Antonio Spurs and will sign with the Rockets upon clearing waivers, league sources told ESPN. Carroll joined the Spurs on a three-year contract this summer as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards, but was never able to find his niche in the Spurs system. Carroll has played in just 15 of the team’s 54 games and not at all since a Jan. 8 win at Boston. He has been inactive for the last 15 straight contests and was not with the team Feb. 2 when it embarked on the first portion of the eight-game rodeo trip.
Fri, Feb 21 @ Utah (36-18) 8pm
Sun, Feb 23 @ Oklahoma (33-22) 6pm