Sitting 12th in the Western Conference and 4 1/2 games out of the No. 8 seed entering the season restart, the San Antonio Spurs were considered a long shot to clinch an NBA-record 23rd consecutive postseason berth.
However, after earning a pair of wins to begin its eight-game seeding schedule, San Antonio’s playoff chances are very much alive and well. Gregg Popovich’s club has climbed up to the 9-seed and is just two games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the West’s final playoff spot.
“At the end of the day, if you’re showing up to lose a basketball game, you shouldn’t be here,” Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray said following the Spurs’ 108-106 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Royce Young. “Obviously, we don’t have some players playing, but it’s a next-man-up league. We’re pros and we get paid to step up and do our jobs. We can’t control what people say on the outside. We’ve got to keep the love and keep the faith inside the locker room.”