The Spurs finally reached the end of their brutal regular-season schedule on Sunday. Although they didn’t secure one of the six guaranteed playoff spots in the Western Conference, the NBA’s inaugural play-in tournament keeps their postseason dreams alive until at least the end of the night.
As the tenth seed, San Antonio is faced with a single-elimination scenario as they visit the FedExForum for a meeting with the ninth-place Grizzlies. Memphis may not intimidate the Silver and Black faithful, but they utterly dominated head coach Gregg Popovich and company earlier this season.
The good guys stumbled their way into the play-in with a 2-10 record over their last 12 games, barely surviving the draft lottery cutoff. Meanwhile, Ja Morant and the Grizzlies powered past the finish line, winning five of their final six contests, including a convincing 29-point blowout over the Mavs.