Rudy Gay not giving up on Spurs’ playoff chances
The San Antonio Spurs currently sport a 27-36 record for 12th in the West. While the odds are not in their favor with 19 games left, veteran swingman Rudy Gay believes that they still have a shot at qualifying for the postseason.
Per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, Gay doesn’t want his team to drift into offseason mode. He knows it’ll be a difficult journey but he’s still excited about it.
“We still have a chance. We can’t let our minds get in offseason mode because we still have some work to do. It’s going to be tough, but that’s what the NBA is all about.”
Rudy hasn't thrown in the towel on #Spurs' playoff chances:
"We still have a chance. We can’t let our minds get in offseason mode because we still have some work to do. It’s going to be tough, but that’s what the NBA is all about."
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) March 11, 2020
The Spurs are four games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. Ahead of the Gregg Popovich-helmed squad are the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, and the Portland Trail Blazers. For Gay’s wish to come true, the aforementioned teams practically need to lose as many games as possible while the Spurs need to win a chunk of the remaining 19 games.
It’s a nearly-impossible feat. The consensus is that the Spurs will not qualify for the postseason, which would break their historic 22 consecutive playoff appearances. For the first time in over two decades and surprisingly despite the departures of long-time fixtures, Popovich and the Spurs are entering the most critical point in their franchise.
Are the Spurs heading to a massive rebuild? Has Popovich finally reached the twilight of his legendary coaching career? Only time will tell. But the 2020 playoffs will be a whole lot different without the Spurs in the picture.