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Confident Spurs heading to New Orleans for first play-in tournament game

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs are heading to the Big Easy figuring out they’ve a troublesome street forward of them to qualify for the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2019. The Tenth-place Spurs should beat the ninth-place Pelicans after which should defeat both the seventh-place Timberwolves or the eighth-place Clippers to earn the No. 8 seed within the Western Conference.

San Antonio first faces New Orleans on Wednesday in a do-or-die play-in game. Win that contest, and the Spurs will fly both to Minnesota or Los Angeles to face the loser of the opposite Western Conference play-in collection in another do-or-die contest. If the Spurs lose both one of many play-in video games, their season is over.

“This is what you sign up for,” Dejounte Murray mentioned. “You see what you’re made of. You go out and don’t worry about mistakes. You don’t worry about anything besides winning a basketball game. Whatever it takes, give it your all. It’s win or go home, and I love these types of games. We don’t want to go home, so we have to approach it like we don’t want to go home and get a win.”

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Two extra street wins would get the Spurs a first-round matchup with the top-seeded Phoenix Suns. That best-of-seven collection begins Sunday within the Valley of the Sun with the first two video games on the Footprint Center.

“We are packing for four games,” Keldon Johnson mentioned. “We are packing for two play-ins and two playoff games. Everybody on the team is packing for four games. We’re going to be ready to play.”

The Spurs have extra street wins (18) than residence wins (16) this season, so incomes two extra shouldn’t be unattainable.

The Spurs will maintain follow Tuesday in San Antonio earlier than leaving for New Orleans later within the day.

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Game # Matchup Date/Time Result
1 8. LA Clippers at 7. Minnesota Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. Winner secures No. 7 seed, Loser hosts Game 2 winner
2 10. San Antonio at 9. New Orleans Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. Loser eradicated, Winner advances
3 Game 2 Winner at Game 1 Loser Friday, TBD Winner secures No. 8 seed, Loser eradicated

SPURS RECORD VS. PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT TEAMS

vs. Pelicans (3-1) vs. Clippers (2-1) vs. Timberwolves (0-3)
12/12/21 – W – 112-97 11/16/21 – L – 106-92 11/18/21 – L – 115-90
2/12/22 – W – 124-114 12/20/21 – W – 116-92 3/14/22 – L – 149-139
3/18/22 – L – 124-91 1/15/22 – W – 101-94 4/7/22 – L – 127-121
3/26/22 – W – 107-103

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