Is there a more consistent team over the past decade than the San Antonio Spurs? They've quietly been the best team in the Western Conference, and that's saying something, especially with Oklahoma City as the favorites to represent the West in the NBA Finals.
As it stands right now, the eighth seed in the West is coming down to the Phoenix Suns-Utah Jazz matchup that will occur Tuesday night. The winner will likely continue to take on the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, looking to recapture some of the magic the Memphis Grizzlies were able to show in knocking off San Antonio as the eighth seed last year.
Already boasting two 11-game winning streaks this season, the Spurs rested aging star Tim Duncan in their 114-98 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The win also pushes their current win streak to seven, and with three games remaining, they control their own destiny in pursuit of the No. 1 seed.
If any team is going to knock off the Spurs in the playoffs, here's a guide to the blueprint they will likely use.