The month of February ended in an unfavorable fashion for the San Antonio Spurs, who dropped two of their final three contests.
Still, as a whole, the month was successful, with the team having survived a rigorous road trip while maintaining the top record in the Western Conference as well as the entire league.
With the postseason beginning to come into view, games begin to have more meaning, and the thrilling matchups that March has in store will only add to that excitement.
The San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets may be on different levels of the playing field, but the Rockets have certainly exhibited enough talent to surprise a few people every once in a while.
Having met three times this season already—with the Spurs proving victorious in all three instances—this will be the team''s last meeting of the regular season, though a playoff matchup is certainly possible.
As of now, the Spurs hold the top seed, while the Rockets rank No. 8. If the season were to end today, the two teams would meet in the first round, giving the interstate rivalry a whole new chapter.
James Harden has done miracles in terms of keeping Houston afloat this season, and his superstar ability makes any game in which he plays worth watching.
At the same time, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan form a duo that is simply too talented to neglect and provides viewers with entertainment of their own.
The game itself could easily become a one-sided contest, but with the playoff picture indicating a first-round matchup, this game remains intriguing.
Prediction: San Antonio Spurs 110, Houston Rockets 95
The contest, which ended in a 107-101 overtime victory in Golden State's favor, featured two of the West's best teams—and one of the most acclaimed point guard matchups in the league.
Stephen Curry and Tony Parker, each having a career season, have established themselves as some of the league's top players and have led their teams to spots among the top of the power rankings.
David Lee and Tim Duncan provide veteran leadership as the teams' other stars, and like the Parker-Curry matchup, the two power forwards clashing will be quite the spectacle.
The squads' first meeting of the season fell in the Spurs' favor, with the second being Golden State's dramatic overtime win, with each victor standing their home ground.
Now, the Spurs will seek revenge as the Warriors look to gain the series advantage prior to the teams' final meeting in April.
Parker will look to gain the upper hand on Curry, while Duncan looks to continue his incredible campaign by holding his ground against All-Star opponent David Lee. Sophomores Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard also provide viewers with excitement, with both players having proved their worth already while also showing their potential as future stars.
With two incredibly complete teams, as well as an abundance of captivating individual matchups, this game has the potential to be a true thriller.
Prediction: Golden State Warriors 101, San Antonio Spurs 112
You would be hard-pressed to find a more diverse rivalry in the league than that of the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Both teams have been extremely successful as of the late, and yet, their contrasting play styles make games between the two spellbinding.
On one hand is San Antonio—a veteran team with a rich history. Their focus on being fundamentally sound has drawn the criticism of many who consider their simplistic but successful play style to be "boring."
On the other end of the spectrum is the Clippers, a franchise new to the playoff race. Nicknamed "Lob City" for their dunking aptitude, the team has won over the hearts of many fans.
The Clippers won the first two matchups of the season, but the Spurs struck back in February with a blowout win in which Chris Paul was held to a mere four points and three assists, while Tony Parker danced circles around him en route to 31 points and seven assists and the win.
Looking to tie the series, Parker and the Spurs will attempt to rediscover the magic that helped them earlier, while the Clippers will look to bounce back after the embarrassing loss.
In another matchup of elite point guards and power forwards, Parker an Paul will duel for title of "top point guard" while Blake Griffin and Tim Duncan will compete in a matchup of fundamentals vs. flair.
Both teams hold the potential to win, and with a possible playoff preview being showcased, fans won't want to miss this one.
Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers 102, San Antonio Spurs 104
The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat have faced once before this season, but the Heat's win comes with a giant asterisk. It was in that contest that Gregg Popovich controversially rested Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Danny Green and Manu Ginobili in an even that has since been dubbed "Restgate".
Though shorthanded, the Spurs put up quite a fight, ultimately suffering a last-minute defeat against LeBron James and company.
Now, the two top teams in either conference will look to truly compete for the first time this season in what might quite possibly be a preview of the NBA Finals.
Like the Clippers, the Heat are an athletic, exciting squad on the rise, while the Spurs are in the latter stages of their acclaimed dynasty, looking to add a final ring to their display.
With two of top MVP candidates in James and Parker, both the Spurs and the Heat have the talent to finish on top, and both squads are well-rounded with an efficient offense and a tenacious defense.
The young Kawhi Leonard will look to contain the reigning MVP, while Parker and Duncan will look to give their team the push necessary to prove themselves against the defending champions.
Prediction: Miami Heat 103, San Antonio Spurs 99
Though the potential Finals matchup is a must-watch for all NBA fans, the March 11 contest featuring the best teams in the West will be even better.
A repeat of last year's conference final, the Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder will compete in their final matchup in San Antonio before the end of the regular season, and with the two squads trading blows in their first two meetings, this game will determine who has the advantage in the series prior to their final game.
The Thunder have managed to remain a top contender despite trading James Harden, with Russell Westbrook exhibiting All-Star caliber play while Kevin Durant continues his quest for the MVP accolade.
The Spurs have their fair share of stars, too, namely Parker and Duncan, who will look to counter the Thunder's balanced scoring attack.
With countless talented role players like Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Martin and Manu Ginobili, the game will not necessarily be dictated by the performances of the stars, but by the teams' efforts as well.
Last year's exit against Oklahoma City has left as sour taste in the mouths of the Spurs, and with a repeat of last year's WCF a likely possibility, this game may very well be a preview for a bigger event later in the season.
Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder 111, San Antonio Spurs 119