One down, four to go.
If the San Antonio Spurs are going to give up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, this is probably the time they will do it. After beating Denver on Wednesday, the Spurs are one game into the most difficult five-game stretch of their season. Beginning Wednesday, San Antonio began a run against the teams with the five best records in the NBA Denver, Miami, Oklahoma City, Memphis and the Clippers. The Nuggets game came down to the last possession, but a win in a win and at 54-17 the Spurs remain a game and a half ahead of the Thunder and five and a half games ahead of the Clippers, who San Antonio hosts Friday.
The Spurs don't mind.
"I think it's great," point guard Tony Parker told the San Antonio Express News. "I said after the last game at home, the playoffs have started. It was playoff intensity against Utah. It was playoff intensity against Houston. They needed that win to get in the playoffs. So all of these games are goin...