Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/11/13
It has finally happened. The San Antonio Spurs have given up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. If the playoffs began today they would play seventh-seeded Houston in the first round, which is to say the ship is taking on water. It is a waste of time to predict how the Spurs will look in the playoffs. Two of their best players, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, are out of the lineup with injuries that aren't expected to keep them out of the postseason. But that's just the thing. The Spurs are old enough that injuries are a reasonably predictable factor from here on out. When evaluating the Spurs, now, you have to account for the relatively high probability Tim Duncan (nearly 37), Ginobili (35) or Parker (30) will miss some time with an injury. The Spurs are better than the Rockets, but of all the potential opponents for San Antonio in the first round (the Warriors, Rockets, Lakers and Jazz), the Rockets are the team that could give an aging team the most trouble. Houston is the...
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