The Spurs still have a chance of finishing with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters that San Antonio’s starters will play against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
Golden State, at 69–9, is chasing 73 wins while the No. 1 seed remains in play for the 65–12 Spurs.
Thursday marks the first NBA game ever with each team having at least 65 wins. The two teams will also play on Sunday in San Antonio.
Gregg Popovich: "Everyone is going to play."— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) April 8, 2016
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he plans to play his full team in Sunday's game in San Antonio.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 8, 2016
Popovich also says he intends to play ALL his regulars vs GSW on Sunday, and plans to sit all the regulars tomorrow in Denver— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 8, 2016
The Warriors lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, which dropped them to 69–9 on the year. The team must win its remaining four games in order to set an NBA record with 73 victories.
Besides playing the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio will face the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks before the season ends.
In addition to their two games against the Spurs, the Warriors will meet the Memphis Grizzlies twice.
If the Spurs were to win their last five contests and the Warriors lose at least one game against the Grizzlies, the Spurs would finish with a 70–12 record and a 3–1 head-to-head record over the Warriors which would give them the Western Conference No. 1 seed.