Spurs gauntlet of tough games begins Wednesday against Nuggets

Spurs take on 3 top contenders in West; Miami Heat on Easter Sunday

Author: RJ Marquez, Web Editor, rmarquez@ksat.com
Published On: Mar 27 2013 04:28:21 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2013 06:09:56 AM CDT
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SAN ANTONIO -

The playoffs are less than a month away, but the AT&T Center will be buzzing with playoff like excitement this week as the Spurs begin the season's toughest stretch of games.

The gauntlet begins Wednesday when the Denver Nuggets come into town fresh off a 15-game winning streak.

The Nuggets are expected to be without point guard Ty Lawson, who has missed the last three games with a heel injury. Key reserve Wilson Chandler has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.

The Nuggets are currently seeded 3rd in the West and have split the season series with the Spurs, with both winning once at home. They meet again in the Mile High City on April 10.

The Clippers, who are currently seeded 4th, make the trip to SA on Friday. The other Los Angeles team is on a 4-game road trip across the southwest and play at New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Friday's Spurs-Clippers matchup at the AT&T Center will be the final meeting between the two this season. The Clips have taken 2 of 3 from San Antonio this season.

Easter Sunday could be a possible NBA Finals preview as the red hot Miami Heat make their one and only regular season trip to the AT&T Center.

The Heat could possibly be in SA with a 30-game win streak on the line. They play at Chicago on Wednesday and New Orleans on Friday. 

The Heat beat San Antonio in their only game this season when Coach Popovich controversially sent home Duncan, Parker, Manu and Danny Green before the game. Dwyane Wade has been hurt, but was expected to return this week.

And if that wasn't enough, the Spurs hit the road to take on the Grizzlies the very next night.

Memphis is currently seeded 5th in the West. The Spurs have taken 2 of 3 from the Grizz this season.