SAN ANTONIO – Forget all the clichés except for maybe one from former Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis: "Just win, baby."
That is what the San Antonio Spurs have to do Thursday night when they host the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs.
If the Spurs win, they will force a Game 7 in Denver on Saturday. If they lose, then it's time for summer vacation.
“We want to extend the season. It’s not going to be easy,” said Spurs center Jakob Poeltl. "It’s an elimination game we have to leave it all out there on the court.”
“It is a Game 7, these next two games are Game 7s,” said Spurs guard Bryn Forbes.
The Spurs will have to rely on some experiences in the past where they have had to respond to adversity.
“We bounce back pretty well. We know what we have to do. It’s about us sticking together,” Poeltl said.
On the opposite side of the court, Denver is looking to close things out after winning back-to-back games in the series.