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San Antonio faces tough task defending NBA crown as the sixth seed
San Antonio faces tough task defending NBA crown as the sixth seed

The path the San Antonio Spurs have to take in their quest to keep their NBA championship crown will be daunting. They enter the playoffs as the sixth-seeded team in the loaded Western Conference, which means the defending champion Spurs won’t have the home-court advantage in the first round and possibly throughout the entire playoffs. The Spurs’ first task will be trying to defeat a very good Clippers team in one of the most compelling first-round series in the playoffs that starts Sunday at Staples Center. The Clippers have the home-court advantage as the third seed by virtue of a 56-26 record, just one game better than the Spurs. San Antonio had an opportunity to be...

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