Regular Season Success
While NBA observers hold their collective breath over whether the Golden State Warriors will win 73 games, that team from South Texas is quietly — of course — updating a few records of its own on its slow and steady trod to the playoffs.
With a 102-95 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, April 2, the Spurs set a single-season franchise record with 64 wins. And since the Warriors lost to the Boston Celtics last week, the Spurs now hold the longest active home winning streak.
The Spurs haven't lost at home yet this year, and with two home games left, the team has a chance to do something unprecedented: post a perfect 41-0 in regular season games. But that will be hard to do, since the Spurs' final two home games come against its toughest Western Conference rivals: the Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
All this regular season success might seem to fly in the face of conventional Spurs wisdom. After all, the Popovich-Duncan era Spurs are known to eschew 82-game records in favor of resting up for the playoffs. But there's been plenty of that, too. No Spur ranks in the top 50 in terms of total minutes played. The Spurs who have logged the heaviest minutes are Kawhi Leonard, who's played the 53rd-most minutes in the NBA, and LaMarcus Aldridge, who's played the 68th-most. No other Spur even cracks the top 100.
Conversations about "the best Spurs team ever" will be reserved until after the playoffs. But from a regular season perspective, this year's club has a full-court press on that discussion.
I'm on a (New) Boat!
Heading to the River Walk? Take a good, hard look at the barges ferrying folks. They'll soon be replaced by newer models.
Well, not too soon. The new versions won't hit the water until 2018, in time for the city's Tricentennial. But the updates will look completely different, and operate differently, too.
The updated design was created by METALAB, a Houston-based firm. The single-deck barges will run on electric motors, and have plenty of room to accommodate people in wheelchairs. The decorative railings are slanted outward and designed to look like papel picado.
The METALAB design beat out 11 others from around the country. The final three were showcased last week in an open house where the public could provide feedback on their favorite.
In May, the City of San Antonio will put out requests for proposals to build and operate the fleet. A test barge will hit the river in 2017 to ensure that the design works on the River Walk.
San Antonio sports history was made Sunday night. It just happened to be in Seattle.
San Antonio FC, the city's new professional soccer team, debuted on April 3 against Seattle Sounders FC 2 in Tukwila, Washington. The inaugural game was also the club's first win, as they shut out Seattle 3-0. Jason Johnson, a Jamaican national who previously played for the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer, scored two goals in the first half.
With a perfect record, San Antonio will hold its long-awaited home opener on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Toyota Field.