San Antonio Spurs need to lose against Thunder

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San Antonio Spurs come into tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder looking to gain their 20th straight victory in the NBA.

Their recent run has surpassed all expectations as they have broken their own franchise winning streak in the big league.

However, like most impressive winning streaks, they have to come to an end at some point. And for the Spurs it needs to come to an end tonight.

That may sound like a ridiculous statement, but hear me out first.

Spurs lead the Western Conference standings after posting a record of 59-16 so far this season, with the Thunder not too far behind on 54-19.

OKC will host the game tonight at 8pm ET, but that shouldn't matter for San Antonio, as they have only lost eight games both on the road and at home respectively this season.

At this moment the Spurs are by far the best team in the NBA, and they have proven that in their 19-game winning streak by beating quality teams such as the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat.

As a result they have nothing left to prove to the rest of the league's elite. Now the only issue that surrounds the team is whether or not they have peaked to early.

In some sports across the globe this isn't a problem because of the first past the post system of winning the league championship.

However, every major US sport runs a post-season system whereby the winner of the competition is decided in the playoffs. And the NBA is no different.

In most major sports it's not always about how many you win, but how you respond to losing that defines whether or not you are a true champion team.

The Spurs will definitely experience losing to a top side in the playoffs come that time, so the sooner they can get back that feeling the better they will deal with it.

The worry for San Antonio is that when they finally taste defeat they might not be able to handle it. So losing tonight might could be the best tonic for them ahead of the playoffs later this month.

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