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Spurs out of playoffs for 1st time in 23 seasons


Gregg Popovich (center), coach of the San Antonio Spurs, listen to the national anthem before facing the Utah Jazz, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Kevin C. Cox

The Spurs’ streak of 22 consecutive postseason appearances was snapped on Thursday, when San Antonio was left with no chance of advancing to the qualifying series in the Western Conference.

The Spurs, who had tied a record with their 22 consecutive playoff appearances, were officially eliminated when Memphis defeated Milwaukee, while Phoenix undefeatedly completed their eight-game participation in the resumption of the NBA campaign within the NBA. “Bubble” with a win over Dallas.

Those meetings ended shortly before San Antonio played its last game of the season, against Utah. The Spurs needed the Grizzlies or Suns to go down to have any chance to sneak into the qualifying series that begins Saturday and defines the final berth to the postseason.

Philadelphia’s 22-year streak of qualifying for the playoffs tied that achieved by Philadelphia as the longest in NBA history. The 76ers, who started out as the Syracuse Nationals before moving to Philadelphia, qualified for the playoffs each year from 1950 to 1971.

Following the elimination of San Antonio, the longest running streak of playoff appearances belongs to the Houston Rockets. They will play the postseason for the eighth year in a row starting next week.