Five Bullet Friday: Barkley on Kawhi, Patty’s block and a marquee matchup

Five Bullet Friday is a new series we are debuting on Project Spurs that gives Spurs fans a look at what we’ve been reading and watching. Credit to Tim Ferris for the original idea from his newsletter. Here’s this week’s version.

• What we’re reading

CBS’ Jason Keidel talks about how winning is nothing new to the Spurs, who will be making their 19th consecutive postseason appearance.

Not only is it easily the longest streak in the NBA — the Atlanta Hawks are second, with eight consecutive playoff entries — they never even squeak in. The Spurs have won 50 games in 18 of their last 19 seasons. The only time they didn’t reach the 50-win mark was during the lockout-shortened season of 1998-99, when San Antonio posted a 37-13 record.

Bonus reading: Lorne Chan writes a great feature about Spurs PA announcer Jonathon Sanford, who I somehow hear around Texas from past Austin Spurs games, San Antonio Stars games, UIL Tournament games and for the Austin Independent School District.

• What we’re watching

The NBA showed some serious love to Kawhi Leonard in last night’s broadcast. Here’s what Charles Barkley had to say about the Spurs’ swingman, courtesy of Whipclip.

• Marquee Matchup

The Spurs have four games on the schedule next week, but the highlight of the schedule comes in next Saturday’s match against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs have three remaining games against the Thunder to close out the season and this will be the first. Earlier in the season, in their first matchup, the Thunder took a 112-106 win at home in a game where Russell Westbrook finished with 33 points and 10 assists.

This game will be at the AT&T Center and with the news that Manu Ginobili is probable for tomorrow night’s game against the Kings, you’ll likely see two healthy squads. Any time you get to see Leonard square off against Kevin Durant and likely Danny Green against Westbrook, it’s probably worth tuning in.

Currently the Thunder are on a two-game skid, while the Spurs have won their last seven. Currently, the Thunder are 10.5 games behind the Spurs, so unless the Thunder go on a hot streak and the Spurs struggle finishing the season, the chances are low that OKC would be able to catch the Spurs for the second seed in the West, but you can bet they’ll be trying. The game will be broadcast on ABC at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday.

•  Highlight of the Week

While there were several highlights worthy of inclusion I felt compelled to include a highlight of a Patty Mills block, based on the rarity of it alone.

• Around the Network

Some of the latest content from around the Project Spurs Network

Red Black 90 | San Antonio FC plays to draw in season opener

Texas Redzone Report | High School Football paved path for Hall-of-Famers

Bobcats Insider | Bobcats lose several offensive linemen

Stars Hoops | Stars re-sign Sydney Colson

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.