The San Antonio Spurs finished 1-7 in their annual Rodeo Road Trip, which is their worst record in the trip since it started during the 2002-03 NBA season. They are currently 11-22 on the road, sitting at the 19th spot in the NBA for road records.

The Spurs have struggled with consistency since they traded All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan. Their defense is currently allowing 111.6 opponent points per game, the most under head coach Gregg Popovich.

Spurs continue to struggle

During their last eight games, the Spurs have allowed an average of 122.8 points per game, the third-worst mark in the NBA during that span. The only worse teams were the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Wizards, which are teams out of playoff contention.

The Spurs struggled throughout the Rodeo Road Trip, falling to the Kings, Knicks, Nets, and Warriors.

Their only win came against a depleted Memphis team, who were without Mike Conley. The Grizzlies had also recently traded All-Star center, Marc Gasol. [VIDEO]The Spurs currently sit in eighth place in the Western Conference. They will look to bounce back with their next three games at home. Two of the games against two of the best three teams in the Western Conference, (Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets). These three games will be huge for the Spurs, as they are 22-7 on their home floor; fourth best in the NBA.

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Can Spurs make the playoffs?

With Dejounte Murray out since the beginning of the season with a torn ACL, the Spurs hadn't been able to put together a tough defense. Head coach Gregg Popovich mentioned earlier in the season that they were very challenged defensively having Dejounte out, who, he stated, was their best defender behind Kawhi Leonard last season.

Derrick White, who has stepped up his game offensively and defensively, has also been out for a while. He missed the start of the season due to plantar fasciitis. He clearly has been missed by the Spurs, especially in the defensive end, since most of the time he is guarding the best guard on the other team.

This team is facing unfamiliar territory right now, as they are fighting for a playoff spot, which the Spurs have easily gotten in the past 20 years.

They currently hold the longest active streak of playoff appearances, not only in the NBA but in any major North American sports leagues, at 21-straight seasons. Will they be able to keep the streak alive?

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