Spurs patiently await opponent for 2nd round

The San Antonio Spurs know the playoffs require physicality, focus and teamwork. They have learned patience is needed, too.

For the second consecutive postseason, San Antonio will wait at least a week between series in the Western Conference playoffs.

After completing a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers on April 28, the Spurs are awaiting the winner between Golden State and Denver. The Warriors hold a 3-2 lead entering Game 6 at home Thursday night.

Waiting is nothing new for the playoff-veteran Spurs.

San Antonio waited eight days last season after sweeping Utah in the opening round and then had a week between games after sweeping the Los Angeles Clippers. They opened the Western Conference finals with two straight wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder before dropping four straight to lose the series.