In NBA’s wild West, 'every game … is a Game 7,' Spurs’ Dejounte Murray says

The Spurs have only three games remaining and the players are fully aware of the task they have in front of them.

With one week remaining in the NBA regular season, the Spurs have a lot on the line as they try to clinch their 21st consecutive playoff berth in a crowded Western Conference race.

After a costly 122-112 loss to the Lakers Wednesday in overtime, San Antonio (45-34) fell into a tie with Oklahoma City (45-34) for the fifth spot. The Spurs are also tied with the Timberwolves (44-34) and Pelicans (44-34) in the loss column while the Nuggets (43-35) and Clippers (42-36) are close behind.

San Antonio has only three games remaining in the regular season and the players are fully aware of the task they have in front of them.

"Man, we've got to know that every game is a playoff, a Game 7 for us," Dejounte Murray said (via ESPN.com). "We've got to play for 48 minutes, and if the game decides to go to overtime like it did tonight, we've got to be ready to play even more. We've just got to be ready to compete for the whole game. We come out hot in a lot of games, and there are some quarters we give up 38-40 points, and it ends up hurting us in the end.

"We are staying together," Murray added. "One thing I can say, we are staying together. There is a lot going on. When you lose games, it is easy to lose focus."

The Spurs will face the Trail Blazers, Kings and Pelicans to close out the regular season, and if they do make it to the playoffs, the Spurs would break a tie between Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson for the most consecutive playoff appearances by a coach in NBA history.