NBA Christmas: A gift for each team’s wish list in 2018

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San Antonio Spurs: 22 straight

Something like “acceptance” or “gratitude for a historic playoff streak” is probably more appropriate, but let’s be real here: All San Antonio Spurs fans want for Christmas is a 22nd straight playoff appearance.

This team’s defense is underwhelming, its 3-point attack is efficient but operates on low volume, and there’s every possibility Gregg Popovich and the Spurs miss the postseason for the first time in over two decades. Even so, that stubbornness and dedication to competing is what makes the Spurs the Spurs.

Seeing as how Christmas is a season for hope, it felt more fitting for their biggest Christmas gift to be another year in the postseason, even if it’ll likely end in a first round exit. Tanking just isn’t in this team’s DNA. (Well, not since David Robinson‘s injury helped scoop up Tim Duncan, at least. And come to think of it, that did work out pretty well ….)