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Here’s how the Spurs have fared on past rodeo road trips


Miguel Ramirez, an employee of Unison Drilling, guides a truck full of dirt Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, on the floor of the AT&T Center. The AT&T Center is undergoing the traditional conversion from the home of the Spurs to the home of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The arena requires 2,160 tons of soil and takes 70 truckloads to move the soil from its storage location to the AT&T Center.

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Miguel Ramirez, an employee of Unison Drilling, guides a truck full of dirt Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, on the floor of the AT&T Center. The AT&T Center is undergoing the traditional conversion from the home

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Photo: JOHN DAVENPORT, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Photo: JOHN DAVENPORT, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Miguel Ramirez, an employee of Unison Drilling, guides a truck full of dirt Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, on the floor of the AT&T Center. The AT&T Center is undergoing the traditional conversion from the home of the Spurs to the home of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The arena requires 2,160 tons of soil and takes 70 truckloads to move the soil from its storage location to the AT&T Center.

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Miguel Ramirez, an employee of Unison Drilling, guides a truck full of dirt Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, on the floor of the AT&T Center. The AT&T Center is undergoing the traditional conversion from the home

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Photo: JOHN DAVENPORT, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Here’s how the Spurs have fared on past rodeo road trips

The Spurs will be counting on happier travels this year than the rough rodeo road trip they embarked on last season.

Over that nine-game February excursion in 2019, San Antonio traveled 8,242 miles and came home with a single win.

Gregg Popovich and Co. kick off this year’s edition against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Feb. 3 — pause for the NBA All-Star Game — and return home after facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 23. The eight-game slate includes matchups against the rival Lakers and surging Jazz.

Each year since the AT&T Center opened in 2003, the Spurs have had to go on the road to make room for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Workers haul more than 2,000 tons of dirt into the stadium for the famed show.

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The performers at the 2020 rodeo include Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.

The first time the Spurs had to leave, they went 8-1 and carried that momentum to the 2003 NBA title.

That success continued throughout the Big Three era. Popovich enjoyed the team chemistry created during the long spell players spent together, and it translated to an 88-37 record during rodeo trips before retirements ended the trio’s run.

The Spurs went 6-2 in their first trip post-Tim Duncan, then 2-4 in 2017-18 before last season’s debacle.

Of course, San Antonio might accept another less-than-stellar February if the team repeats the success it had after returning home last year. The Spurs won nine straight and clawed their way into the playoffs.