This could be a blessing in disguise. Yeah, Spurs may slip out of the top seed in the West, but we haven't done much with that when we've had it lately.
The blessing is that the Spurs will have to overcome the unspoken sense that Tony would bail us out in the 4th quarter of close games. Rather than just plugging in Nando, Patty or Joseph, the team may work the month to devise patterns on offense that go beyond TP's dribble-penetration. That's a great idea when it works, but as this board has noted, it can be stopped in the playoffs.
Let's see some innovation. We'll take our lumps in the short term, but it may push youngsters like Kawhi to get creative.