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Season 50, Game 73 San Antonio 103, Cleveland 74 57-16, 2nd in the West My biggest takeaway from the Spurs absolute beatdown of the Cavs on Monday night: Kyle Anderson can dunk. Kyle Anderson can dunk?! Are you kidding me? Where’s that move been, young fella. If you missed Kyle dunking in the 4th quarter, you’re probably not alone. The Spurs so thoroughly outplayed the Cavs that this game was…

Season 50, Game 72 San Antonio 106, New York 98 56-16, 2nd in the West Individual +/- for a single game is often a noisy stat, but at the very least, it can show you who was on the court when the team played well. For Saturday’s win against the Knicks, it’s quite telling. The team leaders were: Pau Gasol, +15; Kawhi Leonard, +12; and Patty Mills, +10. These are also…

Season 50, Game 71 San Antonio 97, Memphis 90 55-16, 2nd in the West It’s only March, and I’m already tired of this (eventual first-round) match-up. I’m not sure what scheduling quirk created two divisional teams playing all four of their games in the final 2 months of the season (and 3 in the final 15 games), but here we are. And it’s not like these two teams are new…

Season 50, Game 70 San Antonio 100, Minnesota 93 54-16, 2nd in the West Kawhi Leonard looks tired. The Spurs won the game (Minnesota has been playing great lately, but the Spurs just kind of own them right now), but all I could think watching it was that Kawhi just isn’t quite right. He’s short on his shot. His percentages are dipping ever so slightly (more dramatically from 3, where…

Season 50, Game 69 San Antonio 118, Sacramento 102 53-16, 2nd in the West At least this time the Spurs didn’t wait until they were down 28 to start their comeback. Continuing the trend of sluggish starts, the Spurs let the Kings jump out to a quick double digit lead. Once again, they were sluggish and out of sorts on offense, and nothing was coming easy. About midway through the…

Season 50, Games 67 and 68 San Antonio 106, Portland 110 San Antonio 96, Memphis 104 52-16, 2nd in the West After taking the 1-seed (and taking control of their seeding destiny), the Spurs went on a 2-game losing skid and lost both. The Spurs have the toughest schedule remaining, with most games against playoff teams fighting for seeds or teams fighting for their playoff lives. In a sense, the…

Season 50, Game 66 San Antonio 107, Atlanta 99 52-14, 1st in the West With Monday’s win against Atlanta, the Spurs did something most people thought impossible before the season: they took possession of first in the West. Yes, yes, technically they are tied with Golden State. But the Spurs own the tiebreaker, so I’m taking it: the Spurs are first. Most of us thought the Warriors would be just…

Season 50, Game 65 San Antonio 107, Golden State 85 51-14, 2nd in the West What was anticipated to be one of the most exciting and important games of the season turned into a dud, an exhibition of the NBA’s grueling schedule and the grind these players put their bodies through each and every day, rather than the sublimity of their athleticism and talent. I’m in the minority, likely, as…

Season 50, Game 64 San Antonio 92, Oklahoma City 102 50-14, 2nd in the West The Spurs were due a loss. After flirting with one for the last two weeks but always escaping with the win, the L was coming for them sooner rather than later. In the wake of Wednesday’s huge comeback win, Thursday’s back-to-back in Oklahoma City was the perfect spot for the loss. It’s fine. I expected…

Season 50, Game 63 San Antonio 114, Sacramento 104 50-13, 2nd in the West I’ve seen a lot of Spurs basketball, and I feel confident saying that first quarter was the worst quarter I’ve ever seen the team play. “Complete trash” is the phrase that comes to mind. Evans, Koufos, Hield, and Labissiere all looked like they were going to have career nights, while the Spurs looked like they had forgotten to…