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Brutal. Just brutal. A franchise best, 67-win season, wasted in five games against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The last few games were difficult to watch. No, take that back. They weren’t difficult: they were brutal. I feel stupid. I really do. I looked at this team throughout the course of the season and I started to think that, even though the Warriors are a better team, the Spurs could beat…

2016 Western Conference Semifinals San Antonio 99, Oklahoma City 113 Thunder win series 4-2 I didn’t expect this. Late in the regular season, eyeing a potential 2nd round match-up against the Thunder, I was worried. The way the Spurs were playing at the time, I thought this series would be tougher than most assumed. Still, I trusted in the 67-win juggernaut to come through against a talented but underperforming Thunder…

2016 Western Conference Semifinals San Antonio 91, Oklahoma City 95 Thunder lead series 3-2 Grab. The. Damn. Ball. There’s a nice bit of irony at work here that in a season when the Spurs zagged against prevailing trends by doubling down on post play and a more traditional style, it’s the Thunder’s ability to go extra big that might run them out of the playoffs. One might think that the…

2016 Western Conference Semifinals San Antonio 97, Oklahoma City 111 Series tied 2-2 That is the Oklahoma City Thunder team I feared would eventually show up in this series. It’s fair to say that OKC’s ceiling as a team is higher than San Antonio’s, but that San Antonio is more consistent. A lot more consistent. But when peak OKC shows up, the Spurs are in big trouble. We know about the…

2016 Western Conference Semifinals San Antonio 100, Oklahoma City 96 Spurs lead series 2-1 It’s fitting that the Spurs iced the game by making four clutch free throws in the final minute, considering they had suffered from the yips up until that point, missing 10 of their previous 30 attempts. It’s doubly fitting that the two players who salted the game away with those clutch free throws were the team’s…

2016 Western Conference Semifinals San Antonio 97, Oklahoma City 98 Series tied 1-1 You probably want to talk about those last 13 seconds. I don’t really want to. In a 1-point loss, much will always be made about the final play or plays. When there are 5 (according to the NBA) missed fouls in one final possession, a whole lot will be made about it. But as many have already…

2016 Western Conference Semifinals San Antonio 124, Oklahoma City 92 Spurs lead series 1-0 OK, Spurs. We all see you. After most NBA heads decided to take the first round series against Memphis off, the prevailing assumption was that this second round series against OKC would be a classic. And while it very much still could be, this first game could also be a harbinger of things to come. The…

Before the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs started, I wrote that Danny Green needed to get his shit together if the Spurs were going to take home their sixth Larry O’Brien trophy. I stand by that statement, but I still think I might owe him an apology for mis-analyzing his offensive role on the team. I mean it. Let me explain. I feel bad for comparing his point…

2016 Western Conference Playoffs, First Round San Antonio 116, Memphis 95 Spurs win series 4-0 It took a half for the team to wake up for the early tip, but once they did, they finished their job and put the series to rest. This was about as inevitable as playoff series come. Everybody – and I mean everybody – knew the Spurs were taking this series. Most even predicted a sweep….

2016 Western Conference Playoffs, First Round San Antonio 96, Memphis 87 Spurs lead series 3-0 At the end of the third quarter, the Grizzlies had the rarest of things in this series: a lead. They had fought, scrapped, and clawed their way to a 1-point margin in the first 36 minutes. They had successfully ‘mucked it up’. That’s the best way to describe a severely undermanned team’s best strategy to beat…