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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…

2016 Western Conference Finals, First Round San Antonio 94, Memphis 68 Spurs lead series 2-0 If the Spurs beat the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs, but no one watches, does it really happen? Most die-hard NBA fans have already tuned out this series, and plenty of die-hard Spurs fans are headed that way. While it’s always nice to see the Spurs win big, there’s little joy in…

2016 Western Conference Playoffs, First Round San Antonio 106, Memphis 74 Spurs lead series 1-0 Credit to the Spurs: they have more appropriate fear of these Grizzlies than most of their fans. It’s easy to see why. There is a massive dearth of top-level NBA talent on this Memphis roster. Zach Randolph is probably the ‘truest’ NBA player remaining on their roster, and this ain’t 2011 Z-Bo. The Spurs contained…

As we begin the process of another playoff run, let me ask you a question: when was the last time the Spurs played a solid end-to-end basketball game? You could counter with: “When was the last time the Spurs played a meaningful basketball game?” And you would have a point. Perhaps this is to the benefit of the Warriors, who had a historic chase to keep them engaged and sharp….

Season 49, Game 81 San Antonio 102, Oklahoma City 98 OT Season 49, Game 82 San Antonio 96, Dallas 91 67-15, 2nd in the West Back in the day, coaches didn’t rest players. At least not much. And records, both for teams and individual players, mattered a whole lot. Just ask David Robinson. On April 24, 1994, entering the final game of the regular season, The Admiral trailed Shaquille O’Neal…

The Spurs haven’t played a meaningful game since, oh, mid-March? Once they locked up the two seed, everyone got the feeling that nothing really mattered until the regular season ended. The players might not have felt that way, but sometimes they sure looked like they felt that way. They’ve certainly looked like nothing mattered for a majority of the last two weeks of the regular season. Sometimes it’s been disconcerting….