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Today is Tim Duncan Day because the mayor of San Antonio said so. I’d like to wish you a “Happy Tim Duncan Day!” but the reality is that this first Tim Duncan Day has to be a somber Tim Duncan Day. Because Tim Duncan is gone. He actually, literally might be gone. When was the last time anyone saw him? Until you find proof that he’s still among the living,…

Dear Tim, I was eight years old when you were drafted in 1997. I knew very little about life and even less about my future. Regardless, I watched with wide eyes as David Stern said, “With the 1st pick in the 1997 NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs select Tim Duncan from Wake Forest University”. My brother and I jumped up and down excitedly. This would be the first of…

Here’s the deal: free agency season in the NBA is about to begin, and the Spurs are rumored to be interested in several players. Every team is rumored to be interested in several players. Every single franchise in the league is confirmed to be interested in Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant is only interested in six teams, and for some reason that list includes the New York Knicks. So, interest means…

The 2015-16 San Antonio Spurs hit their ceiling in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs. It’s weird to say this about a team that won 67 games in the NBA regular season, but after taking some time to digest the Spurs’ loss to the Thunder, the seven-game maelstrom that was the Western Conference Finals, and an NBA Finals that just about had me speechless, it certainly feels like…

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…