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Spurs Euthanize Bobcats

By Daniel Strickland on December 7, 2006.

Game 19 vs. Charlotte: Spurs 96, Bobcats 76
Record: 14-5 Streak: W-3

The Spurs beat the Bobcats on Tuesday, thanks in part to another night of great free throw shooting (really?) and another poor outing by the love child of Larry Bird and Jack White.

[Just to be clear, I have all the respect in the world for Bird and White, I just thought the line was funny enough to bear repeating.]

Frankly, it’s hard for me to get excited about this win, even if it was payback for the loss against Charlotte in San Antonio last month.

I mean, there are so many more important things in the news … the confirmation hearings of Robert Gates … the findings of the Iraq Study Group … the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko … Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter is pregnant … dozens sick from E. coli in green onions at Taco Bell … freak tornado hits London … evidence of recent water on MarsJames Kim dies while attempting to get help for his stranded family in Oregon mountains … a San Antonio coed hooks up with actor Vince Vaughn … 2007 Grammy Award nominees are announced …

Ok, so none of this has anything to do with the Spurs or NBA basketball. Where was I? Oh, right. The Bobcats are arguably the worst team in the league, and the Spurs are one of the best (the best?). Where’s the fun in that?

Just ask Sean May how tough it is playing the Spurs.

“They take Robert Horry, who’s old as dirt, and they put him in a ball screen and you have to make a decision,” May said. “Are you going to stop Tony Parker from getting a layup or Robert Horry from hitting that 3? They just put you in a tough position.”

I mean, you wouldn’t expect to see eight (!) Spurs play 20+ minutes against any other team, would you? No, not even against the Memphis Grizzlies, sin Gasol.

It certainly didn’t help that Bobcats guard Brevin Knight (#4 points, #1 assists) was ejected in the third quarter or that Adam Morrison (#2 points) was 1-of-10 from the field.

This victory proved nothing. The next few days will be more telling: the Clippers at home, followed by both the Lakers and Clippers in LA. Let’s hope the Spurs keep up the good work.

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