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Leonard Sits, Ginobili Gets Hurt, Spurs Lose

Season 51, Game 45
San Antonio 99, Atlanta Hawks 102
29-16, 4th in the West

In what has become a disturbing trend, I am here to recap another Spurs loss against one of the worst teams in the NBA.

San Antonio followed up on its ugly, ugly loss to the Lakers with a resounding win against the Denver Nuggets. And in this road matchup with the Hawks, the Spurs came out firing. You never want to call a game in the first quarter (Even against a team tied for the worst record in the NBA), but the beginning of this game had all the makings of a blowout.

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The 7 Best Memes of Manu Ginobili Blocking James Harden

AP Photo/Eric Gay

It was the block heard around the world.

With seconds to play in overtime Tuesday night, 39-year-old future Hall-of-Famer Manu Ginobili blocked 27-year-old James Harden and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Houston Rockets 110-107.

Let that sink in for a second.

And then think about this: James Harden “was 9-years-old when the Spurs drafted Ginobili with the second-to-last pick of the 1999 NBA draft – or 34 picks after Devean George.”

You’ll find 5 great photos of the block and the moments that followed on USA Today Sports.

What follows are some of our favorite fan-generated memes.

Enjoy.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Spurs’ Season Ends (Again) In Loss To Golden State

2018 Western Conference Playoffs, First Round
San Antonio 91, Golden State 99
Golden State wins series 4-1

They battled valiantly (as much as playing a game can be valiant) to the final buzzer, showing true heart and grit. It just wasn’t enough.

We all knew it wasn’t going to be enough. Every Spurs fan I know concocted scenarios in which this Spurs team could win this series: “remember that game in Golden State a few months ago that they should have won…?” “The Spurs can’t be beat at home; if they can just steal one on the road….” “Golden State is really limping into the playoffs and missing their best player….”

Yet, when pressed, all of us picked Golden State in 4 or 5 games, depending on how charitable our mood was that day. It was a fait accompli.

We don’t need to re-litigate the series or the season. It’s over. The team wasn’t talented enough. Absent their superstar, the frayed edges and slightly ripped seams of “the system” really started to show for the first time.

It was a (relatively) miserable season to watch. Something always bugged me about this season, and it finally dawned on me as the Spurs’ final gasp fell just short in Game 5: for the first time I can remember as a fan, the actual games mattered very little.

The whole season felt like prologue to the summer. The outcome on the court bore little consequence to the health and future of the franchise, particularly in relationship to what is to come off the court this summer. In a league often defined more by what happens away from the game than during the game, this is the first time I really felt that dichotomy coming to bear on the Spurs.

It sucked. It still sucks. The regular season didn’t matter. The playoffs didn’t matter. Match-ups against the Warriors didn’t matter. Essentially, once Kawhi Leonard went down with injury, the entirety of the 2017-18 Spurs’ season just didn’t matter. So why did I watch every second of it?

For the first time in my adult life, I really began to question the nature of my fandom. Do I really just cheer for laundry, as Jerry Seinfeld so eloquently quipped decades ago. My love for the Spurs was born in the special relationship between Pop and Tim Duncan, in the passion of Manu Ginobili, in the ruthless and efficient turnstile of role players that always played a small but pivotal role in our successes and failures.

But what now? Duncan is gone. Ginobili isn’t long for the NBA. Pop has real decisions to make, but likely won’t be here beyond 2020. Kawhi was meant to be the torch bearer, carrying our fandom into the next generation, the true bridge between iterations of the team.

And now an entire season is wiped clean, awaiting a solitary decision in the summer, when nary a basket is made nor a pick is set. If he comes back, can we go back to a simpler time, before this season’s soap opera swallowed everything else whole? Or is it already too late; is our fandom broken, and we’re just like every other franchise out there? Can we ever look at our superstar player the same way again? Can we ever look at our franchise the same way again?

Maybe it’s already too late. This is a recap of Game 5 of a playoff series, and nothing about actual basketball is written, because nothing about the actual basketball matters to anyone.

The NBA is the best league. But it can also be the worst.

Spurs Dynasty Podcast – Episode 35

In the latest SDP, Trace and Stephen:

  • recap games 3 and 4.
  • reflect on Manu Ginobili’s career.
  • consider the merits of wearing your free Go Spurs Go shirt at the game. #putontheshirt
  • speculate about what we can expect in game 5.
  • chat about the other NBA playoff series.

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Go Spurs Go!

This is Not How it Ends

2018 Western Conference Playoffs, First Round
San Antonio 103, Golden State 90
Golden State leads series 3-1

Sunday afternoon was a necessary win.

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 103-90 and lived to fight another day. It was the culmination of a thousand emotions, shared by a team, an organization, and a fan base which hasn’t been in this situation in the last two decades. Our team probably won’t win the series, although the way this season has gone, would it surprise you if they did?

I predicted during the series preview episode of the SDP that the Spurs would win game 4 before being eliminated in game 5. While I may have accurately predicted the destination, I could not have predicted the journey. Frankly, I don’t think anyone could have predicted how chaotic this season has been, let alone this playoff series.

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