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Spurs One Win Closer to Clinching

Season 51, Game 80
San Antonio 116, Portland 105
46-34, 6th in the West

If Saturday night’s matchup versus the visiting Portland Trail Blazers felt like a playoff game to you, you’re not alone. San Antonio came into the game needing two wins in their final three contests to secure a 21st consecutive trip to the playoffs.  The team has been in win-or-go-home mode since, what, early March?

Another reason this much-need victory felt like a playoff game: The Spurs could very well end up meeting Portland in the first round of the playoffs next weekend. Portland currently holds the 3 seed, while San Antonio sits in 6th. Continue reading

Spurs Stop Bleeding in Home Win Over Thunder

Season 51, Game 76
San Antonio 103, Oklahoma City 99
44-32, 4th in the West

In February, I would have guessed another four to six game losing streak was coming. Hell, I would have guessed that earlier in March too. But the San Antonio Spurs, fresh off two embarrassing road losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards, found a way to take down Oklahoma City at home. And whew, it was nice to see San Antonio prevent their previous two losses from snowballing into something worse, I’ll tell you what.

Led by – who else – LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs got just enough from their players to not only win the game, but improve to fourth in the Western Conference. With just six games left, San Antonio sits 2.5 games behind Portland, and only 2.5 games ahead of the L.A. Clippers in 9th place. This is to say that every game really matters at this point in the season, and we should all be extremely thankful Aldridge is along for the ride.

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Spurs Kicked Out of Playoff Picture in Houston

Season 51, Game 67
San Antonio 93, Houston 109
37-30, 10th in the West

That sound you’re hearing isn’t the San Antonio Spurs hitting rock bottom. It’s the sweet sound of free fall, which is only cool if you have a parachute and a plan. Or if you’re on a trampoline. Maybe a bungee cord, but that looks like it hurts, not to belabor the point.

No, what happened versus the Houston Rockets on Monday night wasn’t rock bottom – it was like getting hit by a large eagle on the way down. Even at full strength, San Antonio would have had the odds stacked against them facing the top seed in the Western Conference . Without LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, or even Manu Ginóbili, the Spurs never stood a chance.

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Spurs Allow Champs to Steal Another One

Season 51, Game 65
San Antonio 107, Golden State 110
37-28, 5th in the West

The San Antonio Spurs could have won this game.

You can argue they should have won this game.

And hey, they probably would have won this game with a healthy starting five.

You’re probably just as tired of reading those three sentences as we are tired of writing those three sentences, but here we are again. San Antonio held an eight-point lead late in the game and watched it evaporate into thin air behind a brilliant performance by the Warriors’ Kevin Durant.

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Finally, Something to Believe In

Season 51, Game 61
San Antonio 110, Cleveland 94
36-25, 3rd in the West

The Rodeo Road Trip certainly didn’t go according to plan, but the Spurs – desperate to snap their four-game losing streak – found a way to close it on a high note. San Antonio defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-94, led by their lone all-star LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished the game with 27 points and six rebounds. Though the big man led all scorers for San Antonio, he had a rough time in the first half. Aldridge shot 2-8 from the field before halftime, but managed to sink all eight of his free throws, keeping the Spurs within three at the break. Continue reading

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