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Oklahoma City 113, San Antonio 100 After two games against Oklahoma City, I have three overriding thoughts regarding this match-up: 1. No team’s interior presence bothers us more than the Thunder’s. Every time we play them, the team misses so many lay-ups and bunnies and shots at and around the rim. The team either rushes shots, or use too many moves and overwork themselves into bad shots, or overpasses on…

San Antonio 104, Golden State 102 Now that was a fun game. These shorthanded Spurs often produce my favorite games of the season. It’s really a win-win situation for the Spurs: if they lose, they were expected to; if they compete and win or almost win, then it’s a morale boost or a big victory. Either way, there is no pressure on the Spurs, the team is allowed to play…

San Antonio 108, Phoenix 101 After the Spurs’ loss in LA on Monday night, twitter was abuzz (helpful hint: avoid twitter wormholes) about the Spurs’ lack of a “signature win” in this early season. The Spurs beat who they have to, the narrative went, but every time they face a ‘quality’ opponent, they lose. Which, on its face, appears true. Our losses this season are to Portland, OKC, the Clippers,…

San Antonio 92, Los Angeles Clipper 115 My frustration watching this game was probably inversely proportional to its importance in the season writ large. There will always be games like this, where the team is just sloppy, playing with tired legs, and seem to be a beat or two slow all night. They’ll keep the game close enough to provide some hope, but never get over that proverbial hump. Every…

San Antonio 100, Utah 84 In the battle of tired legs, the Spurs talent is still too much for the Jazz. Capping off a stretch in which they flew to Mexico, then to Canada, then back to San Antonio, before settling in Utah (on their way to LA next), the Spurs had every reason to come into this game flat, tired, and out of sync. “Schedule loss” was written in…

Minnesota 110, San Antonio 117 Kevin Love went ‘nova first (and brightest), but Ginobili, with a little help from Parker, went last. After that Kevin Love 3rd quarter, I thought the Spurs were done for. He literally could not miss from 3 (to be fair, he did miss one in the quarter), the Spurs were playing lazy and sloppy and getting burned for it, and the Wolves had complete control…

San Antonio 109, Milwaukee 77 The Spurs scored pretty easily on their first few possessions, got up 9-0, and forced a timeout from the Bucks. And with that, the game was pretty much over. The Bucks have some good young talent, and I liked the way they competed, but they are crippled with injuries, and were completely outmatched at every turn by the Spurs. On the bright side, I love…

San Antonio 116, Toronto 103 This game had 2 permutations: the first quarter, in which the Raptors couldn’t miss a shot against a lackluster Spurs defense and won 36-24; and the rest. The rest saw the Spurs outscore Toronto 92-67, and it was only that close because of some last minute garbage time scoring. The Spurs should have won this game easily as Toronto just engaged in a major trade,…

Indiana 111, San Antonio 100 But man, wouldn’t this be a good series? I’ll take this Finals happily: two well-coached teams that play as a team, lock down on defense, and execute on offense? Yes, please. There was a lot of buzz coming into this game, both teams looking to make early statements this NBA season after both being a hair away from beating Miami in the playoffs last season….

Atlanta 100, San Antonio 102 If you ever wondered what it would like for the Spurs to play a younger, less talented version of themselves, last night was your answer. The result: pretty blah. The game was interesting in that it was close and the teams were mostly competing. But Coach Bud brought so much of the Spurs’ system with him to Atlanta, that both teams had each other’s numbers…