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With a quarter of the 2015-2016 NBA regular season now played, you can look at the top players in the five major statistical categories (average points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks per game) and get a good idea who will be receiving votes for the next All-Star Game in Toronto, Ontario. These players have already been glorified by the public as the best in the game this season. None of…

Season 49, Game 23 San Antonio 94, Toronto 97 18-5, 2nd in the West Here is a short list of Raptors players who killed the Spurs in this game: • DeMar DeRozan • Kyle Lowry • Luis Scola • Bismack Biyombo • Patrick Patterson Here is a short list of things the Spurs did better than the Raptors in this game: •   (It’s a very short list, as you…

Season 49, Game 22 San Antonio 119, Philadelphia 68 18-4, 2nd in the West 51. I could probably end my recap right there. When a team beats another team by 51 points, there’s not much analysis necessary. The two teams really aren’t even playing the same sport. In the NBA, there’s a thing known as a ‘schedule loss’. That’s when a team basically writes off a game as a loss…

Season 49, Game 21 San Antonio 108, Boston 105 17-4, 2nd in the West We started poorly and we ended poorly, but in between we played just well enough to win the game. The Celtics scored 27 in the 1st quarter and 34 in the 4th. That’s 61 points in half of a game – not the Spurs defense we’re used to seeing this season. If we want to cut…

Season 49, Game 20 San Antonio 103, Memphis 83 16-4, 2nd in the West Let’s hope that second half was a glimpse of the Spurs future. Finally putting great offense together with great defense, the Spurs completely overwhelmed the Grizzlies in the second half, effectively ending the game after about 15 minutes of action. We’ve seen little glimpses here and there, but Thursday in Memphis was the first time we’ve…

Season 49, Game 19 San Antonio 95, Milwaukee 70 15-4, 2nd in the West Pop ran his rotations like the team had a road game on Thursday night and like they’d have no problem beating the Bucks at home. He was right on both counts. A few quick thoughts from Wednesday night’s win against Milwaukee: • Several encouraging signs from LaMarcus Aldridge: his defense remains strong paired with Duncan, as…

Season 49, Game 18 San Antonio 89, Chicago 92 14-4, 2nd in the West First to 90, wins. Let’s go ahead and call that a defensive battle, and ignore the other possibility. We know that San Antonio has the best defense in the league. Despite a coaching change to fix their offensive woes, the Bulls still maintain their identity from the last few seasons: stout defense, unimaginative offense. This is…

In this week’s podcast, Stephen, Brantley, Andrew and I discuss: the keys to the Spurs early success. why the Spurs are the best defensive team in the NBA. why David West exemplifies the Spurs Way. the December schedule and why it will be better than last December. why we think SloMo will be successful this season. how Kawhi came close to getting a 5×5. how no one expected Kawhi to…

Season 49, Game 17 San Antonio 108, Atlanta 88 14-3, 2nd in the West So this is what it looks like when the offense catches up to the defense. The Hawks were playing their 4th game in 5 nights. About 30 minutes into the grindstone that is the Spurs’ defense, the team had had enough. Can you blame them? 88 points is actually a charitable total. Garbage time started with…

Season 49, Game 16 San Antonio 91, Denver 80 13-3, 2nd in the West In his Pop-like wisdom, I thought my editor might give me the night off as well, being nearly the same age as Manu. No luck. Much like the rest of the Spurs, I had to fight my way through the post-Thanksgiving slog in that first half. It was shaping up to be “one of those games”…