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Season 49, Game 26 San Antonio 118, Utah 81 21-5, 2nd in the West The Spurs beat the Sixers by 51; they beat the Hawks by 25; now they’ve beaten the Jazz by 37… and that was with Utah making up some ground in extended garbage time. Brett Brown, Mike Budenholzer, and Quin Snyder – all coming from the Spurs’ system – have all felt the Spurs’ wrath in the…

Earlier today, I read an interesting article about Golden State Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser in the San Francisco Chronicle: “The Curry Whisperer: Shot guru Fraser has MVP’s ear.” Why do I mention this here, on a San Antonio Spurs fansite? Because Warriors Beat Writer Rusty Simmons tells a story about Fraser which will sound oddly familiar to Spurs fans, like us, who were avid readers of Grantland. Back in…

Season 49, Game 25 San Antonio 103, Atlanta 78 20-5, 2nd in the West The Golden State Warriors finally lost. The Warriors have been the story of the NBA season; hell, they’ve been the dominant story of the entire sports universe. I don’t say this with envy or malice. They deserve it. The team is playing amazing basketball, led by an improbably great player who has a skill that transcends…

Season 49, Game 24 San Antonio 109, Los Angeles Lakers 87 19-5, 2nd in the West After that 51 point win the other night, perhaps I’ve grown a little impatient with these bottom-of-the-league teams. When the Lakers trailed by a mere 2 points at halftime, I was grumpy and frustrated with the Spurs. How could this game not already be over? When the Lakers cut it to single digits late…

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…