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Season 49, Game 72 San Antonio 110, Memphis 104 61-11, 2nd in the West That was a bit too close for comfort. When Pop rests players on the road against good teams, I often applaud the psychological trick: win the game, and it’s an unexpected bonus; lose the game, and it doesn’t really matter, because you were supposed to lose anyway. It’s win-win, and can build confidence for players down…

Season 49, Game 71 San Antonio 112, Miami 88 60-11, 2nd in the West With 3:37 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Danny Green pulled up for a 3 and connected, making the score 80-57 and pushing the Spurs lead to 23 points. Having learned the lessons from two nights earlier, the team was not going to let this 23-point cushion slip away. Two and a half minutes later, the lead…

Season 49, Game 70 San Antonio 88, Charlotte 91 59-11, 2nd in the West Eleven seconds into the 2nd quarter, David West made a layup to put the Spurs up 23 points on the Hornets. The score was 30-7, and the rout was on. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford called a timeout, not happy with what he was seeing. For the remaining 35 minutes and 49 seconds, the Hornets eviscerated the…

Season 49, Game 69 San Antonio 87, Golden State 79 59-10, 2nd in the West Round 2 goes to the Spurs. It wasn’t as decisive as Round 1. And a Spurs’ victory Saturday night wasn’t as important as a Spurs’ loss would have been devastating. The Spurs had to win last night’s game, if for no other reason than to prove to themselves and the rest of the league that…

Season 49, Game 68 San Antonio 118, Portland 110 58-10, 2nd in the West Pop wasn’t messing around. With the Spurs up by nearly 20 at one point in the 4th quarter, Blazers Power Forward Mason Plumlee stole a Tony Parker pass to LaMarcus Aldridge at the top of the key and ran it down for an easy transition dunk. Timeout. A few plays later, the Blazers got out in…

In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls won an incredible 72 games. In our lifetime, we never thought we would see this type of accomplishment again. Now, we are tuning in to watch meaningless games for the Golden State Warriors, hoping the Pelicans might pull off a random upset. It’s funny how many basketball snobs want to keep that Bulls record intact. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of the…

Season 49, Game 67
 San Antonio 108, Los Angeles 87
 57-10, 2nd in the West Last night, the San Antonio Spurs took down the Los Angeles Condors Clippers at home to improve to 57-10 on the season, while extending their home-game winning streak to an impressive 42. Clippers guard Chris Paul was a terror – as he always is against the Spurs – scoring 22 points to go along with…

Season 49, Game 66 San Antonio 93, Oklahoma City 85 56-10, 2nd in the West The ball swung to Aldridge at the elbow extended. Westbrook, as is his wont, gambled off of his man in the corner in an attempt to blindside LaMarcus and get the steal. Aldridge pivoted, avoiding the steal, and darted the ball to the man in the corner, now as alone as a player could ever…

In 2013, I went to a Warriors-Spurs game with a long-time Golden State fan who has always had nothing but respect for the Silver & Black. Dressed in my throwback George Gervin jersey, I chose to bring another jersey with me as my Spurs flag to wave when I cheered. It is the only silver jersey I own and the name on the back is LEONARD. I remember telling my…

Season 49, Game 65 San Antonio 109, Chicago 101 55-10, 2nd in the West If there is anybody out there wondering why we picked up Kevin Martin, you only need to know two numbers: 10 and 57. That would be 10 for 57, or the 3-point shooting for the Spurs from the start of the Indiana game until halftime of the Bulls game. That’s just barely 18%, and that won’t…