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With the holiday season in full swing, the smells of treats and tamales fill the San Antonio air. As I write this, I’m enjoying my sister’s peanut butter cookies – don’t judge me. No matter where you live, there is holiday weight gain to be reckoned with, from all the delicious goodies that are so hard to say no to. Except if you are a San Antonio Spur. Learning to…

I’ve been a basketball fan – a Spurs fan – since I was about 5 years old. I remember how it started, it was the beginning of first grade in Seguin, TX, and I had just won some sort of competition in P.E. class. (Sadly, however, this did not propel me toward a future as a professional athlete.) My prize was a poster pack featuring some players on the Spurs…

Season 49, Game 34 San Antonio 112, Phoenix 79 28-6, 2nd in the West What a difference a year makes. Last December was the worst month in the Popovich-Duncan era. For the first time, the team finished a month with a record below .500. (That, in itself, is crazy. The entire time these two have been together, they’ve only lost more games than they’ve won in a month once. Think…

Season 49, Game 33 San Antonio 101, Minnesota 95 27-6, 2nd in the West For a night, Boban Marjanovic was our only hope. The best part of this young season for me hasn’t been watching Kawhi ascend, or Aldridge acclimate, or pinching myself every day knowing that our 10th man is David West. All of those things are amazing, but they are a set-up for the long game: April, May,…

Season 49, Game 31 San Antonio 101, Denver 86 26-6, 2nd in the West This morning I woke up in a terrible state, panicked that the last 40 years had only been a dream. For all this time, I had not been a Spurs fan, but a fan of the Denver Nuggets. Some great athletes played in Denver. Players like Alex English, Dan Issel, Carmelo Anthony, David Thompson, Dikembe Mutombo,…

Season 49, Game 31 San Antonio 84, Houston 88 25-6, 2nd in the West When the San Antonio Spurs left town for their game against the Houston Rockets, perhaps Coach Popovich replaced their milk & cookies with Big Red & barbacoa, because the game played out as if Santa had put a lump of coal in each of their stockings. The team dragged their feet for most of the game,…

Season 49, Game 30 San Antonio 108, Minnesota 83 25-5, 2nd in the West We learned a few valuable lessons in this game: • Kawhi Leonard, despite popular opinion, is a human being. Or, at least more human than machine. He can have a poor game, drift a bit on both ends of the floor, press on offense, and generally be below average (for him). And accounting for all of…

Season 49, Game 29 San Antonio 106, Indiana 92 24-5, 2nd in the West Another night, another elite foe vanquished by Kawhi Leonard. I was very interested in this match-up for Kawhi, because Paul George is probably the closest analog to Leonard. They play the same position; they are both noted for their stellar two-way play; they both come from obscure beginnings, working tirelessly to make themselves into superstars. In…

Manu Ginobili tries to drive past Dwight Howard on Christmas Day 2013 The Spurs are playing Christmas Day again this year and we should be excited. The Spurs are being featured on national television, playing a weird team Rockets team that they should definitely beat, and they get to wear some pretty sweet jerseys while they do it (they’re Uni-Watch approved!). Unfortunately, we can’t start celebrating just yet, because San…

Season 49, Game 28 San Antonio 114, Los Angeles Clippers 107 23-5, 2nd in the West This is why we brought LaMarcus Aldridge to San Antonio. Last year’s season-ending series against the Clippers was, above all else, agonizing. It was hard fought, well played, and exhilarating basketball. But for Spurs fans, it was agonizing. Not just the losing, and not just the manner of losing, but what the losing might…