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Minnesota 86, San Antonio 104 I mean, I was still more excited for the Spurs game tonight than the two football matinees. But I might have been the only one, including most players in this game. After getting torched by Kevin Love a few weeks ago in San Antonio and just holding on for a win, the Spurs did a much better job containing him tonight. Boris Diaw: Professional Elite…

Dallas 90, San Antonio 112 In the battle of two teams with an early tip coming off of a back-to-back, the home team has a decided advantage. This is the time the energy of a home crowd and the comforts of a home gym can really pay dividends. Sure, it’s great in critical playoff moments to be at home. But you win that right on these types of nights in…

San Antonio 110, Memphis 108 Or, a win is a win is a win is a win. The Spurs had a chance to put the finishing touches on this one late and ensure that all of their players stay at or below their season averages for minutes. After Mills hit a 3 to put the team up 15, the wheels slowly came off the bus. The Spurs played cautious and…

Los Angeles Clippers 92, San Antonio 116 One perfect half of basketball covers all manner of sins. And that first half was about as perfect as regular season basketball can get. A combination of the Spurs’ renewed focus after the Knicks loss and the Clippers perhaps a bit shell-shocked from losing their leader to an injury the night before and being on a back-to-back led to the perfect storm for…

New York 105, San Antonio 101 Basketball is a determinists dream. Every moment is completely dependent on the one that came before it, until these moments pile up into something resembling a game. Unlike football or baseball, there are no distinct breaks between plays, and the lay-up in transition may find its origins in a contested rebound 4 possessions prior. Often times I’ll find myself lamenting a missed lay-up, only…

Brooklyn 92, San Antonio 113 This game was a blowout after about 6 minutes of play. This game was so lopsided that the garbage time had garbage time, in which the Nets actually made the game look just a wee bit more respectable. The game was such a mismatch that the entire Nets team (save for 3 players) had already evacuated the floor even though there was 0.2 seconds left…

Sacramento 104, San Antonio 112 And I mean that quite literally: Manu Ginobili is playing at an NBA All-Star level. The line is always fine with Ginobili, between the mad genius that sees the basketball court in a truly unique manner, and the high risk-low reward turnover machine that can kill momentum. The effort, vision, and passion are always there; the difference often lies in two things: turnovers and shooting…

San Antonio 116, Dallas 107 Now that we’ve played one game, can we let go of all the DeJuan Blair sound and fury about his departure from San Antonio? Yes? (You’re welcome, DeJuan, for picking you when literally every team had already passed over you–some more than once–for giving you plentiful minutes, and for giving you a chance to succeed in the NBA. Really, it was our pleasure.) As I…

Houston 111, San Antonio 98 I seem to make this assertion at least once a season, and I suppose it’s time for that post again: despite the popular myth that NBA games don’t really matter until the 4th quarter, first quarters do indeed count on the scoreboard. Doug Collins always likes to say that the NBA is a 1st quarter game. If you throw out the first quarter of last…

Toronto 99, San Antonio 112 A night after coming from 10 down in the 4th quarter to beat the Thunder in OKC, the Raptors pushed another Western Conference team to the brink on their own floor. On this night, though, Toronto came up just short and the Spurs finally gained some separation in the closing minutes of a hard-fought game. With the win secure, the most interesting story of the…