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(Authors note: I chose this title before reading Stephen’s excellent post from earlier in the week.) In the interest of full disclosure, I never thought this team would get back to the Finals. After 2007, each following year saw us move a bit further away from elite. In 2008 we ran out of gas against LA in the Conference Finals (I still think if not for that plane mishap in…

San Antonio 93, Memphis 86 Spurs win series 4-0 The Spurs are remarkably back in the NBA Finals after a 6 year drought. And they got there on the back of perhaps this team’s greatest masterpiece, a work of art that has firm roots in the bitter defeat from this same Memphis team two years ago. This was a masterpiece of coaching. Pop probably started devising his defensive schemes about…

I don’t even know where to start. My cup runneth over. After six years and what seemed like an eternity, the San Antonio Spurs are back where they belong, in the NBA Finals, the place we call home. Familiar territory. Old stomping grounds. It’s where we hang our hat. Before we go any further, let’s take a second and give some credit to the Memphis Grizzlies. I cannot recall another…

San Antonio 104, Memphis 93 San Antonio leads series 3-0 It was the kind of game that any team, including the Spurs, had no business winning. Especially not on the road. Especially not in a Western Conference Final. After 11:50 played, the Spurs trailed by 18. Offense was sloppy. Defense was even sloppier. During the end-of-quarter interview, Pop had a simple one-word explanation for the team’s lousy play: It seemed…

San Antonio 93, Memphis 89 (OT) San Antonio leads series 2-0 What does “Grit ‘n’ Grind” do when it collides head first into “Pounding the rock”? (And really, what is “Grit ‘n’ Grind” but a clever, perhaps less sophisticated retread of “Pounding the rock”?) At least for one night, the Spurs were finally able to crack that rock, the grit was ground down just a bit short, and San Antonio…

In many ways, Game 2 and Game 3 are the most interesting games in a playoff series, as they offer the first round of adjustments, then the next round of counter-adjustments, and the change of venue. After Game 3, both teams have a handle on the opponent, and the timbre of the series is often cast. So while Game 1′s victory still tastes sweet in the mouths of Spurs fans,…

San Antonio 105, Memphis 83 San Antonio leads series 1-0 San Antonio (both the team and the city) has been waiting a little over 2 years for this game. While much of the make-up of this team has changed since 2011, the roster is still pretty similar. So players like Green, Neal, Bonner, and Splitter who had minimal impact in that series were still on the bench, and still felt…

It is not 2011. Despite the seeming protestations of analysts and prognosticators, it is not 2011. I know this because I have an iPhone 5, which did not exist in 2011. (In 2011 I rocked a Palm Pre, a phone that I adored but is pretty much extinct). I know this because last night I watched the series finale of “The Office”, which was commemorating the departure of Steve Carrell…

San Antonio 94, Golden State 82 San Antonio wins series 4-2 The Spurs had controlled the game almost the entire way, but it was slowly slipping away in the 4th quarter, agonizing point by agonizing point. Our Big 3 were all struggling, our offense had completely stalled out, and our defense, while still solid, could not be expected to allow zero points over the final 5 minutes. Fickle momentum was…

Time to close this thing down. After a convincing win in Game 5, and an overall trend towards “figuring this thing out”, the table is set for the Spurs to advance to the next round. But the Warriors are nothing if not their namesake, and Game 6 will be a battle, as close out games often are (2012-13 Lakers excluded). I expect the crowd to be in a frenzy, and…