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Season 49, Game 15 San Antonio 88, Dallas 83 12-3, 2nd in the West I’m thankful we got out of that game with a win. Mavs-Spurs games have a way of always being close. It doesn’t matter how good the teams are (though both teams are usually really good). Sometimes it will be an offensive game, “last basket wins” type of game. Sometimes it will be a “grind it out,…

Season 49, Game 14 San Antonio 98, Phoenix 84 11-3, 2nd in the West I’d been noticing this season that while his defense is still superb (better, even), Kawhi wasn’t really getting steals like he had last season. Message received, Kawhi: I need to shut up. His diminished steal numbers likely aren’t really his fault. It’s similar to elite cornerbacks in football: once people know not to throw in their…

When your favorite team steps outside its comfort zone and cuts ties with a few major contributors of a championship team for a big-time free agent, it gets a lot easier to scrutinize everything that happens on the court, whether you’re watching or not. Perhaps a better way to put it would be that every box score, every player’s single game +/-, and every Danny Green 3-point miss become opportunities…

Season 49, Game 13 San Antonio 92, Memphis 82 10-3, 2nd in the West After San Antonio’s 10-point win against Memphis, it seems like a good time to bring back a round of ‘Good Cop, Bad Cop.’ Good Cop: The Spurs continue to play top-level, stingy defense. Holding a team as good as Memphis to 82 points is no small feat. The Grizzlies’ highest scoring quarter was a mere 22…

Season 49, Game 12 San Antonio 90, New Orleans 104 9-3, 2nd in the West The New Orleans Pelicans are the San Antonio Spurs’ kryptonite. Nothing else matters. The Pelicans are the worst ranked defense in the NBA? The Spurs come in as one of the hottest teams in the league? The Pelicans are 1-11, can barely field a roster of competent NBA players, and are reliant upon players they…

Season 49, Game 11 San Antonio 109, Denver 98 9-2, 2nd in the West The Spurs season is off to a tremendous start. They are absolutely smothering teams with the league’s top-ranked defense. They are second in assists per game, at 26.4. They have the second best point differential in the league, and the best in the Pop-Duncan era. They’re continuing to figure things out on offense and still throttling teams….

Season 49, Game 10 San Antonio 93, Portland 80 8-2, 2nd in the West 2005 called. They need their game back. Sometimes you wonder if it’s good defense or just poor shooting. Then you get a game like this, when both things are true, and you end up with a halftime score of 36-28. That’s an average quarter in most modern NBA games. Yes, the Spurs continue to play suffocating defense. (Per…

SPURSDYNASTY REPORTER: Could you be clear about your practice habits, since we can’t see your process? LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE: If a coach says I miss the process, and y’all hear it, then that’s that. I might’ve missed one part of the process this year, but if somebody says ‘He doesn’t commit to the process,’ it could be one part of the process out of all the processes this year, that’s enough….

Season 49, Game 09 San Antonio 92, Philadelphia 83 7-2 In 200 years, when humans have destroyed the digital record in an attempt to thwart the inevitable uprising of our AI overlords, let’s hope the only record that remains of this game is this: on Saturday, 14 November 2015, the San Antonio Spurs professional basketball team defeated the Philadelphia 76ers professional basketball team by a final score of 92-83. And…

Season 49, Game 08 San Antonio 113, Portland 101 6-2 Late in the 4th quarter, when the game was (mostly) decided, Damian Lillard drove to the rim, seemingly headed for an easy lay-up. As Lillard went up and the ball left his hand, LaMarcus Aldridge recovered from behind to swat the ball away, off the backboard, propelling the Spurs’ offense in the opposite direction. That must have felt nice. Aldridge’s…