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San Antonio 102, Denver 94 One good quarter is all it took. And that’s a good thing and a very bad thing. The Spurs, as constituted, are just better than most of the teams in the NBA. All things equal, they can win most games. Even as Denver continued to hit shots and just play harder than San Antonio, the Spurs hung around just enough to allow one good burst…

San Antonio 105, Portland 115 And the correlative misery between my attendance at a Spurs game and Spurs’ losses keeps rolling on. I was gifted a ticket to tonight’s game last minute, and the seat was so wonderful and the gesture so generous, I had to go, knowing full well that it almost ensured a Spurs loss. (Of course, the schedule did us no favors, either.) After witnessing the worst…

San Antonio 91, Los Angeles Lakers 85 Remember the mantra, remember the mantra, remember the mantra…. That was a ‘pound the rock’ game if ever there were one. Playing without Duncan against a young and feisty Lakers team with nothing falling through the hoop, a less-disciplined team might have taken an understandable loss. But the great thing about the Spurs is their foundational bedrock are the things they can rely…

Memphis 94, San Antonio 101 And we’re off. Finally, the regular season has begun. One of the perks of mostly ignoring the pre-season is that Game 1 truly is Game 1. I haven’t watched a minute of Spurs’ basketball since…well, you know. It was good to take the court with old friends and familiar faces, and start learning about the newest additions to the family. One of the downsides of…

At last, the regular season is upon us, and Coach Pop can worry about more important things than dinner (though dinner plans should never be taken lightly). I’ve had a hard time getting excited this pre-season. The roster looks almost identical to last season’s Western Conference championship team; and the Spurs, more than any team perhaps ever, are the most known quantity in the NBA. We know what we’re going…

I still wake up in the middle of the night, Ray Allen’s 3-pointer drifting in the ether, soon to fall to rest in the basket, ad infinitum, chasing away the Spurs 5th championship. Time has dulled the edge of that particular knife, but it will never erase it. We’re blessed as Spurs fans to have very few of these knife moments, and even more blessed to have redemption for almost…

Hats off to JewishDoggy, who posted “163 of my favorite NBA gifs assorted by team” two weeks ago.

Well, that hurt. It still hurts. I really wanted this one. In some regards, you almost don’t want to get that close and then fall short. It hurts even more. What hurts the most is that we had it won in game 6. We tripped at the finish line. Game 7 had the odds stacked against us and we still nearly won. That layup that Duncan missed with under a…

Miami 95, San Antonio 88 Miami wins series, 4-3 Even in defeat. Forever and always. I was preparing for pure elation; or for heartbreak and agony. I girded myself against the pain or a crushing Game 7 defeat, particularly in light of being so close at the end of Game 7. But a funny thing happened on the way final buzzer: I couldn’t help but swell with joy and pride…

This is the end. The only thing we know for certain is that the NBA will officially close another season in about 7 hours or so. But who will be holding the trophy? Before we delve into Game 7 thoughts, please read this piece from the always terrific Zach Lowe over at Grantland. After Game 6′s heartbreak, it’s always good to get some perspective. Lowe’s holistic and deterministic view is…