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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…

Season 49, Game 07 San Antonio 106, Sacramento 88 5-2 Stop me if this sounds familiar: the Spurs come out slowly in the first quarter, before building a bit of a lead in the 2nd. However, their opponent pulls even by halftime, and even pulls ahead in the third, before the Spurs pull away late. If we very rudimentarily trace this out, it would be “starters = bad, bench =…

Season 49, Game 06 San Antonio 114, Charlotte 94 4-2 The 3s finally started falling. And falling. And falling. With each made 3, with each assist, with each beautiful play, fond memories of ghosts of Spurs (very recent) past are rekindled. And with it, the hope that it will be possible to blend this ‘new look’ Spurs with the Spurs of recent vintage and build something even more potent. The…

Season 49, Game 05 San Antonio 99, Washington 102 3-2 This might take longer than any of us anticipated. It’s a process. We know this. I wasn’t expecting the 2014 NBA Finals version of the Spurs from day one, night after night. There are a lot of moving parts and shifting roles. Each player and coach is affected. But I also wasn’t expecting whatever this is. There is no fluidity,…

Season 49, Game 04 San Antonio 94, New York 84 3-1 The Spurs are now 3-0 against teams from New England. Sadly, the rest of the league is much tougher. I talked about this in my season preview, but the early season schedule for the Spurs is favorable for them to figure things out and still bank some wins. This continued Monday night as the Spurs intermittently struggled and played great,…

Season 49, Game 03 San Antonio 95, Boston 87 2-1 With the win in Boston on Sunday afternoon, the Spurs Big 3 of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan became the all-time winningest trio of players in NBA history. Poetically, they did it in Boston, where the record had rested for more than 2 decades with Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale. (In an interesting bit of coincidence…

Season 49, Game 02 San Antonio 102, Brooklyn 75 1-1 Any fan who watched that first half might have thrown their hands up in disbelief, called the Aldridge signing a failure, and resigned themselves to the first losing season in decades. If that fan stuck around for the second half, though, they might be pricing replica championship rings online and wondering what they’ll move to get that 6th banner in the…

I have nicknames for my beloved Spurs which I like to think shine a subtle light on their game or style. For example, Tim Duncan is called ‘The Big Fundamental’ and ‘Old Man Riverwalk,’ but I prefer to call him ‘Captain Glass.’ The same goes for Gregg Charles Popovich. While most refer to our grizzled leader as ‘Coach Pop,’ I prefer to call him ‘The Chess Master.’ This is a…

Season 49, Game 01 Oklahoma City 112, San Antonio 106 0-1 Full disclosure: when the schedule was released, I winced a little bit when I saw the first game. Opening the season in Oklahoma City is a tough ask. Opening the season in OKC with a new coach, a (finally) fully healthy roster (including a rejuvenated Kevin Durant), and something to prove is near impossible. Factor in the expected growing pains…

Last year, during Game 7 of the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs, I sat in the apartment of my brother-in-law. He’s a Mavs fan from Waco, but supports my commitment to a Texas team and was kind enough to lend me his 55-inch TV for the night. His wife and mine are sisters, both Laker fans and Clipper haters, both pregnant and due within a week of each…