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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…

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…