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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…

This may be the most talented roster the Spurs have ever fielded… and they still might not be a Top-4 team in the Western Conference. It’s been a long and highly productive offseason. Enough foreplay; it’s time to start the regular season. For the first time in a long while, the Spurs begin the new season with as much uncertainty as promise. Certainly this will be a very good and…

Does it really matter, as long as they’re back in the Finals next June? Last Friday, I got a series of texts from Andrew about our first poll of the season. Andrew wrote: “When a team adds a blockbuster player, immediate expectations tend to be very high. In truth, there is an initial term where the team needs to learn how to adjust to its new players that can result…

With a surplus of efficient midrange shooters, expect the Spurs’ offense to look a little bit different this season. When everybody else zigs, sometimes the smart move is to zag. The Spurs were at the forefront of understanding and utilizing the efficiency of the 3-point shot, particularly from the corner. The math is simple (3 > 2!), but it took years for teams to fully understand how to use it,…

Too much of the preseason has been focused on the question: when will the Spurs finally look like a complete team? Given the team’s All-Star acquisitions and their 20-man roster, many were wondering what the final squad would actually look like. After the embarrassing contest against Phoenix and before their last preseason game against division rival Houston, there were three major hints that things were getting serious for Coach Popovich’s…

LaMarcus Aldridge sat out the pre-season game with back spasms, but we still had to watch the Spurs and Hawks play. I typically dislike watching the Hawks and Spurs play in the regular season, because the teams run such similar systems and know each other’s sets and tendencies so well. It has the feel of an intrasquad scrimmage. Pit the teams against each other in the preseason? Oof. With Aldridge…

Monday night in Miami was the second game of the pre-season, but the first game with most of the Spurs’ “regulars”… and a first look at the new starting line-up. It did not disappoint. The first thing you notice is that not much looks all that different. The ball is still moving around, rarely sticking. For all the consternation about LaMarcus and his tendency to “ball stop”, he fit in…