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Time to close this thing down. After a convincing win in Game 5, and an overall trend towards “figuring this thing out”, the table is set for the Spurs to advance to the next round. But the Warriors are nothing if not their namesake, and Game 6 will be a battle, as close out games often are (2012-13 Lakers excluded). I expect the crowd to be in a frenzy, and…

Golden State 91, San Antonio 109 San Antonio leads series 3-2 Finally, a game resembling what we all kind of thought the series might look like a little over a week ago. So many good things from this game, but let’s start with the wee Frenchman. Game 3 might more be remembered as the “Tony Parker” game, but for me, tonight was quintessential Tony Parker. Friday in Game 3 he…

It’s season making time. Game 4 was a blown opportunity. Despite putting up the worst shooting performance ever in the Tim Duncan era, the team still held the slimmest of leads in the final minute. But historically bad shooting will always catch up to you, and it slipped away. But we’re still in a good position, regaining home court advantage, just needing two more wins to advance to the Western…

Golden State 97, San Antonio 87 (OT) Series tied 2-2 There’s an elegant symmetry to this series, the 4 games almost a mirror of each other. Golden State had every chance to win Game 1 on the road, but gave it away and lost in OT; in Game 2, they were clearly the better team, and won. (Hold up mirror.) Game 3 saw the Spurs as the much better team,…

The true joy of Game 3 was that it felt like we were seeing the Spurs we know and love for the very first time this postseason. Even when we were rolling over the Lakers, it never quite felt like we were in sync; we just had more than enough to beat a teetering team. It took two strong punches from the Warriors and facing a tough road win to…

San Antonio 102, Golden State 92 San Antonio leads series, 2-1 Perhaps the demise of the Spurs–and rise of the Warriors–has been greatly exaggerated. (A somewhat annual tradition for San Antonio.) Or at least a tad premature. Which isn’t to say that things can’t turn on a dime again in the next two games. If we’ve learned anything in this series, it’s that there really won’t be a clear read…

Game 3 of the series is tonight. I’m equal parts amped up and totally confused. I really can’t get a handle on this series. We’re being totally outplayed, yet we’ve been close in each game, and the Warriors, as spectacular as they’re playing, just can’t put us away. While we fell short in a comeback in Game 2, the game was really a story of two halves; the Warriors just…

Finally. Adversity. Going into Wednesday night’s game, the Spurs were the only team still undefeated in these playoffs. I’m not going to be so trite as to suggest that we were arrogant and cocky, but I will say this: we seemed complacent. The problem is that you can’t be complacent when playing a team like the Golden State Warriors. They can shock you, quickly. We’re talking about a young team,…

Golden State 100, San Antonio 91 Series tied 1-1 Well that was interesting. The Spurs put themselves in a big hole (again), dug out of it by playing frantic and desperate (again), only tonight could not come all the way back. So we head to Golden State, perhaps the most imposing arena for a visiting team, series tied 1-1, and the Spurs looking suddenly like the lesser and very beatable…

After such a scintillating Game 1, Game 2 is bound to be a bit of a letdown, unless the ball literally spontaneously catches on fire at some point in the 3rd quarter midway between Curry’s fingertips and the net. But in many ways, after such an emotional game, Game 2 may prove to be the keystone game, the 48 minutes that can decide the fate of the series. If San…