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Season 50, Game 25 San Antonio 108, Boston 101 20-5, 2nd in the West As the Spurs approached a game that would make them the second team in the 2016-17 NBA season to reach 20 wins, there were several factors that made a seasoned fan like myself cautious about expecting the win. With LaMarcus Aldridge out, the first unit would operate differently and sometimes that isn’t a good thing. Secondly…

Before this NBA season started, I expected a few things: The Golden State Warriors were going to decimate everything and everyone. The Spurs would still be pretty good, but, barring any major injuries to Golden State they’d be a tier below. I’d still hate the Houston Rockets with all my heart. I saw things like Manu Ginobili’s big contract as a sure sign that the Spurs were going to spend…

Season 50, Game 24 San Antonio 130, Brooklyn 101 19-5, 2nd in the West If you ever need to feel good about yourself, playing the Brooklyn Nets at home is probably the best remedy. I follow the NBA closely, and I think I’d maybe heard of three of their players. Some of the names sounded familiar in that “oh yeah” kind of way, but mostly it was Brook Lopez and…

Season 50, Game 23 San Antonio 91, Chicago 95 18-5, 2nd in the West After the Bulls snapped the Spurs 13-game road winning streak, Pop had a nice little rant when asked about his team’s motivation. To paraphrase, he said: these are grown men and professionals; they get paid to do their jobs. The Spurs inability to play a full 48 minutes finally caught up to them, as they were…

Season 50, Game 21 San Antonio 97, Milwaukee 96 Season 50, Game 22 San Antonio 105, Minnesota 91 18-4, 2nd in the West Two early winter road games in the upper midwest (in towns starting with ‘M’), two young, talented, and hungry teams… two more road wins for the Spurs. Looking at the schedule before the season started, one of these games was penciled in as a loss. The Bucks…

Season 50, Game 20 San Antonio 107, Washington 105 16-4, 2nd in the West There will a come a time, in the not-so-distant future (likely about six or seven months from now), when #20 will no longer be zipping all over the court for the Spurs, pulling plays out of his ass like a magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat. While the loss might not feel quite as…

Season 50, Game 19 San Antonio 94, Dallas 87 15-4, 2nd in the West A few minutes can completely change the perception of a game. For most of the game, Wednesday’s win over Dallas felt a lot like Tuesday’s loss to Orlando. The team was sluggish, playing without any force or impetus to win. Then Patty Mills got hot, Kawhi started playing angry, and the offense woke up (scoring on…

Season 50, Game 18 San Antonio 83, Orlando 95 14-4, 2nd in the West As far as turd games go, that was about as shitty as it gets. There is sure to be some recency bias here, but I can’t remember a more lifeless Spurs performance. It was certainly the worst performance of the season. The team posted a season high in turnovers, a season low in points, and a…

Season 50, Game 17 San Antonio 112, Washington 100 14-3, 3rd in the West The Spurs finished off their three-game East Coast road trip Saturday by beating the Wizards as normally and routinely as possible. Outside of some “holy hell!” plays by Jonathon Simmons (particularly that chase down block), I’m having a hard time thinking of any hard-hitting analysis. (Or perhaps it’s time to apply the “too much turkey” joke…

Season 50, Game 16 San Antonio 109, Boston 103 13-3, 3rd in the West Someday (soon, hopefully), the entirety of the Spurs roster will show up to play a game, and the results will be magnificent. We’re talking at least a double-digit victory. Until then, I suppose we’ll content ourselves with these close victories that are in doubt until the very end. Instead of wondering why the team can never…