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Season 49, Game 75 San Antonio 100, New Orleans 92 63-12, 2nd in the West The problem with playing an injury-riddled team like the New Orleans Pelicans this late in the season is that while their talent isn’t on par with the Spurs, their effort and energy are. In fact, given that most of these players are fighting for their NBA careers tooth-and-nail while the Spurs are in full-on rest…

Season 49, Game 74 San Antonio 101, Memphis 87 62-12, 2nd in the West So the Spurs at home with the original Big 3 had a tougher time with the scrappy-but-shorthanded Grizzlies than they did on the road without their Big 3? Ok, then. Based on last Friday’s game, I thought this game would be a lot tougher, given how hard this Memphis team has been playing and that we’d…

Season 49, Game 73 San Antonio 92, Oklahoma City 111 61-12, 2nd in the West For a quarter and a half, we all dreamed about an upset, of embarrassing the full-strength Thunder squad featuring two All-NBA players on their home court with a Spurs line-up missing its five top players. Oh, what a joy it would have been. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are who they are for a reason,…

Season 49, Game 72 San Antonio 110, Memphis 104 61-11, 2nd in the West That was a bit too close for comfort. When Pop rests players on the road against good teams, I often applaud the psychological trick: win the game, and it’s an unexpected bonus; lose the game, and it doesn’t really matter, because you were supposed to lose anyway. It’s win-win, and can build confidence for players down…

Season 49, Game 71 San Antonio 112, Miami 88 60-11, 2nd in the West With 3:37 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Danny Green pulled up for a 3 and connected, making the score 80-57 and pushing the Spurs lead to 23 points. Having learned the lessons from two nights earlier, the team was not going to let this 23-point cushion slip away. Two and a half minutes later, the lead…

Season 49, Game 70 San Antonio 88, Charlotte 91 59-11, 2nd in the West Eleven seconds into the 2nd quarter, David West made a layup to put the Spurs up 23 points on the Hornets. The score was 30-7, and the rout was on. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford called a timeout, not happy with what he was seeing. For the remaining 35 minutes and 49 seconds, the Hornets eviscerated the…

Season 49, Game 69 San Antonio 87, Golden State 79 59-10, 2nd in the West Round 2 goes to the Spurs. It wasn’t as decisive as Round 1. And a Spurs’ victory Saturday night wasn’t as important as a Spurs’ loss would have been devastating. The Spurs had to win last night’s game, if for no other reason than to prove to themselves and the rest of the league that…

Season 49, Game 68 San Antonio 118, Portland 110 58-10, 2nd in the West Pop wasn’t messing around. With the Spurs up by nearly 20 at one point in the 4th quarter, Blazers Power Forward Mason Plumlee stole a Tony Parker pass to LaMarcus Aldridge at the top of the key and ran it down for an easy transition dunk. Timeout. A few plays later, the Blazers got out in…

In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls won an incredible 72 games. In our lifetime, we never thought we would see this type of accomplishment again. Now, we are tuning in to watch meaningless games for the Golden State Warriors, hoping the Pelicans might pull off a random upset. It’s funny how many basketball snobs want to keep that Bulls record intact. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of the…

Season 49, Game 67
 San Antonio 108, Los Angeles 87
 57-10, 2nd in the West Last night, the San Antonio Spurs took down the Los Angeles Condors Clippers at home to improve to 57-10 on the season, while extending their home-game winning streak to an impressive 42. Clippers guard Chris Paul was a terror – as he always is against the Spurs – scoring 22 points to go along with…