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Season 50, Game 65 San Antonio 107, Golden State 85 51-14, 2nd in the West What was anticipated to be one of the most exciting and important games of the season turned into a dud, an exhibition of the NBA’s grueling schedule and the grind these players put their bodies through each and every day, rather than the sublimity of their athleticism and talent. I’m in the minority, likely, as…

Season 50, Game 64 San Antonio 92, Oklahoma City 102 50-14, 2nd in the West The Spurs were due a loss. After flirting with one for the last two weeks but always escaping with the win, the L was coming for them sooner rather than later. In the wake of Wednesday’s huge comeback win, Thursday’s back-to-back in Oklahoma City was the perfect spot for the loss. It’s fine. I expected…

Season 50, Game 63 San Antonio 114, Sacramento 104 50-13, 2nd in the West I’ve seen a lot of Spurs basketball, and I feel confident saying that first quarter was the worst quarter I’ve ever seen the team play. “Complete trash” is the phrase that comes to mind. Evans, Koufos, Hield, and Labissiere all looked like they were going to have career nights, while the Spurs looked like they had forgotten to…

Season 50, Game 62 San Antonio 112, Houston 110 49-13, 2nd in the West His name is Kawhi Leonard. Good lord, that was a fun game (It’s easy to say that in retrospect, rooting for the victor. Rockets fans might have a different perspective), capped off by as sudden and definitive a submission into the MVP race as you’ll ever find by one Mr. Kawhi Leonard. With one shot and…

Season 50, Game 60 and 61 San Antonio 101, New Orleans 98 (OT) San Antonio 97, Minnesota 90 (OT) 48-13, 2nd in the West Let’s begin this with our semi-regular reminder that Kawhi is pure awesomeness on the basketball court: Friday night in New Orleans: 31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals with only 1 turnover in 40 minutes; Saturday night against Minnesota: 34 points, 10 rebounds, 5…

Season 50, Game 59 San Antonio 100, Indiana 99 46-13, 2nd in the West Just like he’d probably practiced hundreds of times growing up. Just like Mike. Drive middle, spin baseline (travel? I didn’t see any travel), fadeaway jumper for the win. Over the opponent’s best defender, to boot. With each game, Leonard adds to his highlight reel. As 20-point games becoming the norm slowly morphs into 30-point games becoming…

Season 50, Game 58 San Antonio 119, Los Angeles Lakers 98 45-13, 2nd in the West After a bit of a sluggish start to the Rodeo Road Trip, the Spurs ended it with a bang, posting consecutive impressive wins over both teams from Los Angeles. While Friday’s victory over the Clippers was impressive, Sunday’s win over the Lakers was expected. However, it had all the hallmarks of a trap game:…

Gregg Popovich spoke to a small group of Pomona–Pitzer alumni on the floor of the Staples Center after the Spurs beat the Clippers Friday night. Here’s what I took away from his remarks. As many of you probably already know, Gregg Popovich’s first head coaching job was at Division III Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, California. He still speaks fondly of his experience coaching the Sagehens and the entire 5-college experience. So…

Season 50, Game 57 San Antonio 105, Los Angeles Clippers 97 44-13, 2nd in the West I’m certain the extended All-Star is a good thing. The players and coaches get a real vacation in the middle of the season, a chance to get their minds and bodies right for the stretch run and playoffs. (It also allows the trade deadline season to have its own stage, but that’s another story…

Season 50, Game 56 San Antonio 107, Orlando 79 43-13, 2nd in the West The Spurs were owed one, and they called in their chit against the Magic Wednesday night. I don’t have much to say about this game. After dealing the Spurs one of their worst losses of the season at home way back in November, I had no doubt that the Spurs would come out and take this…