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Season 50, Game 38 San Antonio 107, Milwaukee 109 30-8, 2nd in the West Michael. Fucking. Beasley. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Our tale of woe begins with about 2 minutes left in the first half, and the Spurs comfortably on top by 13, looking to cruise to another home win. Instead, the Spurs give up a 7-0 run (including 3 free throws on a shooting foul with 0.9…

Season 50, Game 37 San Antonio 102, Charlotte 85 30-7, 2nd in the West Fun fact: the Spurs are closer in the standings to the 1-seed Golden State Warriors than they are to the 3-seed Houston Rockets. Another fun fact: the Spurs currently rank 1st in the NBA in defensive efficiency and 4th in offensive efficiency. The only team that compares? The Golden State Warriors, who are the inverse (1st in…

Season 50, Game 36 San Antonio 127, Denver 99 29-7, 2nd in the West The funny thing is, I don’t even feel like the team played all that well in this game. The defensive execution was sloppy at times, as Denver got good looks on a lot of nifty back cuts and ball movement. The offense seemed a step slow at times, with lots of missed cutters and a bit…

Season 50, Game 35 San Antonio 110, Toronto 82 28-7, 2nd in the West More of that, please. Outside of the very first game against Golden State, that might be the Spurs’ most impressive buzzer-to-buzzer performance of the season. Those first 9 minutes of the game were the best I’ve seen the starters play as a unit, bar none. The ball was whipping around on offense, finding open shooters galore….

Season 50, Game 34 San Antonio 112, Atlanta 114 (OT) 27-7, 2nd in the West The thing I hate most about close losses is the continual second-guessing of every possible moment that might have swung the eventual outcome. (This is particularly true with OT losses, as there are two endings to scrutinize.) It’s easy to imagine that the single point Atlanta earned on the technical (hastily) awarded to Pop was…

Season 50, Game 33 San Antonio 110, Portland 94 27-6, 2nd in the West As the 2016-17 Spurs are wont to do, they let a subpar team stick around for nearly three quarters before asserting their will and pulling away for a blowout win. Without superstar Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio leaned on Danny Green and Jonathon Simmons – not the white-hot LaMarcus Aldridge – to put the Portland Trailblazers in…

Season 50, Game 32 San Antonio 119, Phoenix 98 26-6, 2nd in the West For a while there, it looked like the Suns were going to run the Spurs right out of the gym. Yes, the 9-23 dead-last-in-the-West Phoenix Suns were just too much for the Spurs to handle. For a half. In the second half, the world was once again righted, and the Spurs won going away rather easily….

Season 50, Game 31 San Antonio 119, Chicago 100 25-6, 2nd in the West Other than Roger Mason, Jr.’s 3 to win the game in Phoenix way back in 2008, the Spurs have a bad Christmas Day history. Frankly, I’ve gotten used to the Spurs losing on this day. It’s the price of admission for being a Spurs fan: win 50-60 games a year, but lose on Christmas day. Not…

It’s over! I’m calling it now – the New Orleans Pelicans are no longer the thorn in the Spurs’ side that they’ve been in the past. After costing the Spurs the #2 seed in the 2015 playoffs and robbing Manu Ginobili of a testicle this February, San Antonio has finally exorcised their demons from the Big Easy. Truth be told, I probably could have made this proclamation after the Spurs…

Season 50, Game 29 San Antonio 101, Los Angeles Clippers 106 23-6, 2nd in the West Remember when the Spurs owned the Clippers? Remember when the Spurs swept the Clippers out of the 2012 Playoffs, and in Game 3 the Clippers had like a 20-point lead in the 2nd quarter, and coming out of halftime, the cameras showed Pop and Duncan on the bench laughing, like they knew there was…