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Season 48, Game 71 San Antonio 130, Oklahoma City 91 45-26, 6th in the West The final score should be all the analysis you need for this game. A night after playing 3 very mediocre quarters of basketball in Dallas, the Spurs came home and let it all out on the Thunder. The offense was clicking all night, absolutely shredding the Thunder’s defense. And after the first quarter, the Spurs…

Season 48, Game 70 San Antonio 94, Dallas 101 44-26, 6th in the West As usual, context matters. Coming into tonight’s game, the Mavs were in a  bit of a swoon. Monta has been in a pretty bad shooting slump, Carlisle may or may not have called out the heart and passion of the team. The players just didn’t seem to be gelling. They had lost a couple of important…

Season 48, Game 69 San Antonio 114, Atlanta 95 44-25, 6th in the West If styles make fights, the Atlanta-San Antonio match-up is usually a pinching match. Both teams run the same system and the same sets, often with the same names. The game often devolves into what looks like intramural scrimmages, and two beautiful offenses get bogged down by all ten players on the court knowing exactly what both…

Season 48, Game 68 San Antonio 101, Boston 89 43-25, 6th in the West That was a strange game. Whatever the tenor of the game felt like in the moment, the opposite was about to occur. Or at least feel that way. The Spurs started off the game great, playing wonderfully on both ends of the court and building a double-digit lead within minutes. They were getting whatever they wanted…

Season 48, Game 67 San Antonio 114, Milwaukee 103 42-25, 7th in the West That’s more like it. A night after a lifeless and disinterested team lost somewhat disastrously in NYC, the Spurs rebounded nicely with a good road win in Milwaukee. The NBA is a funny thing, and with 30 teams playing 82 games over the course of  5 1/2 months, odd results are bound to occur. The Spurs…

Season 48, Game 66 San Antonio 100, New York 104 (OT) 41-25, 7th in the West Almost. Instead, it was just just plain pathetic. Pop said it best after the game: the team didn’t respect the game, didn’t respect the opponent. It was a pathetic performance, all around. Lou Amundson (he’s still in the league?) should not be out-rebounding, out-hustling, and out-playing Tim Duncan. Alexey Shved (who?) should not be…

Season 48, Game 65 San Antonio 123, Minnesota 97 41-24, 5th in the West The Spurs beat the Wolves by 26 points, and it wasn’t really that close. After a sluggish first half, the lead topped out at 39 before the inevitable garbage time run by Minnesota cut the final deficit. A win was mostly inevitable against this Wolves squad sitting Garnett, Rubio, and Pekovic, and only dressing 8 players….

Season 48, Game 64 San Antonio 125, Cleveland 128 (OT) 40-24, 6th in the West Sometimes you play a magnificent game and run into an individual player that transcends and invalidates it. The great conundrum of basketball is that it is simultaneously the most team-oriented game and the most individualistic game. By virtue of there only being five players per team at any time, one person can more greatly affect…

Season 48, Game 63 San Antonio 117, Toronto 107 40-23, 6th in the West It’s easy to watch the last 16 minutes of this game and be really frustrated that the Spurs let the Raptors back into this game. There’s nothing worse than watching a 26 point lead get cut to 20, then 15, then 12, then 10, then 8…. It’s why Pop hates huge first half leads so much….

Season 48, Game 62 San Antonio 116, Chicago 105 39-23, 7th in the West Remember in my recap of the last game when I talked about how good Parker and Leonard looked? Just copy and paste that and we should be good to go here. Leonard continues his streak of all-around dominance, scoring 20 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 steals. That makes 4-straight 20-point games, the…