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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…

Season 50, Game 55 San Antonio 110, Indiana 106 42-13, 2nd in the West The Spurs might be relying too much on Kawhi Leonard. There’s no doubt that Kawhi is the best player on the team; he might be the best player in the league. There comes a certain responsibility with that standing. The fortunes of the team should rest most prominently on his broad shoulders. But there is a…

Season 50, Game 54 San Antonio 90, New York 94 41-13, 2nd in the West Of course the Spurs lose to the Knicks at the end of the week in which the Knicks craziness completely out-Knicks’ed even the Knicks. Of course. Follow all of that? Perhaps it’s just because it sticks fresher in the mind, but it seems like the Spurs have a tough time playing the Knicks, especially in…

Season 50, Game 53 San Antonio 103, Detroit 92 41-12, 2nd in the West The Spurs took their time getting going, and they eased up a bit early. In the first 6 minutes of the game, the team managed a mere 11 points. In the final 9 minutes of the game, 12 points. That leaves 80 points for the other 33 minutes, or about a 116 point pace. For most…

Season 50, Game 52 San Antonio 111, Philadelphia 103 40-12, 2nd in the West There was nothing impressive nor noteworthy about this game. At some point in the middle of the 4th quarter, the Spurs decided it was time to win the game. So they did. The Spurs did just enough to beat the (still) Embiid-less Sixers and secure their first road win of the RRT. Kawhi propelled the team…

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Season 50, Game 51 San Antonio 74, Memphis 89 39-12, 2nd in the West The fact that the Spurs laid such an egg in this game isn’t all that surprising. Down Kawhi against a very good defensive team on the road, a loss was surely a possible outcome. When gaming out the Rodeo Road Trip (RRT) schedule, this was one of the two games I had earmarked as a potential…

Season 50, Game 50 San Antonio 121, Denver 97 39-11, 2nd in the West On a night when Gregg Popovich recorded his 1,128th career regular season win – besting Jerry Sloan for most wins with one franchise – it’s fitting that he was led by his two elder statesmen, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Parker has feasted on the Nuggets this season. After shooting 10-for-11 in the previous meeting, he…

Season 50, Game 49 San Antonio 102, Philadelphia 86 38-11, 2nd in the West I was excited to see Joel Embiid; I was happy he wasn’t playing. The Sixers aren’t as bad as you think. Perception often lags behind reality, and the Sixers of the last few years (punching bag of the NBA) don’t exist anymore. Sure, they’re not great, but they win games. They’re competitive. They even have an…