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Season 49, Game 66 San Antonio 93, Oklahoma City 85 56-10, 2nd in the West The ball swung to Aldridge at the elbow extended. Westbrook, as is his wont, gambled off of his man in the corner in an attempt to blindside LaMarcus and get the steal. Aldridge pivoted, avoiding the steal, and darted the ball to the man in the corner, now as alone as a player could ever…

In 2013, I went to a Warriors-Spurs game with a long-time Golden State fan who has always had nothing but respect for the Silver & Black. Dressed in my throwback George Gervin jersey, I chose to bring another jersey with me as my Spurs flag to wave when I cheered. It is the only silver jersey I own and the name on the back is LEONARD. I remember telling my…

Season 49, Game 65 San Antonio 109, Chicago 101 55-10, 2nd in the West If there is anybody out there wondering why we picked up Kevin Martin, you only need to know two numbers: 10 and 57. That would be 10 for 57, or the 3-point shooting for the Spurs from the start of the Indiana game until halftime of the Bulls game. That’s just barely 18%, and that won’t…

Season 49, Game 64 San Antonio 116, Minnesota 91 54-10, 2nd in the West You know who’s a good point guard? Andre Miller. Yes, he’s old. The oldest player in the league, in fact. (He’ll be 40 in a few days.) But he’s got game left in those legs. Tuesday against the Timberwolves he showed exactly what he can bring to the Spurs as they start to gear up for…

Season 49, Game 63 San Antonio 91, Indiana 99 53-10, 2nd in the West A day after the Warriors shot a disastrous 4 for 30 from the 3-point line in a loss to the Lakers, the Spurs almost matched them by shooting 4 for 28 in a loss to the Pacers. In a perverse (and inverse) way, this is a microcosm of the season: anything the Spurs can do, the…

Season 49, Game 62 San Antonio 104, Sacramento 94 53-9, 2nd in the West Sometimes I wonder if Pop does things just to see how difficult he can make it before the team is actually in jeopardy of losing a game. Let’s sit Duncan, he’s old and we have a difficult stretch of games. Oooh, then let’s sit Green, because he’s played a lot this season, even if he is in…

In the push for playoff supremacy, sometimes a team has to tweak their roster in what would seem like the slightest way to gain a significant advantage. Think of it like a sword maker who knows that he only needs to change one of 10 ingredients to make a blade sharper, stronger or lighter, in an effort to get an edge on the competition (drum roll – kick). So why…

Season 49, Game 61 San Antonio 94, New Orleans 86 52-9, 2nd in the West Do the Spurs have a PG problem? I’m not asking because Pop called a timeout 71 seconds into the game and parked Parker’s butt on the bench. That’s classic Pop, and every player knows that in any given game he can be on the short end of Pop’s leash. I’m asking because Mills might actually…

Season 49, Game 60 San Antonio 97, Detroit 81 51-9, 2nd in the West That might have been one of the more boring and yet interesting games the Spurs have played all year. The Spurs beat the Pistons 97-81 and this one was pretty much done before it began. Or so we thought. It was honestly a weird game. The first half was pure rubbish, for both teams. No one…

Season 49, Game 59 San Antonio 104, Houston 94 50-9, 2nd in the West The San Antonio Spurs concluded the 2016 Rodeo Road Trip with a win against the Houston Rockets. Led by Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 27 and 26 points, respectively, the victory over their Southwest Division rivals gave San Antonio a 7-1 record on their annual road trip. The win also extended the Spurs’ record…