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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…

Season 49, Game 58 San Antonio 96, Utah 78 49-9, 2nd in the West 1. This Utah Jazz team is pretty, pretty good. And very, very young. The Jazz started February by going on a seven game win streak. Depending on how Houston plays in March, they could very well make the playoffs, which is no mean feat in the Western Conference. Their starters against the Spurs were Gordon Hayward…

Season 49, Game 57 San Antonio 108, Sacramento 92 48-9, 2nd in the West The Kings play a game that is about 85% basketball, and 15% something else. I’m not quite sure what that something else is, but it’s hard to adjust to. The pace is kind of frenetic, players are everywhere; about half the time a Kings player can’t be bothered to get back on defense, leading to easy…

When I reviewed the basic box score for the February 21st game at Phoenix, something “Spursy” jumped out at me. It wasn’t the number of assists (23) or points by the bench (55). Despite being well known for dominating these categories, I feel these no longer differentiate the Spurs from the rest of league. While casual fans look at how much a player scores (particularly when it’s 30 or higher),…

Season 49, Game 56 San Antonio 118, Phoenix 111 47-9, 2nd in the West You know it. I know it. Gregg Popovich knows it. The Spurs are playing really bad defense right now. Sometimes these games happen, and you find yourself in a dogfight with a team you should beat handily. Hell, sometimes they even happen in back-to-back games. When those games happen, though, it’s usually hot scoring from an…

Season 49, Game 55 San Antonio 119, Los Angeles Lakers 113 46-9, 2nd in the West Kobe vs. Duncan. Duncan vs. Kobe. Their last game as opponents. It’s easy; it writes itself. I’m not very interested in that narrative. They are two undeniably great talents. Kobe is probably the most influential player of his generation, and perhaps its greatest individual talent. But there’s no contest: Duncan is the greatest basketball…

Season 49, Game 54 San Antonio 86, Los Angeles Clippers 105 45-9, 2nd in the West Look, I get it. The first day back at work from a long vacation is really tough. You feel out of rhythm, overwhelmed with all the work waiting for you. Your mind is still stuck back in vacation, and all you can do is think: “what if I never had to work again in…