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Season 50, Game 19 San Antonio 94, Dallas 87 15-4, 2nd in the West A few minutes can completely change the perception of a game. For most of the game, Wednesday’s win over Dallas felt a lot like Tuesday’s loss to Orlando. The team was sluggish, playing without any force or impetus to win. Then Patty Mills got hot, Kawhi started playing angry, and the offense woke up (scoring on…

Season 50, Game 18 San Antonio 83, Orlando 95 14-4, 2nd in the West As far as turd games go, that was about as shitty as it gets. There is sure to be some recency bias here, but I can’t remember a more lifeless Spurs performance. It was certainly the worst performance of the season. The team posted a season high in turnovers, a season low in points, and a…

Season 50, Game 17 San Antonio 112, Washington 100 14-3, 3rd in the West The Spurs finished off their three-game East Coast road trip Saturday by beating the Wizards as normally and routinely as possible. Outside of some “holy hell!” plays by Jonathon Simmons (particularly that chase down block), I’m having a hard time thinking of any hard-hitting analysis. (Or perhaps it’s time to apply the “too much turkey” joke…

Season 50, Game 16 San Antonio 109, Boston 103 13-3, 3rd in the West Someday (soon, hopefully), the entirety of the Spurs roster will show up to play a game, and the results will be magnificent. We’re talking at least a double-digit victory. Until then, I suppose we’ll content ourselves with these close victories that are in doubt until the very end. Instead of wondering why the team can never…

Season 50, Game 15 San Antonio 119, Charlotte 114 12-3, 3rd in the West With the man himself sitting courtside, Kawhi Leonard put on his most Jordanesque performance to date. Drawing on all eras of his career, he fearlessly attacked the rim, he dropped step-back jumper after step-back jumper, he drew enough offensive attention to open things up for other players, and he played defense like there were 2 or…

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Season 50, Game 14 San Antonio 96, Dallas 91 11-3, 3rd in the West Coach Pop gets the first word after Monday’s uninspiring win against the Dallas Mavericks: In all honesty, that should probably be the last word, as well. Watching the game, I didn’t see things quite the same as Pop. Yes, the Spurs didn’t play all that inspired against a very short-handed but scrappy Mavs team. To be…

Season 50, Game 13 San Antonio 116, Los Angeles Lakers 107 10-3, 3rd in the West In a game defined by runs, the Spurs had the last tiniest gasp to edge out the Lakers. Leading by as many as 18 at the start of the 4th quarter (that number should sound familiar, as it was the same margin against Sacramento two nights earlier), the Lakers came up a few shot…

In the third installment of 3 in the Key™, Trace Ronning and Andrew Flores discuss the 12th game of the season, the Spurs 110-105 win on the road against the Sacramento Kings. Let’s start with Trace’s three key takeaways… Have you ever heard anyone say, “It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish”? Nobody has ever said that to this collection of San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs led by…

Season 50, Game 12 San Antonio 110, Sacramento 105 9-3, 3rd in the West The last line of my notes from Wednesday’s win against the Kings was: “How long will Pop let this go on?” What was shaping up to be a nice little blowout turned into a tense drama (or comical farce, or a horror show, depending on your viewpoint or mood), as the Kings starters made a 14-2…

Season 50, Game 11 San Antonio 94, Miami 90 8-3, 3rd in the West There are a few games like this every year. The Spurs get a comfortable first half lead and go into cruise control; the other team raises their energy level and defensive intensity, and the Spurs scramble to hold on to the lead and match the other team’s intensity. Sometimes, you get lucky and the clock runs…