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Season 48, Game 39 Washington 101, San Antonio 93 23-16, 7th in the West This was the best thing that happened to the Spurs in Washington, D.C. You should watch it. It’s really good. (And Tim Duncan doesn’t wear a tie to the White House to meet the President?! I don’t even know what to call that, but that’s a man’s move.) Even had the Spurs beaten the Wizards, the…

Season 48, Game 38 San Antonio 108, Minnesota 93 23-15, 7th in the West Last night was one of those “good for what ails you” games, a welcome respite from the gauntlet that is the Western Conference. I’m not sure too much can be drawn from the game (Austin Daye did go for 22 and 10, after all), but the team didn’t crap the bed in the final minutes against…

Season 48, Game 37 San Antonio 100, Phoenix 95 22-15, 7th in the West That was a sight for sore eyes. The Spurs (mostly) hit their free throws down the stretch. (Cory missed 3 of 4 in one critical stretch, but Green hit 4 in a row and Joseph hit 2 late to seal it.) The Spurs (kind of) executed offensively down the stretch, running their sets crisply, moving the…

Portland Trailblazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans. Those are your Spurs’ last 10 opponents, folks. Results: 4 wins, 6 losses. Last month the Spurs played 18 games in total. Most were against likely playoff teams. Most were played without Kawhi Leonard or Tony Parker. Overall, it was the worst December of Tim Duncan’s…

Season 48, Game 36 Detroit 105, San Antonio 104 21-15, 7th in the West Ouch. I can’t think of a much worse way to lose the game. Surely there are worse losses, and even worse moments, but to be up one, inbounding the ball, and have that sequence of events is just a gut-punch. Of course, as we all know, games are not won nor lost in a specific moment….

Season 48, Game 35 San Antonio 101, Washington 92 21-14, 7th in the West A tired team playing a grueling road schedule ran out of gas late in the game, eventually falling. For the first time since November, that team wasn’t the Spurs. Fresh off two days rest and with the toughest stretch of the schedule in the rearview mirror, the Spurs held off a scorching start from the Wizards…

Season 48, Game 34 San Antonio 95, New Orleans 93 (OT) 20-14, 7th in the West Maybe this year really will be better than the last. (Obviously, the “year” in question is just this NBA season, as the only way to top 2014 is for the Spurs to go 16-0 in the playoffs, beating Dallas, Houston, OKC, and Cleveland, topped off with Pop, Tim, and Manu immediately disappearing in a cloud…

Season 48, Game 33 Memphis 95, San Antonio 87 19-14, 7th in the West This team is worn down. Short-handed and worn down. It’s one thing to play 18 games in a month, with 7 back-to-backs, with a good chunk of those games coming against the top teams in the West. That is a tough task. It’s another thing entirely to play that schedule without Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and…

Season 48, Game 32 San Antonio 110, Houston 106 19-13, 7th in the West I didn’t imagine it was possible, but this Rockets team just keeps getting more and more unlikeable. James Harden and Dwight Howard are my two least favorite “superstars”, with eyesore games to match. But now they’ve added Jason Terry, who is always atop the Spurs’ fans hate list; Patrick Beverley makes me want to punch someone,…

Season 48, Game 31 New Orleans 97, San Antonio 90 18-13, 7th in the West On its face, there’s not much difference between this year’s team and last year’s team. The rosters are identical. The foundational principles are identical. The sets, plays, and defensive rotations are identical. No player is having an appreciably worse season, and many of the role players are actually having career years. Yes, there have been…