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2016 Western Conference Playoffs, First Round San Antonio 106, Memphis 74 Spurs lead series 1-0 Credit to the Spurs: they have more appropriate fear of these Grizzlies than most of their fans. It’s easy to see why. There is a massive dearth of top-level NBA talent on this Memphis roster. Zach Randolph is probably the ‘truest’ NBA player remaining on their roster, and this ain’t 2011 Z-Bo. The Spurs contained…

As we begin the process of another playoff run, let me ask you a question: when was the last time the Spurs played a solid end-to-end basketball game? You could counter with: “When was the last time the Spurs played a meaningful basketball game?” And you would have a point. Perhaps this is to the benefit of the Warriors, who had a historic chase to keep them engaged and sharp….

Season 49, Game 81 San Antonio 102, Oklahoma City 98 OT Season 49, Game 82 San Antonio 96, Dallas 91 67-15, 2nd in the West Back in the day, coaches didn’t rest players. At least not much. And records, both for teams and individual players, mattered a whole lot. Just ask David Robinson. On April 24, 1994, entering the final game of the regular season, The Admiral trailed Shaquille O’Neal…

The Spurs haven’t played a meaningful game since, oh, mid-March? Once they locked up the two seed, everyone got the feeling that nothing really mattered until the regular season ended. The players might not have felt that way, but sometimes they sure looked like they felt that way. They’ve certainly looked like nothing mattered for a majority of the last two weeks of the regular season. Sometimes it’s been disconcerting….

Season 49, Game 80 San Antonio 86, Golden State 92 65-15, 2nd in the West The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA, and it’s not nearly as close as we all hope it is. They’re just a flat out much better team than the Spurs, which is scary, considering how good the Spurs are. But you have to play a nearly flawless game to beat them,…

Season 49, Game 78 San Antonio 101, Golden State 112 Season 49, Game 79 San Antonio 98, Denver 102 65-14, 2nd in the West Here at Spurs Dynasty, we’re following our rooting interest’s lead and embracing an unorthodox resting regimen as we head towards the playoffs. We want our thinkers, writers, and editors to be in top form heading into the playoffs. There are no records we’re trying to break;…

Season 49, Game 77 San Antonio 88, Utah 86 65-12, 2nd in the West I don’t want any part of this Utah team in the first round of the playoffs. (The irony is, by beating them, the Spurs probably make it more likely they’ll meet the Jazz in the first round.) In reality, this Utah squad is more like a 4 or 5 seed. They’ve been beset by injuries this…

Season 49, Game 76 San Antonio 102, Toronto 95 64-12, 2nd in the West Are the San Antonio Spurs becoming a super-charged version of the Oklahoma City Thunder? I mean no disrespect with this question. The Thunder are a really good team. Great, even. In any other season, the NBA world would be talking more about them. (I’m scared to death of that second round match-up.) The Thunder’s great flaw,…

It was an early, cool morning in March and I was driving to downtown San Antonio for an audience with one of San Antonio’s most recognizable basketball players. I was told to show up at 7:30am to attend a media session in which Johnsonville Sausage hosted a Q&A with their spokesman, followed by a breakfast buffet which featured, of course, plenty of sausage. As I arrived at the hotel, I…

Season 49, Game 75 San Antonio 100, New Orleans 92 63-12, 2nd in the West The problem with playing an injury-riddled team like the New Orleans Pelicans this late in the season is that while their talent isn’t on par with the Spurs, their effort and energy are. In fact, given that most of these players are fighting for their NBA careers tooth-and-nail while the Spurs are in full-on rest…