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San Antonio 91, Minnesota 110 I watched two things this evening: The Book Thief, the story of an orphan who is taken in by a German couple at the beginning of WWII, who then hide a Jew in their basement for some time and eventually (spoiler alert) die in a bombing raid. The film is narrated by Death, literally. And this Spurs game. Thematically, a complementary pairing. Remember that game…

Memphis 92, San Antonio 112 I will confess, I was worried about this game all weekend. I was worried that the loss to OKC on Thursday night had magically broken the spell, that the historic level of play this team had reached over the 19-game win streak would suddenly vanish. *POOF* Gone. Thankfully, those fears were quickly put to rest after about 12 minutes. The Spurs couldn’t have played a…

In a game that was almost certainly a “Schedule Loss” well before the 19-game win streak dominated the narrative, we should not put much stock in the actual outcome of last night’s game. Pop certainly doesn’t. In fact, no one is happier than him that his team lost. Let’s play a little “Good Cop/Bad Cop” for the recap: Good Cop: The most important question going into last night’s game: Can…

Golden State 90, San Antonio 111 19 straight wins. Another division title. Yawn. We care because our Spurs don’t. There’s a narrative around the Spurs that always tends to remove humanity from them. Whether they are ‘boring’ (thankfully a notion that has all but disappeared), ‘efficient’, or ‘machine-like’, interchangeable parts plugged into an unstoppable machine, they are rarely described as human. The offense is lauded and roundly admired, but it’s…

San Antonio 103, Indiana 77 Headed in different directions. The Spurs into the high tide of the Playoffs, the Pacers deeper and deeper into stormy weather and choppy water. (I don’t do nautical metaphors well; thank you for your patience.) What can we say about this game? A month ago, this seemed like a huge game, a litmus test for the team’s preparedness heading into the playoffs. Then the Spurs…

New Orleans 80, San Antonio 96 The Spurs tied the franchise regular season record by winning their 17th game in a row against the New Orleans Pelicans. San Antonio got up by 15 or so early in the first quarter and mostly coasted the rest of the way to the victory. New Orleans played hard, but were without superstar Anthony Davis and never really stood a chance. The Spurs were…

San Antonio 133, Denver 102 Two nights after bemoaning the need for a loss in the wake of a flat and lifeless second half, the Spurs rebounded (against the same team, on the road) by completely annihilating the Nuggets wire to wire. When a team plays that consistently well over the course of an entire game and wins by 31, it’s hard to get too upset about much of anything….

Denver 103, San Antonio 108 On any given night, any NBA team can beat another On one of these given night, the Spurs will lose a game again. And we should be happy when it does. Last night was a great chance, but a 20-point first half lead buys a lot of leeway. The Spurs looked like they have for the last month in the first half and were poised…

Philadelphia 91, San Antonio 113 The San Antonio Spurs beat the Philadelphia 76ers at the AT&T Center by 22 points while resting 3 starters in what might be the largest team-wide talent and quality gap in the NBA. The end. Or, a few more thoughts on tonight’s game: –Tonight was a classic ‘one team is playing checkers, the other team is playing chess’ game. Much like those Lakers games, the…

San Antonio 99, Golden State 90 I’m not entirely sure how we won that game. Tim and Manu didn’t play. Mills and Diaw looked as if they were trying to shoot their way straight out of the league. Parker seemed to want to dribble the game away. Kawhi was an overall net positive, but shot just 5 for 14 and had some bad misses. Austin Daye played meaningful minutes in…