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Short-Handed Spurs Edge Blazers on the Road

Season 51, Game 32
San Antonio 93, Portland 91
22-10, 3rd in the West

It wasn’t flashy, it wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t the most fun game to watch, but the Spurs kicked off the current road trip with a two-points victory over Portland last night. And in the crowded Western Conference, any win will do, especially when San Antonio played without two of their starters.

Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker both got a day of rest on Wednesday night, so the Spurs relied on their two bigs – Pau Gasol and former Trail Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge – to lead them to victory. Both did their part, making 15-of-20 of their combined shots and scoring 16 points apiece in the first half. Aldridge led the team with 22 points, while Pau finished with 20 to go along with a season-high 17 rebounds.

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Spurs Fall to Rockets in Houston

Season 51, Game 29
San Antonio 109, Houston 124
19-10, 3rd in the West

Tonight Kawhi Leonard played in his second game of the season and his 400th in the NBA. The Spurs lost.

Still, Kawhi has more wins (306) in his first 400 games than any other player in NBA history.

That says as much about the Spurs’ level of excellence as it does about Kawhi’s these last six plus seasons.

Other than Kawhi’s milestone, there’s not much else to say about this game.

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Manu, Forever

 

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) pumps his fist after hitting the winning shot in the final seconds of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 105-102.

Season 51, Game 26
San Antonio 105, Boston 102
18-8, 3rd in the West

Sometimes, a game requires an in-depth analysis that breaks down plus/minus and true shooting percentages.

Sometimes, a game reveals mismatches that one team exploits over the other and can be talked about at length.

Sometimes, a team gets lucky and steals a win against a better team in perfect storm scenarios.

And then sometimes, a 40-year-old Manu Ginobili steps out of the phone booth and reminds us he can still save the world from time to time.

Make no mistake, this game was worthy of its True Shooting Percentage analysis or its mismatch exploitation recap. But the heroics of Manu Ginoboli, which I surmise are taken for granted more than any other player in Spurs history, are exponentially more impressive than can be verbalized. It’s quite simple really:

Manu Ginobili is a gem. A national treasure, who should be preserved. A rose in a field of thorns. On a snowy night in San Antonio, Manu Ginobili hit a game winner and there was only one thing to say:

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Spurs Recover From Slow Start To Win Big in Charlotte

Season 51, Game 19
San Antonio 106, Charlotte 86
12-7, 3rd in the West

Holding your opponent to 29 points in a half can cover up all manner of sin.

So while the Spurs only managed 14 points in the first quarter Saturday night, they were no worse for wear, as the Hornets only managed a meager 15. 12 minutes later, the Spurs were back on track (after a 26 point 2nd quarter), while the Hornets were still spinning in the mud.

That slow first quarter is easily misleading: after starting 1-for-10 from the field (10% for non-Math Majors), the Spurs finished 38-for-70 (54%) the rest of the way. Once the ill-effects of too much turkey wore off, the Spurs were blistering offensively.

We’ve spent a lot of time this season talking about LaMarcus, Kyle Anderson, and Danny Green. All had good games. LaMarcus continues to work his butt off, doing all of the dirty work that gets less notice than his scoring output. Kyle continues to be the best PG on the team. He also had 5 steals in the game, using his long arms and anticipation to make up for his lack of speed.

But one player we haven’t talked much about this season who is playing brilliantly is Pau Gasol. Most observant fans were left scratching their heads after the Spurs re-signed Pau for 3 more years in the off season. At his age and with his production last season (and how the contract left the team with little financial flexibility), that seemed like a mistake.

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Spurs Split A Pair of Games After Coming Back From Big Deficits

Season 51, Games 15 & 16
San Antonio 86, Minnesota 98
San Antonio 104, Oklahoma City 101
10-6, 4th in the West

Despite different outcomes and wildly different energies, the last two games had a streak of similarity. In both games, the Spurs got down big, and in both games, they were able to fight their way back into it to make the game respectable.

On Wednesday in Minnesota, the schedule and the road were against them. So after clawing back into the game, they just didn’t have the juice to get over the hump. As my colleague said on Twitter, the Spurs looked like they had played the previous night in Dallas, TX.

But the process was good, and the scrap and heart in the team was commendable. While the talent isn’t all the way there (yet), this team is playing with a purpose and togetherness that is fun to watch. And it’s keeping them competitive in the West while they wait for Leonard to return.

On Friday night, back at home and rested, they were able to complete the comeback and beat the “super team” Thunder. What an awesome game. Everybody that played contributed something, making it a team win. There was no star, but Green and Anderson were steady throughout, and Aldridge brought us home in the 4th quarter.

Green was an all-around stud, disrupting the Thunder on defense (drawing the primary assignment of guarding Westbrook) and pouring in 17 points on the other end. His hot-shooting kept the team afloat in the first half.

Anderson continues to make the most of early season minutes with Leonard down. Zach Lowe mentioned him in his weekly Friday column, discussing how he has turned his (lack of) speed into his greatest weapon. It’s so hard for most NBA players to guard him because he moves at such a unique pace. With Parker out, he is probably the best or second best “point guard” on the team. Pop trusts him to run the offense, even late in close games. What a vote of confidence.

During his 3rd quarter interview, when asked what changed about his team, Pop said (paraphrasing): they went from an attitude of ‘poor me’ to one of ‘screw you’.

Screw you. I like it. Despite their reputation, ‘screw you’ isn’t an attitude we often associate with the Spurs. They are professional, proficient, efficient, and machine-like. But emotion and heart aren’t often ascribed to them as a whole.

But without Leonard (and to a lesser extent, Parker), they must rely more on togetherness, heart, and ‘screw you’ mentality to win games.

This reminds me of perhaps my favorite Pop-ism of all time: you have to participate in your own recovery.

On Wednesday and Friday night, the team did just that. While they only snuck away with a win in one of the games, both games gave us fans a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to.

The Spurs get the weekend off before hosting Atlanta on Monday night.

Go Spurs Go.

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