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Los Angeles Lakers 85, San Antonio 119 Umm…who are these guys? I follow the NBA pretty closely (though mostly through the prism of the Spurs), and I don’t even know two of these Lakers starters. Couldn’t pick them in a game of “Who He Play For?”. And they are starting for a professional basketball team. Poor Pau Gasol. Even in the height of his time in the Lakers, when Laker…

San Antonio 104, Chicago 96 The Bulls have now played the Spurs at their lowest point and their highest (to date) point. Several weeks ago the Bulls came into San Antonio on the eve of the Rodeo Road Trip with the team just barely holding on to its health and took it to the Spurs, capping off a 3-game losing streak, the longest of the season. Things seemed bleak. The…

Orlando 112, San Antonio 121 If that game looked significantly different than Thursday night’s game, there’s good reason. All 82 count the same in the standings, but aren’t play the same in the hearts, minds, and bodies of the players. It’s only natural that a rematch of last year’s Finals, against the best team in the league, played on national TV, would garner more attention and energy from the Spurs….

I had a dream last week after the victory against Dallas that the Spurs had won the title this year, and had done so in large part because of losing last year’s Finals (don’t question dream logic, just ride with it). When I woke, for the briefest of moments, I had finally come to terms with that loss. Beating Miami on Thursday night felt good, but not as good as…

San Antonio 122, Cleveland 101 Chicks dig the long ball, but this writer swoons over the assist. Put the two together and we have a game we can all agree upon. Oh my, what a display. If you’ve seen or ready anything about the game, then you already know by now: 39 assists on 43 made field goals, 14 three pointers (all assisted), and just an absolute clinic on precision…

Dallas 106, San Antonio 112 And like that, the team is whole again. With the return of Parker to the line-up, the Spurs played with their full complement of players for the first time in almost 2 months. Parker, while the least injured, was the most critical to get healthy. When Pop sat his, he said it was a variety of maladies, and that he needed Parker to get right…

Charlotte 82, San Antonio 92 It probably wasn’t the deciding factor in the game, but the game sure felt like a referendum on our choice in 7th/8th men, the sweet shooting SG off the bench. Marco vs. Gary. It was almost comical watching them go at each other in the first 4 minutes of the 4th quarter, as they traded baskets (and Gary even got in a nice shot to…

Back home and it feels so nice. The two games against Detroit in the last month serve as opposite dichotomies of the curious case of the effects of “energy” on NBA games and teams. It’d be nice to imagine these games played in perfect vacuums with players performing robotically to the exact specifications of their abilities (only Tim Duncan can do that); in fact, though, many variables are at play,…

San Antonio 111, Portland 109 I finally got to watch the Spurs beat the Blazers. As in, last Wednesday; and, as in, just in general. It’s a pretty rare thing, so let’s talk about it a bit, shall we?: –A lot of the talk after the game was about Patty Mills continued torrid scoring. I think the game really had 3 stars, though: Mills, Belinelli, and Ginobili. Marco hit some…

San Antonio 85, Phoenix 106 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. 2 victories on the tail end of the rodeo road trip was always going to be seen as a success, no matter the configuration they came in. After pulling off the impressive back-to-back against LA and Portland (a game I still have not seen because of the blackout rules, hence no recap), the Phoenix game became gravy. I thought…