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Brooklyn 92, San Antonio 113 This game was a blowout after about 6 minutes of play. This game was so lopsided that the garbage time had garbage time, in which the Nets actually made the game look just a wee bit more respectable. The game was such a mismatch that the entire Nets team (save for 3 players) had already evacuated the floor even though there was 0.2 seconds left…

Sacramento 104, San Antonio 112 And I mean that quite literally: Manu Ginobili is playing at an NBA All-Star level. The line is always fine with Ginobili, between the mad genius that sees the basketball court in a truly unique manner, and the high risk-low reward turnover machine that can kill momentum. The effort, vision, and passion are always there; the difference often lies in two things: turnovers and shooting…

San Antonio 116, Dallas 107 Now that we’ve played one game, can we let go of all the DeJuan Blair sound and fury about his departure from San Antonio? Yes? (You’re welcome, DeJuan, for picking you when literally every team had already passed over you–some more than once–for giving you plentiful minutes, and for giving you a chance to succeed in the NBA. Really, it was our pleasure.) As I…

Houston 111, San Antonio 98 I seem to make this assertion at least once a season, and I suppose it’s time for that post again: despite the popular myth that NBA games don’t really matter until the 4th quarter, first quarters do indeed count on the scoreboard. Doug Collins always likes to say that the NBA is a 1st quarter game. If you throw out the first quarter of last…

Toronto 99, San Antonio 112 A night after coming from 10 down in the 4th quarter to beat the Thunder in OKC, the Raptors pushed another Western Conference team to the brink on their own floor. On this night, though, Toronto came up just short and the Spurs finally gained some separation in the closing minutes of a hard-fought game. With the win secure, the most interesting story of the…

Oklahoma City 113, San Antonio 100 After two games against Oklahoma City, I have three overriding thoughts regarding this match-up: 1. No team’s interior presence bothers us more than the Thunder’s. Every time we play them, the team misses so many lay-ups and bunnies and shots at and around the rim. The team either rushes shots, or use too many moves and overwork themselves into bad shots, or overpasses on…

San Antonio 104, Golden State 102 Now that was a fun game. These shorthanded Spurs often produce my favorite games of the season. It’s really a win-win situation for the Spurs: if they lose, they were expected to; if they compete and win or almost win, then it’s a morale boost or a big victory. Either way, there is no pressure on the Spurs, the team is allowed to play…

San Antonio 108, Phoenix 101 After the Spurs’ loss in LA on Monday night, twitter was abuzz (helpful hint: avoid twitter wormholes) about the Spurs’ lack of a “signature win” in this early season. The Spurs beat who they have to, the narrative went, but every time they face a ‘quality’ opponent, they lose. Which, on its face, appears true. Our losses this season are to Portland, OKC, the Clippers,…

San Antonio 92, Los Angeles Clipper 115 My frustration watching this game was probably inversely proportional to its importance in the season writ large. There will always be games like this, where the team is just sloppy, playing with tired legs, and seem to be a beat or two slow all night. They’ll keep the game close enough to provide some hope, but never get over that proverbial hump. Every…

San Antonio 100, Utah 84 In the battle of tired legs, the Spurs talent is still too much for the Jazz. Capping off a stretch in which they flew to Mexico, then to Canada, then back to San Antonio, before settling in Utah (on their way to LA next), the Spurs had every reason to come into this game flat, tired, and out of sync. “Schedule loss” was written in…