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San Antonio 99, Sacramento 79 In honor of the opening weekend of the NCAA March Madness Tournament, the Kings and the Spurs decided to play a game of college basketball. By that I mean really bad shooting, shoddy execution, and lots of frenetic play and wild energy amounting to almost nothing. Every time I watch college basketball, I’m reminded of the tremendous gap in quality of play between the two…

San Antonio 125, Los Angeles Lakers 109 I was never worried about the outcome of this game. Not 5 days earlier, the Spurs had run this Lakers team off of the floor. Now, in the friendly confines of their own gym, the Lakers were able to keep up for about 3 1/2 quarters. But don’t be mistaken: the Spurs were still running them off the floor; they were just offering…

Utah 104, San Antonio 122 Utah played great and with great energy, but there was no way they were beating the Spurs on this night at this point in the season. The Spurs weathered the storm through a long patch of injuries and rotation roulette, and yet here they stand, first in the league to 50 wins, the 15th straight time this team has reached that milestone, easily an NBA…

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…