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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…

San Antonio 113, Los Angeles Clippers 103 In what feels like an annual tradition, the Spurs kickstarted the post-All Star break schedule with a bit of a head-turning win. Down Parker, Leonard, and Splitter, and with a very limited Manu, the Spurs looked more like the Spurs than they have in weeks, using selfless team play and solid execution throughout to put away the talented Clippers. Griffin had another solid…

San Antonio 104, Boston 92 Death, taxes, and Tim Duncan. When you’re down 2 future hall of famers and 2 top-flight defensive rotation players, there aren’t many tricks left up your sleeve. Luckily, San Antonio can still play a card it’s had in its hand for almost 2 decades: get it into the post to Tim Duncan. Even today, as Duncan nears the end of his career with just a…

When I heard that the Pistons had fired Mo Cheeks over the weekend, my immediate reaction was: there goes Monday’s game. For whatever reason (I’m sure we can psychoanalyze our way to several), teams always get up for that first game after a coach has been fired and an interim has stepped in. There’s a spring in the step, a renewed energy, and often an ‘unleashing’. Detroit is not lacking…

San Antonio 104, Charlotte 100 Ok then, Patty. Patty Mills is really an ideal back-up PG. You want somebody who can come in and run the offense in a similar fashion as the starter, but also brings something different to the table (3-point shooting). A player who can change the whole complexion of a game by virtue of energy and shifting the pace. Somebody who makes up in scrap what…

San Antonio 89, Brooklyn 103 There’s a recipe to pulling off these short-handed victories. You need to catch the opposing team asleep, probably in large part because their focus has waned facing an ‘inferior’ opponent. You need some hot shooting, particularly from the outside. You need to convert all of your lucky chances and free chances, and win a majority of the 50/50 balls. You need to turn it into…

San Antonio 125, Washington 118 (2OT) By the time the final buzzer had sounded in regulation, with the Spurs coming all the way back in the second half despite not having Tony Parker, they had to win the game. By putting so much effort into the night (and facing at least 5 more minutes of it), they had lessened their chances of winning the following night. Every second of Duncan’s…

San Antonio 102, New Orleans 95 I know the Spurs are playing well when I’m happy and enjoying the game. I know this is an overly emotional reading of what should be a very intellectualized study of events. But I started writing about the Spurs because I love the Spurs; while I do enjoy very intellectual and overly nerdy analyses of the things I love, my foundation is one of…