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Season 49, Game 63 San Antonio 91, Indiana 99 53-10, 2nd in the West A day after the Warriors shot a disastrous 4 for 30 from the 3-point line in a loss to the Lakers, the Spurs almost matched them by shooting 4 for 28 in a loss to the Pacers. In a perverse (and inverse) way, this is a microcosm of the season: anything the Spurs can do, the…

Season 49, Game 62 San Antonio 104, Sacramento 94 53-9, 2nd in the West Sometimes I wonder if Pop does things just to see how difficult he can make it before the team is actually in jeopardy of losing a game. Let’s sit Duncan, he’s old and we have a difficult stretch of games. Oooh, then let’s sit Green, because he’s played a lot this season, even if he is in…

In the push for playoff supremacy, sometimes a team has to tweak their roster in what would seem like the slightest way to gain a significant advantage. Think of it like a sword maker who knows that he only needs to change one of 10 ingredients to make a blade sharper, stronger or lighter, in an effort to get an edge on the competition (drum roll – kick). So why…

Season 49, Game 61 San Antonio 94, New Orleans 86 52-9, 2nd in the West Do the Spurs have a PG problem? I’m not asking because Pop called a timeout 71 seconds into the game and parked Parker’s butt on the bench. That’s classic Pop, and every player knows that in any given game he can be on the short end of Pop’s leash. I’m asking because Mills might actually…

Season 49, Game 60 San Antonio 97, Detroit 81 51-9, 2nd in the West That might have been one of the more boring and yet interesting games the Spurs have played all year. The Spurs beat the Pistons 97-81 and this one was pretty much done before it began. Or so we thought. It was honestly a weird game. The first half was pure rubbish, for both teams. No one…

Season 49, Game 59 San Antonio 104, Houston 94 50-9, 2nd in the West The San Antonio Spurs concluded the 2016 Rodeo Road Trip with a win against the Houston Rockets. Led by Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored 27 and 26 points, respectively, the victory over their Southwest Division rivals gave San Antonio a 7-1 record on their annual road trip. The win also extended the Spurs’ record…

Season 49, Game 58 San Antonio 96, Utah 78 49-9, 2nd in the West 1. This Utah Jazz team is pretty, pretty good. And very, very young. The Jazz started February by going on a seven game win streak. Depending on how Houston plays in March, they could very well make the playoffs, which is no mean feat in the Western Conference. Their starters against the Spurs were Gordon Hayward…

Season 49, Game 57 San Antonio 108, Sacramento 92 48-9, 2nd in the West The Kings play a game that is about 85% basketball, and 15% something else. I’m not quite sure what that something else is, but it’s hard to adjust to. The pace is kind of frenetic, players are everywhere; about half the time a Kings player can’t be bothered to get back on defense, leading to easy…

When I reviewed the basic box score for the February 21st game at Phoenix, something “Spursy” jumped out at me. It wasn’t the number of assists (23) or points by the bench (55). Despite being well known for dominating these categories, I feel these no longer differentiate the Spurs from the rest of league. While casual fans look at how much a player scores (particularly when it’s 30 or higher),…

Season 49, Game 56 San Antonio 118, Phoenix 111 47-9, 2nd in the West You know it. I know it. Gregg Popovich knows it. The Spurs are playing really bad defense right now. Sometimes these games happen, and you find yourself in a dogfight with a team you should beat handily. Hell, sometimes they even happen in back-to-back games. When those games happen, though, it’s usually hot scoring from an…