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In the sixth and final episode of 2014, Stephen, Noriel, Brantley and I discuss: the ugliest week of Spurs basketball so far this season the tough, scary stretch of games remaining this month the return of Tiago Splitter the opportunities presented by injuries the outstanding play of Danny Green and Cory Joseph trade rumors and who we would like to see in a Spurs uniform Let us know what you…

Season 48, Game 23 Los Angeles Lakers 112, San Antonio 110 (OT) 16-7, 6th in the West I agree with Pop: the team was pitiful tonight. The Spurs started great, going up 10-0 in the first three minutes. They played desperate in the final 3 minutes to erase a late deficit. The intervening 42 minutes were just awful. Pitiful. The team lacked passion, focus, energy, and–well, here, I’ll just let Pop…

Season 48, Game 22 San Antonio 109, New York 95 16-6, 6th in the West The Knicks are having all sorts of issues and are one of the worst teams in the league, but I still didn’t expect this. Coming off a very dispiriting loss to the Jazz in which the Spurs essentially wasted a great Tim Duncan game, tonight served as a ‘get right’ game to wash the bad…

Season 48, Game 21 Utah 100, San Antonio 96 15-6, 6th in the West Tim Duncan was splendid on Tuesday night; the rest of the Spurs roster was decidedly un-splendid. Utah has always been a tough place to play for the Spurs and the rest of the NBA. The high altitude and rabid fans create a rather hostile work environment, and even in down years, the Jazz typically perform well…

Stephen, Noriel and I had a lot to talk about this week: Games against the Celtics, Sixers, Nets and Grizzlies Tim Duncan’s 8th career triple-double Was Danny Green was unfairly scapegoated by Pop in the Brooklyn game? A rejuvenated Manu Ginobili and recuperating Marco Belinelli Could Kawhi Leonard be the league’s next great player? Are the Golden State Warriors for real? Who is a bigger threat in the East, the…

Season 48, Game 20 San Antonio 123, Minnesota 101 15-5, 5th in the West Even though the Spurs had the game in hand from the beginning, I found myself getting annoyed at some of the sloppy and careless play. Then Sean Elliott said something: “We’re just getting a little careless because it’s Minnesota.” I immediately felt better and watched the remainder of the game with the appropriate level of care…

Season 48, Game 19 San Antonio 107, Memphis 101 14-5, 5th in the West We’ve seen this game before. Ever since that playoff series, the Spurs have completely owned the Memphis Grizzlies. Not only that, it seems like the games almost always play out in a familiar fashion. Spurs take an early lead and control of the game. Memphis keeps it close throughout, but never gets over the hump. Spurs…

Season 48, Game 18 Brooklyn 95, San Antonio 93 (OT) 13-5, 6th in the West The Spurs shot a chilly 35.6% in Brooklyn. Everything was missing. 3s were in and out; layups were bouncing around and out; 2nd and 3rd shot opportunities, clang, clang. The team put up an unfathomable 101 shots in such a low scoring game. I don’t know if rims can actually be tight or not, but…

Season 48, Game 17 San Antonio 109, Philadelphia 103 13-4, 5th in the West It’s a fairly common phenomenon, and one the Spurs have been on the opposite side of many times: one team jumps out to a fairly comfortable lead in the first half; the second team raises their aggression and energy in the second half and the first team can’t match it. Suddenly, what was once a 24-point…

Season 48, Game 16 San Antonio 111, Boston 89 12-4, 5th in the West The final score tells you everything and nothing about this Sunday afternoon game between two teams with a combined 22 NBA Championships. (Yeah, the Boston Celtics have won 17 Titles. Let that sink in for a second.) If I told you that Tony Parker didn’t score until there was 3:02 left in the second quarter, and…