San Antonio 101, Orlando 123 // 25-4 // 1st in the West Regular season NBA games do not exist in a vacuum, much as we’d like to think so. Every single game can’t be Team A at its best vs. Team B at its best. Extenuating circumstances abound, and play larger factors than we might imagine. Coming into tonight’s game against the Orlando Magic, the Spurs had just put the…
Denver 103, San Antonio 109 // 25-3 // 1st in the West Near the end of the 3rd quarter I had already begun to write this game’s post-mortem in my head. It’s not that a 9-point deficit is really much of anything in the NBA with a quarter to play; it’s just that we were playing so badly and getting worked over by the Denver guard trio of Chauncey Billups,…
Phoenix 110, San Antonio 118 // 24-3 // The Spurs have made two big changes this year, both in imitation of the Phoenix Suns, and both to great effect. The first we all know about: the increased tempo. The second was a change made in direct response to last year’s ignominious sweep from the playoffs at the Suns’ hands: a reliable bench. In that playoff series, it became quite apparent after the first 2 games that while the Suns ran 10 deep, the Spurs barely had 6 reliable playoff players.
Memphis 106, San Antonio 112 // 23-3 // Tony Parker gets overlooked a lot in the Spurs world. Tim Duncan is the rock upon which we’ve built four championships, and the most important player in franchise history. Manu Ginobili is our savior sent from another dimension to excite us and help us win games, and probably our most popular player ever. And Coach Popovich is widely heralded a basketball genius, sets the tone for the entire organization, and might secretly be the funniest and kindest man working in the NBA.
San Antonio 113, Denver 112 // 22-3 // This game perfectly highlighted why our “Big 3” may still be the best out there, or at least the 3 that play the nicest together. Tony got things going for us in the first half and was dominating at will. He was probing into the lane, breaking down the defense, and either scoring or passing out to wide open shooters. We started the game flat as hell, and if not for Parker and Duncan carrying the load and keeping us afloat, Denver might have run us out of the gym. continue reading
Milwaukee 90, San Antonio 92 // 21-3 // You can have Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, or anybody else you want. With the game on the line in the last 2 minutes, I’ll take Manu Ginobili. He is the clutchest of clutch. Not just his shooting, which is superb. But he just makes plays, whether it be a huge rebound in traffic, a steal from an unsuspecting big, or just drawing a foul and getting to the line (where he is, again, clutch). He can play 46 minutes of crap ball, but with the game in the balance, you know he’ll continue reading
In case you missed it, Tim, Manu, Tony and RJ are on the front page of Yahoo! Sports today, accompanied by two articles about the league-leading Spurs. Johnny Ludden, formerly of the San Antonio Express-News, writes:Today, the Spurs look a little more healthy and engaged. They play faster and their bench is considerably longer. Their black-and-silver core, however, remains unchanged: Duncan-Ginobili-Parker-Popovich. In an era when the NBA feels continue reading
Portland 78, San Antonio 95 // 20-3 // Watching the game, it certainly had the feel of a vintage championship Spurs team performance: clogged passing lanes, deflected passes, great rotations, lots of one-on-one from the Blazers players, shots jacked up as the shot clock expires. It’s nice to know that that Spurs team still lurks inside this new offensive juggernaut, and that when the winter thaws and continue reading
Atlanta 92, San Antonio 108 // 19-3 // If someone just looked at the final score of this game, or just tuned in for the 4th quarter, they wouldn’t realize what a total uglyfest this game was. For three quarters, at least. Much like in our last loss against the Clippers, the team looked flat and a bit disinterested. The offense was in complete disarray; the team looked like they had just met in the locker room before the game. There was just no crispness to the team. Luckily, some solid defense and the Hawks seeming continue reading
Golden State 94, San Antonio 111 // 18-3 // Don’t look now, but George Hill is back. He has quietly put together a really nice stretch of games, pushing his scoring average up to near 12 ppg. More importantly, he seems to have rediscovered his stroke (especially from deep), his confidence, and his defensive prowess. He never gets mentioned as an elite defender in the national press, but show me 3 players that play better perimeter defense in this league. That’s right; you can’t. continue reading