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Toronto 95, San Antonio 104  //  36-6  //  1st in the West After racing out to a 10-0 lead in the first 3 minutes, it took us another 9 minutes to score 10 more. 12 minutes later, we only had 20 more, trailing 42-53 at halftime. The first 3 minutes aside (in which it looked as if we might run Toronto out of the building), the first half was one…

Denver 97, San Antonio 110  //  35-6  //  1st in the West After getting down double digits early in the 2nd quarter, the Spurs used a monster run (during which they hit 14 straight baskets) to close the first half up by 12. Through most of the second half, the Spurs operated within a 10-18 point lead, never able to fully put away the feisty Nuggets, yet never really being…

Dallas 89, San Antonio 101  //  34-6  //  1st in the West Now that’s how a victory against a short-handed Dallas Mavericks team should go. Little resistance, plenty of garbage time. Honestly, there’s not much that can be said about this game regarding the two teams. Without Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavs aren’t the Mavs, and no reasonable conclusions can be drawn from the match-up. In a game like this, once…

San Antonio 91, Milwaukee 84  //  33-6  //  1st in the West The really unique thing about the Spurs playing great defense is that you barely notice when it happens. It rarely comes with a flurry of steals or blocked shots or supreme one-on-one defense; rather, it’s a slow tightening of a vice on the other team’s offense, leading to long jump shots, minimal ball movement, shot clock violations, and…

San Antonio 107, Minnesota 96  //  32-6  //  1st in the West After another dizzying 20-20 performance from Kevin Love but another tight victory from the Spurs, I’m happy to be done with the Timberwolves this year. Some teams, regardless of record, just match up well with you, and the TImberwolves are one of those teams. Great rebounding teams can get give us fits, and the W0lves, with Love, are…

Minnesota 91, San Antonio 94  //  31-6  //  1st in the West In my conversation with Jonah Steinmeyer from Howlin’ T-Wolf, he asked me about our bench and if the bench play could be the difference in the game between these two teams. Very prescient, indeed. A quick look at the numbers will show us that our bench most likely won this game for us. We played four players off…

In lieu of our upcoming home and home with the Minnesota Timberwolves, I chatted with Jonah Steinmeyer over at www.howlintwolf.com, a great Timberwolves blog. We discussed each other’s teams, the upcoming games, and the future fortunes for each franchise. Here is what he had to say. Make sure to visit his site to see my answers to his questions about the Spurs and to learn more about the Timberwolves. SpursDynasty:…

San Antonio 90, Indiana 87  //  30-6  //  1st in the West After the last two performances by the Spurs, one would imagine that defense would be a top priority for the team coming into this game. By most accounts, the defense was much better. By Pop’s favorite metric, we held them to 37.5% shooting, always a great sign. In the fourth quarter alone, the Pacers shot only 1 of…

After last night’s emotional recap, I thought I’d share a few more analytical thoughts about the exciting game: –I liked Graydon Gordian’s analysis over at 48MoH regarding the poor execution in the last two minutes of the game from the two best executing teams in the league. Tas and Melas over at The Basketball Jones rightly point out that both teams choked in the last two minutes, as the Spurs…

San Antonio 103, Boston 105  //  29-6  //  1st in the West Basketball is a game of inches and moments. Inches: one or two here and there can be the difference between a miss and a make, a steal and a foul, a charge and a block, a rebound and a loose ball, a contested shot or a blown rotation.  In the aggregate, those inches can spell the difference between…