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There are only 3 positives to take away from this game: 1. We won. Always a good thing. 2. Manu Ginobili. It’s such a pleasure to watch him play. I experience actual joy when he is on the court. Our offense almost literally could not score without him on the floor. If he’s not a Spur next year…well, I don’t know what I’ll do. But I’ll be very unhappy. 3….

That was a weird game. Everything just felt a little off-kilter for most of the 48. Pop played 11 players in the first quarter, including extended run for Mahinmi and Hairston. The pace was off the charts for the first half, as both teams pushed the ball like they were playing under D’Antoni circa Phoenix 2005. Both teams seemed to make little runs and grab control of the game, only…

The reports are coming in, and it looks like Parker will miss up to 6 weeks with a fracture in the ring finger of his right hand. If that is the case, it’s almost a poetic ending to Parker’s season. He was just never able to get it going, battling various ankle, foot, and hip problems all season. He played valiantly and showed bursts of his former speed and abilities,…

Another strong win for the Spurs. This felt a lot like last night’s game, building a big first half lead mostly on the strength of some unusually good 3-point shooting, then fighting off every little run in the second half before pulling away for good late. I’ll take these wins any day. The real bright spots of the game for me were Matt Bonner and Richard Jefferson. Bonner kept up…

Another night; another victory over the New Orleans Hornets. The good news: we swept the season series and can actually beat the Hornets on a consistent basis; the bad news: there’s 0.001% chance we’ll see them in the playoffs. And since every other western conference team seems to own us right now, that doesn’t bode too well for our playoff chances. In a lot of ways, this game followed a…

That might have been the least convincing 14 point win I’ve seen in a while. Twice we had the Hornets on the ropes with big leads after strong surges, and twice we let them back into the game. We were up by 14 or 15 early in the second quarter and failed to score a point over about a 5 or 6 minute stretch. The Hornets got it back to…

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The cast of characters may change, but most of the principals are still there. Duncan, Ginobili, Parker, Nash, Stoudemire. The teams may be diametrically opposed philosophically, but they have slowly shifted towards each other over the last few years. The Spurs, once the standard bearer for defense, has become a more effective offensive team at the expense of their once…

And a resounding one at that. *Sigh* 3 of our starters didn’t score a single point. 3 or theirs each had 30 or more points. I don’t need a stat expert to figure that one out. At least Malik Hairston played well. I like Malik and root for him, but he has always seemed a little lost on the court. Tonight, however, he played with more confidence and understanding of…

Sometimes a block is just a block. Sometimes a block is the turning point of a game. But can a block be the turning point of an entire season? Manu fucking Ginobili. Welcome home, my friend.

In the first 5 minutes of the game against the Detroit Pistons, the Pistons outscored the Spurs by 10, getting up 14-4 early. In the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter the Pistons outscored us by 4 points. In 10 minutes they outplayed us by 14 points; in the remaining 38 (not including OT), we outscored them by 14. We were better, for longer, but had two smaller periods…