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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…

Ugh. Just ugh. I don’t get the starting lineup change. The 76ers telecaster said tonight that Pop inserted Bogans back into the starting lineup for more defense. OK, I can go along with that. But then what logic explains the reinsertion of Matt Bonner back into the starting line-up? Surely the best defensive option on the front line with Duncan is Antonio McDyess. So then maybe the counterargument to that…

One of the many grand traditions of the trade deadline is to not play players in games right before they are traded. That happened tonight with John Salmons, and we learned that he purportedly has been traded to the Bucks. In that light, Pop caused quite a stir tonight by not starting either Jefferson or McDyess. Many speculated (with good cause) that this could be portending a trade, despite Pop’s…

The remainder of the 2009-2010 season promises to be especially interesting for our San Antonio Spurs. With 31 games left to play, the Spurs are in the #5 spot, just four games behind #2 Denver and four games ahead of #11 Memphis. In other words, at best they might have home court advantage throughout most of the playoffs, or at worst end up being a lottery team. Based on the…

Let the games begin. The NBA Trade Deadline is just days away. The week leading up to the deadline is usually busy busy busy with a lot of noise and little else. It seems a certainty that trades will happen this year, and probably big ones at that. But I hate the lead-up. Let’s talk when the chaos is over and the dust has settled, and we can accurately assess…

Now that was a win to feel good about. For the Spurs, it had all the makings of a statement game: playing a top-tier team on the road on the Thursday night before the all-star break (the very last game before the break) on national TV. Of course, for the Nuggets, it seemed to have the opposite feel. They seemed more than willing to pack it in if they couldn’t…