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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…

I’ve been derelict in my recapping duties. You might think it’s because we suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the short-handed Lakers and pretty much signaled the death knell of the season. That’s only partly the reason. Mainly, my computer is down again with a virus that I can’t seem to get rid of. So I’ve had to call in the professionals, and they don’t get here until…

Nothing about last night’s game was surprising. I believe this is the third time we’ve beaten the Clippers handily. The Clippers aren’t a bad team, and they certainly have a lot of talented players. But they have just never been able to coalesce into a functioning unit, and we have their number. Perhaps the most interesting subplot of the night was George Hill going off for 17 points in the…

We needed this win. We’ve struggled on the road and against good teams all year, and this was a chance to reverse both trends. And we had it. Our defense suffocated them in the third quarter. We got the pace where we wanted, we were executing our offense with precision, limiting turnovers, and we were slowly taking control of the game. It felt like a game from a few years…

Tonight’s game against Sacramento marks the first game of the fabled Rodeo Road Trip. We all know what this means for the Spurs. This is when we “turn the corner” and “come together as a team” which will inevitably lead to our “second half surge”. The thing is, we have played extremely well on these trips with surprising consistency. And it has often been a harbinger of things to come….

I stayed up until 4am last night watching Roger Federer win his 4th Australian Open Title, and 16th overall major title. I love Federer. I love his grace, his stoicism, his ability to continually rise to every occasion and leave the rest of the tennis world baffled. At last year’s Australian Open, after losing a heartbreaking 5-set final to Nadal (his only true peer in the game), he broke down…