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Spurs-Suns games always seem to follow a familiar narrative, regardless of the rotating cast of players. Little runs by each team to go up 6 or 7; opposing runs to level the score; odd shifts in momentum, during which either team looks like they could very easily pull away, yet never do. And always, coming down to under 5 minutes, the score is close. For years, it was always the…

ClipsNation.com: The Clippers have lost so many times to the Spurs, and usually in such embarrassing fashion, that only being down 10 entering the fourth quarter, forcing Messieurs Duncan and Parker and Ginobili to actually exert effort after 9:30 PM, is a major accomplishment. Especially considering that LA was playing with their third string point guard. Taking advantage of the ossifying-before-our-eyes Antonio McDyess, Blake Griffin flew straight to the rim…

Ho-hum. As the Clippers announcers said late in the game, sometimes a team just has another team’s number. The Spurs have the Clippers number. We’ve won 17 in a row, apparently, and have barely lost to them in the Tim Duncan era. Granted, the Clippers haven’t been all that good ever, really. But they have talent on the team, and they’re certainly better than losing 17 in a row to…

AtTheHive.com (“Hornets 99, Spurs 90: Third Quarter Dominance Leads to 3-0 Start”): The Hornets won at the AT&T Center for just the third time since 2002 with another convincing defensive performance. Chris Paul was also involved. As the offense went from abysmal to good to stellar, the defense steadily tightened. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around (when the Hornets’ offense dipped and the defense struggled to contain a…

A familiar problem to anyone who watched the Spurs last year resurfaced in tonight’s 99-90 loss to the New Orleans Hornets: the inability to play a complete 48 minutes. We played 2 sterling quarters (the first and the fourth), winning them by a combined score of 54-40. However, the middle two quarters were a completely different story, as the Hornets outscored us 59-36. Yikes. The real killer was the close…

The Spurs won their season opener at home against the Indiana Pacers 122-109 in a closer-than-the-final-score-indicated game. After playing a Nellie-ball style first half in which both teams made every shot and seemed to have little regard for that ‘D’ word, the Spurs tightened the screws just enough in the fourth quarter to pull away late and bury the inexperienced Pacers. The game showcased both how potent our offense can…

Another season is here. All is right with the world again. We get one more year of Ginobili’s brilliance, Parker’s dazzling speed, Duncan’s fundamental genius, and Pop’s acerbic wit. But for how long? Here are the things I’ll be watching for this season. One Last Rodeo? For the first time in a while it seems as if the Big 3 of Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker are all starting the season…

If you like Fantasy Basketball, I’d like to invite you to join our Spurs Dynasty Fantasy League, now in its 5th year. We’ll be having our autopick draft this Sunday night at 12am midnight PST and currently have room for up to 5 more managers. It’s free to play with a Yahoo account. You’ll need a League ID# and Password to join. If you or anyone you know is interested,…

In the backlash to the backlash over the LeBron James debacle this summer, many people are arguing that James is doing exactly what we ask athletes to do all the time, which is to take less money to pursue better competitive situations and championships. To put the team first (even if it’s not your “hometown” team) by giving them better financial flexibility to fill the roster around the superstar. On…

Which is to say…I’m very excited. I find it hard to write during the preseason because, honestly, I don’t have that much to say. I follow all of the coverage from camp and love the first glimpses of old players we haven’t seen all summer and new players hoping to make the team. Generally, though, the most exciting story lines from the preseason are about who is going to fill…