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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…

Tonight’s game was quite odd. In so many ways, we played poorly. There were more careless turnovers than I care to remember, often leading to easy transition baskets for the Grizzlies (and often leading to their own ridiculous turnovers). We were unable to get a convincing stop down the stretch. Despite the nice numbers, Duncan really had a poor game, getting blocked on consecutive trips down into the low block…

The Grizzlies, that is. Allow me to explain. Before the Spurs-Hawks game the other night, I sacrificed a hawk. Ok, it was actually a pigeon. And I didn’t exactly sacrifice it; my wife ate it for lunch at a Cantonese restaurant. I made sure to hex it and hurl a few profanities its way before she ate it, though. And the result revealed something that should have been obvious all…

I watched the second half of the Suns 112-106 win over the Mavs tonight. I wanted to get a better handle on Amar’e and what he could bring to the Spurs; plus, Mavs-Suns always seems to produce entertaining basketball. It’s also about the only time I’ll end up rooting for the Suns. Three things of interest: 1. He only had one rebound for the entire game. 2. On the season,…

We beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-90 tonight. It was a well-played and (perhaps more importantly) hard-fought win for our beleaguered team. Antonio McDyess was reinserted back into the starting line-up and responded with his best overall game as a Spur. He had 17 points on 8-9 shooting. More importantly, he was active on both ends of the floor. Let’s hope this is a sign of McDyess rounding into his usually…

Another night, another soul-crushing loss. I must plead ignorance because I only watched the last 5 minutes of the game; but I feel like I saw enough in that 5 minutes, which is the same thing we saw in the last 5 minutes of the last game, and the game before that, and many times this season: we can not get defensive stops. But I saw something else in these…

Way back when, I wrote this: I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hill get a start in one of these games. A starting line-up of Duncan, Parker, Hill, Jefferson, and McDyess/Blair would be interesting. With his long arms, Hill can guard PGs all the way up to finesse PFs. Having him on the floor with Parker gives us another ball handler, and allows both to handle and play off the…

41 games in the books, 41 more to go. We’re sitting at 25-16, projecting us to 50-32. While respectable, 50 wins is below the Spurs usual expectations of excellence; and in the overcrowded and competitive Western Conference, 50 wins will most likely get you into the bottom half of the playoff bracket. Not where Champions usually come from. Clearly, we have some work to do. Let’s review, shall we… 1….

**Except maybe in the playoffs. Please God, no. Aaaaarrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! Ok. Deep breath. Let’s just get that out of the way up top. I hate playing the Jazz. Boozer always seems to have a career night against us; they are tough and physical, fouling hard and often, so that as the game wears on, the refs adjust to their physicality and stop calling them for fouls (though apparently Tim Duncan is…

I’m with Sean Elliott; I hate getting big leads early in games. It’s just a matter of time before the other team makes their run. Talent and player quality aside (that’s a big aside, I know), early leads are usually generated by a higher energy level by the winning team. When the losing team invariably raises their energy and makes their run, it is then incumbent on the team with…