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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…

Game 39: Memphis 92, San Antonio 86 The nice thing about NBA League Pass is that I can go back and watch games later if my schedule doesn’t allow me to do so live. Yesterday I opted to watch the NFL Playoffs live and catch the Spurs game later. The football games, however, sucked. Really just a bad day of football. I was keeping my eye on the Spurs game,…

Game 38: Charlotte 92, San Antonio 76 We were bound (and perhaps, due) for a game like this. The first half was a slow, grind-it-out affair. Neither team was shooting particularly well. We were playing loose and with no energy. We were turning the ball over with careless passing and ball-handling. We were sluggish. We were able to stay in the game with decent defense, and some good offensive board…

Game 37: San Antonio 109, Oklahoma City 108 OT The two biggest story lines coming out of last night’s game were Ginobili’s out of bounds dive to save the ball and the game and DeJuan Blair. Lots to smile about tonightPhoto by Bryan TerryWhat can you say about Blair’s game? It was stupendous. The last rookie to post a 20-20 game? One Mr. Tim Duncan. Ginobili’s play perfectly personifies why…

Let’s get the disclaimers out of the way up front: Pau Gasol did not play. Kobe Bryant left the game in the 3rd quarter with back spasms. Although he played into the third quarter, essentially he only played a half as he was a complete non-factor in the 3rd quarter, failing to even register a shot. So we played (arguably) the best team in the league without the 2 players…

The results of tonight’s game should shock no one. The Nets are not only the worst team in the league, they are flirting with historical badness. The Spurs, despite their problems beating good teams, almost never lose to poor teams. A win for the Spurs should be no surprise. Nor should the manner in which the win occurred. Coming off a tough loss on Friday to the Mavs, and with…

Tonight’s dispiriting loss to the Mavs was a game of back and forth runs. Unfortunately, they made theirs last and they made it last, outscoring us 42-23 in the dismal 4th quarter. Everything positive that we had seemingly built over 3 quarters was destroyed in a flurry of Nowitzki fade aways and back-breaking 3s from Kidd and Terry. While they heated up, we cooled down, settling for (missed) jump shots…

One of the nice things about being on vacation and only being able to watch Spurs games after the fact is that, unless I’m really disciplined, I already know the outcome of the game before I start to watch. So rather then fretting over a perilous lead, or sweating a hopeful comeback, I can watch the game unfold, and see the individual parts as pieces of a whole and marvel…