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When I reviewed the basic box score for the February 21st game at Phoenix, something “Spursy” jumped out at me. It wasn’t the number of assists (23) or points by the bench (55). Despite being well known for dominating these categories, I feel these no longer differentiate the Spurs from the rest of league. While casual fans look at how much a player scores (particularly when it’s 30 or higher),…

Season 49, Game 56 San Antonio 118, Phoenix 111 47-9, 2nd in the West You know it. I know it. Gregg Popovich knows it. The Spurs are playing really bad defense right now. Sometimes these games happen, and you find yourself in a dogfight with a team you should beat handily. Hell, sometimes they even happen in back-to-back games. When those games happen, though, it’s usually hot scoring from an…

Season 49, Game 55 San Antonio 119, Los Angeles Lakers 113 46-9, 2nd in the West Kobe vs. Duncan. Duncan vs. Kobe. Their last game as opponents. It’s easy; it writes itself. I’m not very interested in that narrative. They are two undeniably great talents. Kobe is probably the most influential player of his generation, and perhaps its greatest individual talent. But there’s no contest: Duncan is the greatest basketball…

Season 49, Game 54 San Antonio 86, Los Angeles Clippers 105 45-9, 2nd in the West Look, I get it. The first day back at work from a long vacation is really tough. You feel out of rhythm, overwhelmed with all the work waiting for you. Your mind is still stuck back in vacation, and all you can do is think: “what if I never had to work again in…

There was an odd rumor going around before today’s trade deadline that Danny Green was being shopped as trade bait for Atlanta’s Al Horford. (I knew that rumor was bullshit. Had you even heard of Morning News USA before February 15?) Danny Green ain’t going anywhere. Green is as Spur as they come. He took a very friendly 4 year, $40 million deal to stick with the team that first…

Remember last month when I tried to predict the future, and San Antonio won 11 of the 13 games they played in January? I think I predicted they’d win 12, but I also didn’t predict they would lose Tim Duncan halfway through the month. Maybe I should have seen it coming, or maybe Duncan’s knees should have been more sympathetic to my whimsy. In any case, predicting the future was…

Season 48, Game 53 San Antonio 98, Orlando 96 45-8, 2nd in the West A question was posed on Twitter by a SpursDynasty staffer: Torn about last night's #Spurs win. Good that they came back from 14 down to win at the buzzer, or bad that they trailed 14 to Orlando? — BLUE GENE (@thehalestone) February 11, 2016 Excellent question, Stephen. For me, the answer is pretty simple: great win for…

Season 49, Game 52 San Antonio 119, Miami 101 44-8, 2nd in the West After yet another sluggish 1st quarter, the Spurs got scrappy and did to the Heat what many teams have been doing to them as of late: outmuscled and out-hustled them. Despite shooting a blistering 57%, the Heat lost control of the game midway through the 2nd quarter, and the Spurs seized control for good on an…

Season 49, Game 51 San Antonio 106, Los Angeles Lakers 102 43-8, 2nd in the West Sometimes going through the motions is just good enough. Against most NBA teams, the Spurs would have lost Saturday night playing with the energy and focus that they did. Thankfully, the Lakers just don’t have enough to beat a team like the Spurs, and Kobe had no more miracles in his final appearance in…

Season 49, Game 50 San Antonio 116, Dallas 90 42-8, 2nd in the West Beating the Mavs has lost a bit of its luster. After nearly a decade of the Mavs-Spurs secretly being the best rivalry in the NBA, the thrill is mostly gone. I still get a kick out of beating them, but I am unable to summon the “sports hate” I once had for them. I’ve always enjoyed…