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Dallas 103, San Antonio 109 Spurs lead series 3-2 Assists are often a helpful barometer for the Spurs team. Tonight the team registered 24 assists (to only 5 TOs, which is pretty incredible). More than assists, though, is just pure ball movement. When this team is at its best, it uses ball (and player) movement to break down defenses, not one-on-one play. For this, you need the eye test. Tonight…

San Antonio 93, Dallas 89 Series tied 2-2 Games late in playoff series are interesting. The teams know each other so well, know each other’s sets, tendencies, and are frankly sick and annoyed of each other. In a lot of ways, there is so much more to think about and talk about, as every little play, every different rotation, every chess move by the coaches matters exponentially. On the flip…

San Antonio 108, Dallas 109 Dallas leads series 2-1 Man, was that a hell of a game. As heartbreaking as the loss is, it’s hard to be too upset about it. It was an insanely good and well played game. It was basically a coin flip. With another possession, the Spurs probably would have won. Had Manu’s shot spun around that rim one more time, the Mavs might not have…

Dallas 113, San Antonio 92 Series tied 1-1 Somebody better let the Spurs know the playoffs have started. The Mavs certainly know. Last night’s dispiriting and embarrassing loss can be sliced a million different ways, viewed from a hundred different angles. When a team gets beat that bad, it’s usually an abundance of things. And it’s usually just one thing. Energy. Effort. Intensity. Commitment. Desire. Whatever broad word we want…

Dallas 85, San Antonio 90 San Antonio leads series 1-0 That one won’t be going in the DVR archive. The playoffs officially began for the Spurs at noon on Sunday, April 20. Unfortunately, they began at noon CST, and the Spurs didn’t start actually playing playoff basketball until noon PST. Fortunately, this didn’t prevent them from getting the win. You know the expression, “They took our best shot and still…

“We Shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” –T.S. Eliot The postseason is upon us, and this year feels like the culmination of a 4-year transformation for this team, perhaps the final permutation of the Duncan-Pop Spurs. The 2010 Playoffs ended in ignominy, swept out of the second round by…

Los Angeles Lakers 113, San Antonio 100 That was a waste of my time. It’s probably my fault for caring too much, for wanting the team to exert a little effort on defense in a meaningless game on the last night of the regular season against an insignificant opponent. The primary objective of this game was: DO. NOT. GET. HURT. You get hurt playing defense, taking charges, skying for boards…

San Antonio 98, Houston 104 Congratulations, Houston; you had to work your butts off at home with your starters in a game you really wanted to win to beat a Spurs team that literally could not care less about winning. In fact, I’m pretty sure Pop intentionally lost the game. He could have gone for the win down the stretch and opted to not call time out, not make any…

Phoenix 104, San Antonio 112 With two games to spare, the Spurs have clinched the overall top seed in the league and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. With one more win, they will tie a franchise record for wins; with two more wins, they will set that record, an impressive feat for such a long-standing team of success. In the process of beating the Suns, they have also beaten…

San Antonio 109, Dallas 100 A few thoughts about last night’s game before tonight’s game: –It occurred to me during the first half, as Manu was throwing the ball all over the court (in the bad way) and looked generally out of sorts, that Patty’s ascendence this year is the real counter to this. (Many people argue that Kawhi would be taking Manu’s spot; but Kawhi’s development is a totally…