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Season 50, Game 06 San Antonio 100, Utah 86 5-1 It didn’t take long for the Spurs to avenge their sole loss of the season. Playing with more energy and focus, the Spurs were able to control the game from (almost) the tip, exerting their will on both ends. The Jazz still shot it well from behind the arc, but the Spurs smothered them everywhere else. On offense, they were…

Season 50, Game 05 San Antonio 91, Utah 106 4-1 It looks like the early season schedule finally caught up with the Spurs. After playing 5 games in 8 nights, and traveling from the Bay Area to San Antonio to Miami back to San Antonio, the Spurs looked a little flat on Tuesday night. Not to take anything away from the Jazz. They played a great game, bolstered by exceptionally…

In the second installment of 3 in the Key™, Trace Ronning and Dan Strickland discuss the fifth game of the season, the Spurs 91-106 loss at home to the Utah Jazz. First, let’s get Trace’s three takeaways… Well, there was no record-setting 5-0 start to the season for this year’s San Antonio Spurs. But the way the very-talented Utah Jazz played Tuesday night, it’s hard to be too mad at…

Season 50, Game 04 San Antonio 106, Miami 99 4-0 We’ll start in what will likely become a very familiar place: “Kawhi Is Awesome and Will Destroy Your Team’s Will”. In today’s segment, Kawhi scored 16  of his 27 points in the 4th quarter, including the last 12 for the Spurs, as he almost single-handedly won the game in the final few minutes. I can’t remember the last time the…

Season 50, Game 03 San Antonio 98, New Orleans 79 3-0 Anthony Davis is a tremendous player, possibly the 3rd or 4th best player in the Association. And it might not matter, because the New Orleans franchise is a case study in mismanagement, competing agendas, and poor leadership. Their inability to field a competent and healthy team around Davis could steal the star’s prime from him. It’s bad in New…

Season 50, Game 02 San Antonio 102, Sacramento 94 2-0 Tuesday’s win against the Warriors was awesome, but it felt more like a spectacle than an NBA game. With last night’s win over Sacramento, the Spurs’ NBA regular season has officially begun. The Kings under Dave Joerger look a lot better, which is to say, they look like a competent NBA team. Their energy and overall team defense impressed me,…

We’re debuting a new column this season on SpursDynasty.com. We’re calling it “Three in the Key.” After key games, two of our analysts will outline their three key takeaways. We kick things off with Stephen Hale and Trace Ronning’s takes on the Spurs’ season opener against the Warriors. First, let’s hear from Stephen… 1. It’s just one game This argument is rubbish. The Warriors will get a huge pass on…

Season 50, Game 01 San Antonio 129, Golden State 100 1-0 Not a bad way to start the season. I was smugly confident going into Tuesday’s season opener against the Warriors. Not a single person expected the Spurs to win. The prevailing thinking was: “How close can the Spurs keep it?” The thought just kept nagging at me, though, that it would be oddly poetic for the Spurs to waltz…

He is gone, and he’s not coming back. Most of my summer has been spent grappling with that simple notion: Tim Duncan has retired, and he’s not coming back. For many of us (myself included), we don’t know a Spurs team without 21. My basketball fandom began near the tail end of the Jordan Bulls, and my Spurs fandom began shortly thereafter, in large part because of Duncan. The notion…

Today is Tim Duncan Day because the mayor of San Antonio said so. I’d like to wish you a “Happy Tim Duncan Day!” but the reality is that this first Tim Duncan Day has to be a somber Tim Duncan Day. Because Tim Duncan is gone. He actually, literally might be gone. When was the last time anyone saw him? Until you find proof that he’s still among the living,…