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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…

There’s not much to say about this game. It was coming, and we all knew it. We always throw a giant stinkbomb in the middle of a win streak, just so the streak doesn’t get too long and the rest of the league doesn’t start to notice. Hell, I think Pop even sometimes tries to throw these games a bit (or at least make us play with a handicap). He…

Did I slip through some wormhole at midnight and fall back to 2005? Last night’s win was a downright throwback. All of the big 3 dominated, our role players played their roles to perfection, and our defense was fierce. And I know that The Heat are not an elite team (though over .500 for now), and they were playing the second game of a back to back, and blah blah…

I am back home in Iowa for Christmas, so I have been unable to watch the last few games. From what I’ve read, it sounds like we put together two really solid back to back performances, even if it was against middle of the road competition. I have the games saved to watch as family time calms down, so hopefully I can get some general thoughts posted in the next…

I don’t have the time nor the inkling to delve into this game. I have to finish laundry, then pack, then sleep for like 3 hours, then wake up at 3am to catch a shuttle to the airport to hop a flight into the eye of a hellacious winter storm. The extremely shorthanded Blazers, playing their fourth road game in five nights, played with more energy, more heart, and more…

Now that was a fun game to watch. No really spectacular individual games, but top to bottom, it might have been the most consistent team performance of the year. Every player seemed to have it going to some degree, and we got a showcase of the best of each player (and a strong dose of the unexpected, especially from Mason, Jr. and his attacking game and Ratliff and his remote…