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Hollinger wrote a great column sussing out how the Western Conference seeding chips may fall. I highly recommend you read it. He claims that there are two three-team tiers remaining after the Lakers and the Nuggets (who more or less have the #2 seed locked up). Tier #1 consists of the Spurs, Rockets, and Blazers. Those teams will end up 3, 4, 5 in some order. The team that secures…

I love Portland. I really do. I’ve lived here for over 7 years. It’s green and beautiful. We have the best public transportation in the country. The amount of rain we get is vastly overstated. We have this. And this. We’re home to The Decembrists and Gus Van Sant and Tonya Harding. Elliott Smith and Everclear have written songs about our town (cf., the title of this post). The first…

Tonight’s game was a must win. Not for playoff seeding or for vengeance (ok, a little bit for vengeance); but for confidence, belief, and trust. And for healing. I never thought I would be this excited for a game against the Thunder. Admittedly, I’ve only seen the first halves of each of our previous three games against the Thunder. Imagine my surprise after the last two games, coming home to…

The Spurs (and by “Spurs” I mean everyone who feels any sort of emotional investment in the organization) absorbed a massive blow today. We lost Manu Ginobili for the season. Manu is many things to us. He is a spark plug. He is pure energy. He is a magician, a creative genius on the court. He is passion. He is our closer. He is the X-factor, the one thing we…

I just heard the bad news, and honestly, I’m not surprised. Manu Ginobili will miss the remainder of the season, including the playoffs, because of a stress fracture in his right leg. Ginobili experienced stiffness in his right leg during Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. An MRI and CT scan taken on Monday revealed the stress fracture. The Spurs’ medical staff had thought five weeks of rest would allow…

The Spurs released forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu today, most likely to make room for veteran free agent forward Drew Gooden. Pops showed a lot of energy in the three games he played. And as Michael Finley reportedly told him, Pops’ time as a Spur was an “audition, not only for this team but for a lot of teams.” “I’m 6ft 9in, 245lbs,” Mensah Bonsu says. “If you look at some of…

Adrian Wojnarowski reports for Yahoo! Sports (“Gooden has chance to sign with contender“): Drew Gooden agreed to a buyout with the Sacramento Kings and the San Antonio Spurs are the favorite to sign him for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, two league executives said on Sunday night. The Spurs have wanted badly to add frontcourt help, and nearly pulled off a trade deadline deal for Los Angeles…

Thanks to Donny Maxwell for this tip.

With the NBA trade deadline less than 24 hours away, there are still rumors floating around about possible Spurs trades, either for Vince Carter or Richard Jefferson. The Sacramento Kings will reportedly send Brad Miller and John Salmons to Chicago for Drew Gooden and Andres Nocioni. Apparently the Spurs made an offer that the Maloof brothers rejected. Sources say the Dallas Mavericks offered Jerry Stackhouse for Salmons, and the San…

Sorry, my headline is intentionally misleading. I was just checking out the NBA dancers in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and was disappointed to discover that the spread doesn’t include a single Silver Spur. Don’t get me wrong, these girls are hot, but our girls are way hotter than any of these ten. Something else caught my eye and that was a Subway promotion featuring Tony Parker. See it…