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Season 49, Game 31 San Antonio 84, Houston 88 25-6, 2nd in the West When the San Antonio Spurs left town for their game against the Houston Rockets, perhaps Coach Popovich replaced their milk & cookies with Big Red & barbacoa, because the game played out as if Santa had put a lump of coal in each of their stockings. The team dragged their feet for most of the game,…

Season 49, Game 30 San Antonio 108, Minnesota 83 25-5, 2nd in the West We learned a few valuable lessons in this game: • Kawhi Leonard, despite popular opinion, is a human being. Or, at least more human than machine. He can have a poor game, drift a bit on both ends of the floor, press on offense, and generally be below average (for him). And accounting for all of…

Season 49, Game 29 San Antonio 106, Indiana 92 24-5, 2nd in the West Another night, another elite foe vanquished by Kawhi Leonard. I was very interested in this match-up for Kawhi, because Paul George is probably the closest analog to Leonard. They play the same position; they are both noted for their stellar two-way play; they both come from obscure beginnings, working tirelessly to make themselves into superstars. In…

Manu Ginobili tries to drive past Dwight Howard on Christmas Day 2013 The Spurs are playing Christmas Day again this year and we should be excited. The Spurs are being featured on national television, playing a weird team Rockets team that they should definitely beat, and they get to wear some pretty sweet jerseys while they do it (they’re Uni-Watch approved!). Unfortunately, we can’t start celebrating just yet, because San…

Season 49, Game 28 San Antonio 114, Los Angeles Clippers 107 23-5, 2nd in the West This is why we brought LaMarcus Aldridge to San Antonio. Last year’s season-ending series against the Clippers was, above all else, agonizing. It was hard fought, well played, and exhilarating basketball. But for Spurs fans, it was agonizing. Not just the losing, and not just the manner of losing, but what the losing might…

His coaches and teammates call him Bobi. Some fans call him ‘The Bobinator’. All in the basketball world know that the 7-foot 3-inch, 290-pound Goliath from Serbia is a wonder to watch. ‘Boban Mania’ is upon us and, much like his dunk, there is little anyone can do to stop it. I can remember the first time I witnessed his large frame entering a preseason game at the AT&T Center…

They might not be in first place in the West or on the top of anyone’s power rankings, but there’s one thing the San Antonio Spurs are surely the best at: flying under-the-radar. By design, and by virtue of Golden State having the most dominant start to an NBA season in the history of the association, the Spurs have drawn very little attention to their pretty good 22-5 start. How…

Season 49, Game 27 San Antonio 114, Washington 95 22-5, 2nd in the West The Wizards were owed one, and the Spurs weren’t going to let them off. The Wizards beat the Spurs way back before we knew how great this Spurs team was. Now, weeks later, this new dominant Spurs squad had every motivation to lay into the struggling Wizards. Except that’s not how the Spurs are wired. They…

There are only 9 days left until Christmas, so if you’ve been procrastinating, today is the day to get on it. I’m going to make this easy for you. The Spurs fans on your list don’t want another tie (do people still wear ties?) or a vest they’ll never wear (Thanks, Grandma). They want Spurs schwag. Our picks are below. (Btw, if you click on these images, you’ll be taken…

Here’s the deal, guys. The Spurs are really good. I know that sounds basic, but I am not sure it needs to be any more in depth. If you are anything like me, you watch the Spurs and complain about Danny Green, you curse LaMarcus Aldridge for not making EVERYTHING, and you roll your eyes when Boris actually does miss a reverse layup. In short, we demand perfection. The Silly…