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Oklahoma City 111, San Antonio 105 The Spurs lost to the Thunder for the third straight time this season. The Spurs lost Kawhi Leonard to a broken shooting hand. Thus headlines a less-than-stellar night in the Spurs universe. Clearly the loss of Leonard is more critical long-term, but watching this team fall to Oklahoma City yet again is a nice little gut punch reminder of how difficult this match-up is…

Milwaukee 82, San Antonio 110 Unlike the game in Milwaukee where the Spurs jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead and never looked back, the Bucks kept this one close for about 6 minutes. At which point the bench came in, went on a 15-0 run to close the quarter, and essentially put an end to the contest. Poor Gary Neal, stuck on this Bucks team. In the broader perspective…

Portland 109, San Antonio 100 I didn’t get to watch this game, nor will I get to. The irony is not lost on me that, as a Spurs fan living in Portland, the only games I can’t watch of my beloved team in this era of internet ubiquity are against my hometown team. Blackout restrictions with NBA League Pass. So read with that knowledge at hand. Perhaps I’m glad I…

Utah 105, San Antonio 109 A new term has been bandied about in the last few years, in response to the idea of a moral victory: moral defeat. You can probably more or less guess at the nature of its meaning: when you get the ‘win’ in name only. I suppose last night’s game could fall under this category. Certainly the final 5 minutes of game time were morally deflating….

San Antonio 101, New Orleans 95 The Pelicans always play the Spurs tough. Perhaps this is why I think of them as a good team, even though their record might indicate otherwise. Coming into tonight’s game they were without 3 of their top 5 players and they still gave us everything we could manage. Based on effort, the Pelicans were the better team tonight. Luckily, talent and execution are also…

Minnesota 86, San Antonio 104 I mean, I was still more excited for the Spurs game tonight than the two football matinees. But I might have been the only one, including most players in this game. After getting torched by Kevin Love a few weeks ago in San Antonio and just holding on for a win, the Spurs did a much better job containing him tonight. Boris Diaw: Professional Elite…

Dallas 90, San Antonio 112 In the battle of two teams with an early tip coming off of a back-to-back, the home team has a decided advantage. This is the time the energy of a home crowd and the comforts of a home gym can really pay dividends. Sure, it’s great in critical playoff moments to be at home. But you win that right on these types of nights in…

San Antonio 110, Memphis 108 Or, a win is a win is a win is a win. The Spurs had a chance to put the finishing touches on this one late and ensure that all of their players stay at or below their season averages for minutes. After Mills hit a 3 to put the team up 15, the wheels slowly came off the bus. The Spurs played cautious and…

Los Angeles Clippers 92, San Antonio 116 One perfect half of basketball covers all manner of sins. And that first half was about as perfect as regular season basketball can get. A combination of the Spurs’ renewed focus after the Knicks loss and the Clippers perhaps a bit shell-shocked from losing their leader to an injury the night before and being on a back-to-back led to the perfect storm for…

New York 105, San Antonio 101 Basketball is a determinists dream. Every moment is completely dependent on the one that came before it, until these moments pile up into something resembling a game. Unlike football or baseball, there are no distinct breaks between plays, and the lay-up in transition may find its origins in a contested rebound 4 possessions prior. Often times I’ll find myself lamenting a missed lay-up, only…