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Season 49, Game 48 San Antonio 103, Cleveland 117 39-8, 2nd in the West If this week was a test for the Spurs, they just barely passed. We’re talking D+ (not a grade they like to give out [that’s for Tommy Boy fans]), and that plus is only for the 31-point win against the Rockets. But in the games that really mattered, the Spurs failed to show. Thankfully, this week…

Season 49, Game 46 San Antonio 130, Houston 99 39-7, 2nd in the West Lose a game by thirty, win a game by thirty (one). It all comes out even in the wash. Of course, no amount of beatdown to the Rockets can change what happened on Monday, but it’s nice to know that the Spurs didn’t magically lose their ability to dominate in that game, that the Warriors didn’t…

Season 49, Game 45 San Antonio 90, Golden State 120 38-7, 2nd in the West There’s the Golden State Warriors… and then there’s the rest of the NBA. There’s Steph Curry… and then there’s the rest of the league. The Warriors emphatically answered the ‘Who is the best team in the NBA?’ question on Monday night, leaving very little doubt that they are the measuring stick by which all other…

If you’ve watched much Spurs basketball this season, there are a couple things you might have noticed: They start slow. They do NOT mess around in the third quarter. Number one is probably fresh in your mind if you watched last weekend’s Spurs vs. Mavericks game, in which San Antonio was losing 16-14 to Dallas at the end of the first quarter. Yuck. Number two is probably also fresh in…

Season 49, Game 44 San Antonio 108, Los Angeles Lakers 95 38-6, 2nd in the West On a night lacking in energy–and in a game where energy alone would be enough to win–it was two “old guys” that sparked the Spurs, lifting them past the Lakers. I don’t want to live in a world where I can no longer root for Manu Ginobili in a Spurs’ uniform. Sadly, that day…

Season 49, Game 43 San Antonio 117, Phoenix 89 37-6, Second in the West That was the least fun 28-point win I can remember watching. The undermanned and under-talented Phoenix Suns stayed surprisingly close with the sleepwalking San Antonio Spurs for most of the night. It was a tight 10-point game at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Spurs outscored the Suns by 18 in the 4th, and order…

Season 49, Game 42 San Antonio 112, Dallas 83 36-6, 2nd in the West Eventually one of these slow starts is going to catch up to the Spurs. Right? A team as great as this Spurs team can’t continue to consistently put up sub-20 point first quarters, or fall into 10+ point deficits that early in the ball game. Even with a great defense that keeps them in every ball…

Season 49, Game 41 San Antonio 99, Cleveland 95 35-6, 2nd in the West Astute observers will notice that Thursday night’s thrilling win against the Cavs was the team’s 41st game, marking the halfway point of the regular season. What a way to ring in the second half of the season. It looked as if the Cavs were going to run the Spurs off the court in the first half….

Season 49, Game 40 San Antonio 109, Detroit 99 34-6, 2nd in the West It actually started in the 2nd quarter. In my notes I wrote: “TP going at RJ (Reggie Jackson), mostly for good.” Every so often you’ll see Parker get really aggressive in specific match-ups, and he’ll just go at that player on the offensive end. In the 2nd quarter, Parker got a couple good looks out of…

Season 49, Game 39 San Antonio 106, Brooklyn 79 33-6, 2nd in the West Don’t forget about #12. The way the Spurs have been playing this season–absolutely destroying teams–and the emergence of Kawhi as a bona fide capital-S Superstar, it’s easy to forget that the hope of this season way back when was hung on the biggest free agent signing in club history. Remember LaMarcus Aldridge? 4-time All-Star, 2nd team…