The Spurs’ current chances of making the playoffs

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TLDR: they’re not what they were a couple of weeks ago. Almost exactly a month ago, I wrote a piece about the Spurs’ chance of making the playoffs, according to the number crunchers at Fivethirtyeight, I analogized the Spurs’ chances to a hiker whose group is approached by a bear. Our Spurs hiker did not need to outrun the bear, …

How the Spurs beat the Grizzlies

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Memphis put up a fight, but this is how the Spurs prevailed. The Spurs closed out a grueling series against the predictably dogged Grizzlies on Thursday night in Memphis. Advanced metrics aside for a second, you can’t tell the story of this thrilling Game 6 victory without pointing to the spectacular play of both Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker: – …

NBA playoffs: Thunder bounce Spurs; Tim Duncan’s future in doubt.

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  OKLAHOMA CITY — If the San Antonio Spurs fell off a cliff somewhere in the course of their second-round playoff series, it was because the Oklahoma City Thunder pushed them. Players age. Teams struggle. Games are lost to slumped shooting or flustered decisions. Yet Oklahoma City took a proactive role in bringing these facts of basketball life to the …

Remember The Alamo! And Remember Tim Duncan.

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While the rest of the basketball world watched with morbid curiosity, San Antonians were afraid to look. Tim Duncan’s career, for all its boring glory, may have reached its end, leaving a sadness in and around town that is difficult to explain. We ignore the possibility that it’s all over, and put on our bravest face. The homegrown Texan machismo …

San Antonio Spurs: The Price of Loyalty.

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Coaches who have proven their mettle may come back from lunch to a pink slip (hey there, Kevin McHale). Players who have given significant chunks of their careers–or even their entire career–to a team may suddenly find themselves on the trade block (hi, Anderson Varejao). In an era where chasing and acquiring The Next Best Thing (or the Second Coming …

The Spurs’ season isn’t over…yet.

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  Anybody else sleep last night? After game 4 there was a lot of talk about the end of things, eras, careers. It all gave game 5 something of an existential feel, like it was a fight for survival motivated not merely by a desire to advance but by a need for validation. The Spurs want to know that a …

The Officiating Was Fishy As The Thunder Stunned The Spurs In Game 5.

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“Your pretty stunned when Jason (Phillips, the ref) doesn’t call that when Kawhi (Leonard) tries to foul (Russell Westbrook)?” That’s what was asked of Gregg Popovich on the post-game podium, and his answer goes a long way towards explaining why we’re not going to pin too much of Game 5’s outcome on the refs, despite how obvious some missed calls …

10 things you need to know about OKC-Spurs before ‘pivotal’ Game 5.

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  An NBA series follows a format. There’s the opening Game 1, the crucial Game 2, the “pivotal” Game 3 where the series usually turns, the “must-win” Game 4 for whoever is down (either 2-1 or 3-0), followed by either “the decisive” or once again “pivotal” Game 5. In this case, Game 5 will be the latter for the Spurs …

Spurs Not Themselves In Game 4 Loss To Thunder.

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In many respects this was a topsy-turvy game with the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder switching their normal game plans. For example, whereas San Antonio’s ball movement was spotty, Oklahoma City’s half-court sets featured all kinds of weak-side action and dive cuts, as well as kick-out and drop passes. The proof of this is the discrepancy in team …

Don’t cry over Game 2’s officiating nightmare, the Spurs certainly won’t.

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If you want to wring your hands, feel free. You can cry into your cereal, post tweets or website comments of outrage, kick, yell, scream … do whatever you want in the wake of Monday night’s officiating chaos at the end of Spurs–Thunder Game 2. The uncalled offensive foul on Dion Waiters — which head referee Ken Mauer said is …

Spurs could break up OKC as they did with the Heat.

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When the Spurs won their 5th NBA championship in 2014 it broke up the Heat and sent LeBron James crawling back to Cleveland. If history repeats itself and the Spurs beat OKC in this 2nd round playoff match up. Could this force Kevin Durant out of OKC and possibly have him looking to join the Spurs this off season? That could …

Spurs braced for history and Thunder.

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SAN ANTONIO — If they needed a reminder, the Spurs could always dig deep into the NBA annals to the 1985 Finals where Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Lakers were thumped 148-114 at Boston Garden in the series opener by the Celtics. It became known as the Memorial Day Massacre. It was memorable, indeed. Mostly for the way the …

The Spurs Silence The Thunder With A Dominating Win.

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The San Antonio Spurs came out and punched OKC right on the mouth Saturday night with Kawhi setting the tone with a thunderous dunk to start the game.  This game was over by the end of the 1st quarter as the Spurs lead OKC 43-20. The offensive onslaught by Kawhi Leonard,  LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green proved too much for …

Spurs Fan Cave Spurs 2016 Playoff Podcast Game 2.

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On today’s episode of The Countdown 210 podcast we will recap the Spurs Vs Grizzlies Game 2 victory 94-68 to take 2-0 series lead.  The night started with Kawhi Leonard being presented with the DPOY award before the game. The Spurs were in total control and played great team basketball once again with a balanced scoring attack. The decimated Memphis …