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

  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.

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 …

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

“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.

  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.

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.

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 Fan Cave Spurs 2016 Playoff Podcast Game 2.

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 …

Spurs spotlight: Leonard dazzles on both ends in Game 1 win.

It began with a swipe. Kawhi Leonard, perhaps the best pickpocket in the game, followed Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes around a screen. What should have been a simple handoff turned into a theft. Leonard thrust his giant paw between Barnes and Chris Anderson, batting it loose and picking it up in one fluid motion. Leonard jogged down the open …