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Positives and Negatives – Game 2

What positives can you take away from a 21-point defeat on a home court advantage? As many of you would expect, it is not many. At the end of the day, the Dallas Mavericks didn’t just beat the San Antonio Spurs. As Manu Ginobili said, “They beat us in every aspect of the game,” on […]

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Carlisle not content with series split as series moves to Dallas

Today we could be talking about other things besides the Dallas Mavericks tying up the series at one game a piece.  Let’s face it, the Spurs are lucky to be where they are at, given their play the first two games of the series. They are not playing the type of basketball that earned them […]

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The Spurs And The Season Long Turnover Plague

Read the defense. Crisp passes. Constant motion. Screens and cuts for days. The San Antonio Spurs offense is nothing scientific or unworldly. And it’s nothing too new either. At least for most of these guys on the roster. But after Sunday afternoon’s miracle comeback, followed by Wednesday night’s absolute shellacking, one has to wonder – […]

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A case of underrated or underperforming?

Through two games of their first round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, it seems the San Antonio Spurs cannot solve the problems their in-state rivals are presenting them. In Game 1, Dallas surprised the Spurs by switching defenders and staying home on San Antonio’s three-point shooters. San Antonio shot 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from beyond […]

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Chess Match in play: Carlisle, Mavericks’ defense strike first

AT&T CENTER – “They’re doing a great job defensively,” said San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills Wednesday, after his team fell 113-92 to the Dallas Mavericks, “they’re showing different looks, they’re stretching us out offensively and they’re making us hold the ball and not move it like we usually do.” “They’re taking our shooters out […]

San Antonio Spurs 92, Dallas Mavericks 113: Spurs fumble Game 2

AT&T CENTER–On most nights, the San Antonio Spurs are a fine-tuned, highly sophisticated basketball machine. A whirling dervish of player movement built around a complex layer of basketball reads. In Game 2, that machine was brought to a grinding halt in the Spurs 92-113 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, evening the series at 1-1. Like […]

Before Tip-Off: Calderon’s defensive focus in Game 1, limit Spurs’ Green

AT&T CENTER – During the regular season, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green had averaged 12.3 points on 60% shooting from 3-point range against the Dallas Mavericks. Green specifically had a 22 point night in December and 15 point night in April against the Mavericks, as he shot a combined 10 of 14 from long […]

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Reflections on Gregg Popovich and the Coach of the Year Award

On Tuesday afternoon, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich accepted his third NBA Coach of the Year Award, said a few words, and likely, promptly tossed the trophy in an unlabeled box and went back to work. After all, the switch-heavy defensive schemes the Dallas Mavericks employed in Game 1 demand attention, and the […]

Knicks’ Phil Jackson: The Spurs are not a dynasty

Phil Jackson is at it again. Jackson, who is now the Knicks’ President, has never been one to shy from taking verbal jabs at the San Antonio Spurs. Ever since he’s been in the league (and especially when he was with the Lakers during the Spurs-Laker rivalry) he has called the Spurs out for having […]

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Making sense of Mavs’ decision not to start Harris

The start of the postseason is like Christmas Day.  You wait all year long for the day to come.  For all the fans across the world that cheer on the San Antonio Spurs, this was that day.  From the way their season ended a year ago, it was time for redemption.

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Spurs Game 2 Adjustments

When looking back at game one for the umpteenth time, there was a sudden realization. It was the very first game of the 2014 playoffs. Teams will have to adjust to the sudden change in the way the game gets played. Defense gets amped up a bit. The best players play more minutes. Coaches get […]

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5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Mavericks (Game 2)

The San Antonio Spurs (1-0) will look to take a commanding lead over the Dallas Mavericks (0-1) tonight in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The Spurs narrowly took Game 1 winning 90-85. The Spurs went on a 19-4 run to close the game and cruise to the win. Tim Duncan scored a game-high 27 points […]

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Project Spurs’ first annual Spurs awards

The 2013-14 regular season is over. The Spurs won 62 games. They had two winning streaks of 10+ games or more — a 19-gamer and a 11-gamer, respectively. It was remarkable and, frankly, a lot of fun to watch the season materialize organically. To commemorate the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs, I doled out several Spurs […]

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Tiago Splitter: Dirk Nowitzki didn’t look comfortable in Game 1

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki performance in Game 1 versus the San Antonio Spurs was on he would like to forget. Dirk had a terrible shooting night and finished with 11 points off 4-of-14 shooting. And though some may point at Nowitzki himself for his poor performance, Spurs’ Tiago Splitter had a huge hand in slowing down […]

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