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    Nine months ago, the San Antonio Spurs watched confetti fall from the rafters at the
    American Airlines Arena after the Miami Heat held off their best efforts to secure their
    second championship in a row. Two nights before that, 19.4 seconds and one rebound
    was all that separated them from winning their fifth title in the Tim Duncan era; what
    would have been the perfect retirement gift for one of the greatest players to ever
    step foot on the NBA’s oak floors.

    The Spurs went through another 50-win season – their 14th straight – and experienced
    yet another deep playoff run, which takes a hell of a toll on the old legs of their Big
    Three. With that, they entered another grueling, shortened off-season, faced with the
    same old question: Was this the last hurrah?

    Surely after so many years of dominating the NBA, the writing was soon to be on the
    wall. Just this season we’ve seen similar scribbles with the L.A. Lakers and the Boston
    Celtics – two of the NBA’s most storied franchises. With Tim Duncan reaching a tender
    age of 37 and Manu Ginobili tiptoeing the line of relevancy, the 2013-2014 campaign
    seemed to be the start of their long-awaited demise. Tony Parker asserted his position
    as one of the league’s elite point guards, but his creativity wouldn’t suffice moving
    forward unless the front office surrounded him with fresh legs or a rejuvenated all-star.
    However, with the playoffs just around the corner and 68 games under their belt, they
    find themselves in very familiar territory: atop of the Western Conference standings
    with the best record in the Association.

    How they’ve done it remains a surprise to many. In the month of March especially, the
    Spurs have been scorching hot. Not only are they a perfect 11-0, they’ve been lighting
    up the scoreboard to the tune of 112.4 points per contest and outscoring opponents by
    an average margin of 16.1. While those numbers aren’t sustainably, Tony Parker is
    healthy, Tim Duncan is quietly chugging along and Manu Ginobili has found himself
    back in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation in wake of a horrific display in the
    finals. To add to that, after a somewhat lackluster start to the season, Kawhi Leonard
    is finally finding his feet. In the 13 games he’s appeared in since returning from a
    broken hand, he’s averaging 14.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.5
    blocks per contest – all way up from his season numbers. They also continue to get
    great contributions from the likes of Patty Mills, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli, who
    have helped the Spurs lead the way in bench scoring. Perhaps the most telling stat on
    the season is that only Tony Parker is playing more than 30 minutes per contest. 12
    players are getting 10 or more minutes of game time, which may make them the
    deepest team in the NBA. It also helps cut down the mileage for Parker, Duncan and
    Ginobili, which will be of huge importance in the post-season.

    If there’s any question mark about this current squad, it’s their success (or lack
    thereof) against the NBA’s elite teams this season. Despite trampling all over sub-
    .500 teams, they’re 24-14 against squads that have won more than 50 percent of
    their games. To make matters more concerning, the Spurs are 3-9 against the L.A.
    Clippers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat
    – teams many consider as legitimate championship contenders. To win another title,
    odds say that they’ll have to go through at least two of those teams, so their losing
    record is a little disheartening. However, many of those losses can be attributed to
    having a depleted team due mid-season injuries, resting players to ensure they’re
    healthy come playoff time or simply because they weren’t playing their best
    basketball. To add to that, they whooped the Heat at the AT&T Center by a final
    score of 111-87 on March 6th, and went to Golden State and beat the Warriors
    without Duncan and Ginobili a little over two weeks later, so maybe those early-
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    Early edition.

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    Man, I think the Spurs on the road game is my favourite for the season.

    We went into the Spurs' court, who were just one rebound away from being champs last year, and absolutely stomped on their throats and gave an exhibition of basketball.

    It's a shame that we're a million miles away from that level of play at present.
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    We are going to get obliterated. I feel sorry for everyone who has tickets.

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    Although B2B game statistics show otherwise, I really hope this team at least shows up, I dont' want to see another double digit loss :/

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    Paul George's Effective Shooting Percentage as the shot clock progresses.

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    So, has Duncan got his double double for tonight's game already? It wouldn't surprise me.

    Or, will Pop choose to rest the Big 3 so as not to make the Pacers look too bad?

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    They're gonna destroy us!
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    We are going to get obliterated. I feel sorry for everyone who has tickets.
    Honestly... What is the point of even posting this?

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    This could really be a blood bath, home crowd booing the team tied for the best record in the East off the court. I will say this, the regular season will be over soon, this much is true. They get a do over in two weeks. So as bad as it might get and yes it can get worse, I'll still hold out hope. UConn got destroyed by Louisville n the regular season, Kentucky lost 3 of their last 5, now both have a chance at the ring (fact ck please, I'm really close to correct on these two things . Just know it all starts over in 2 weeks.

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    FWIW I think the Pacers keep this reasonably close, but San Antonio outscores them at the end and wins by 12-15.

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    I want to believe we're going to come out with energy and fire tonight.

    I'll stop short of saying it will translate into enough made baskets to win, but I think we're going to get top effort tonight.

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    Cool....we get to see a Team that practices the fundamentals and plays the right way every night.

    The Pacers should take some notes tonight to see how a real team operates.
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    I want to believe we're going to come out with energy and fire tonight.

    I'll stop short of saying it will translate into enough made baskets to win, but I think we're going to get top effort tonight.

    BTW.....if they lose tonight....I don't care that this is a B2B game...much less against the Spurs. I'm tired of the whole "B2B, we're too tired" excuse.

    Here's the problem.......I can see the Team continue to go into a downward spiral and just continue to play like the way that they have been playing. Then again, I can see them playing with the same purpose that they played against the Heat......then go back to playing like garbage against the Pistons.
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    Pacers getting the W tonight, guarantee!

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    It's sink or swim time tonight. This team will either play for one another and play the right way, or they'll take another loss and continue to point fingers and whine about the refs.

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    I really miss this team playing with the fire and passion they did last year and earlier this year. When players start calling one another out you know that isn't a good sign, I just hope we can turn it around. Pacers look best on offense when Lance is driving the ball and being crazy in a good way. He is the heart of that offense imo and really can get the energy in the team going. This team really cared for one another and never really cared about stardom. Remembering how excited The whole team was when Lance dished the ball to PG with PG hitting the jumper and all of BLF and the team being happy. I see the crowd wanting that happiness but I fear the starters have grown distant with each other. PG has tried to make this his team and it is simply not working.

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    It's a home game. We will probably play the right way because we tend to do that at home. It may not be enough, though.
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    Gold jerseys tonight are a good sign.

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    How many minutes into the game are we going to see the first post in the Game Thread that will complain about trading away Kawhi for GH?

    What's the Over/Under?

    I'm guessing within the first 18 minutes of the game.
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    The first play was a good sign.
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    I'm not even watching the first half. Maybe the whole game. If the players don't care, quite frankly it's hard for me to care.

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    Gold jerseys tonight are a good sign.
    Remember a couple years ago when we all wanted to burn and urinate on the smoldering ashes of the gold jerseys?
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