Written on:May 19, 2017
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Everyday People – Kawhi Leonard still drives a beat up 1997 Chevy Tahoe that he’s had since high school. Last year, the season after signing a $94,343,126 five-year contract, the All-NBA small forward was asked why he keeps a beater that he once nicknamed Gas Guzzler. His response? “It runs and it’s paid off.” I think it’s safe to say the San Antonio Spurs’ newest franchise cornerstone is as down to earth as our last one. Put another way, he’s an Everyday People superstar. Until disaster struck last Sunday, Kawhi was forcefully (albeit quietly) going about establishing himself as the best basketball player in the world. It’s hard to argue against anointing him the 2017 NBA Playoff MVP. While LeBron James (basketball’s greatest active player) has been putting up similar and arguably better numbers than The Klaw during the 2017 playoffs, Kawhi has been getting his numbers against unquestionably stiffer competition than King James (and in roughly seven fewer minutes per game). As I wrote in Cinco Derrotas, there has been no clearer evidence of Kawhi’s ascension to the top of his craft than the way he was utterly dominating the Golden State Warriors’ four All-Stars during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals before succumbing to injury in the third quarter. With Kawhi in this series, the Spurs have outscored Dub City 78-55 (+23). Without him, including Tuesday night’s 136-100 Game 2 drubbing, we’ve been outscored by the Warriors 194-133 (-61). I think it’s safe to say that the little Everyday People basketball proletariat that resides in South Texas would be well-served to have our quiet, humble leader back in order to defend our historic River Walk against the gentrification of Silicon Valley’s Golden State basketball bourgeoisie in Game 3 on Saturday night. 🙏

The player of the game (for the Game 2 massacre) was Jonathon Simmons. Sadly, Juice was the only Spurs starter that brought the proper energy and intensity necessary to compete on Tuesday night. When you’re Everyday People enough to have had to pay a $150 registration fee for a D-League tryout in 2013 (and cashed that opportunity in to the tune of making yourself into a starting small forward in the Western Conference Finals four years later), the proof is in the pudding. You have only one mode: hungry. In an admirable performance filling in for Kawhi, Jonathon put up 22 points (8-18 from the field, 4-5 from deep), three rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes of work. Unfortunately, Juice didn’t get much help from the three former champions (Gasol, Green, Mills) or the five-time All-Star (Aldridge) that joined him in the lineup. As the defacto first option, LaMarcus was particularly disappointing. He finished the contest with only eight points (4-11 from the field) and four rebounds in 27 timid minutes. Immediately after Steph Curry drained a 27 foot three pointer to double up the Spurs 20-10, Coach Pop pulled LA for David Lee having seen no signs of life from his featured scorer in the opening frame. Having the very same player who, five days earlier, had delivered a massive game to close out the Rockets look utterly flustered by the Warriors defensive schemes on Tuesday was too big an issue for the wounded Spurs to overcome. The writing was on the wall. In other words, eight minutes into the game…you could already see the white flag sticking out of Pop’s pocket.

With the second half devolving quickly into an extended garbage time free-for-all, our other noticeable bright spot was the play of Davis Bertans in the latter stages of the game. Once a throw in the infamous Kawhi Leonard for George Hill draft day trade in 2011, the Latvian rookie (who’s previous worldly Everyday People basketball stops include Riga, Union Olimpija, Partizan Belgrade, and Laboral Kutxa Baskonia) shot a perfect 4-4 from the field (3-3 behind the arc) to collect his 13 points in 17 minutes. He collected four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block for good measure. I don’t have much else to say about Game 2 except that the result was not surprising. There is a high risk for this type of result – a blowout loss – in the game immediately following a heartbreaking playoff defeat. Considering that we coughed up a 25 point lead in the preceding game to find ourselves in a 0-1 hole and came into Tuesday’s game knowing we would be going to battle without the best player in the world (not to mention our starting point guard, Tony Parker, as well), in the end it was fool’s gold to think Game 2 could be got. Whatever, let it be. Thankfully by the time Game 3 tips tomorrow evening, we will have had four days to regroup and get ready to defend our house and the dignity of Everyday People against the excesses of the Gluttony of More Warriors. I still believe that the #BlackAndSilver are going to win this series if we get Kawhi back healthy. If we don’t get Kawhi back, clearly it’s going to take a few breaks going our way for once in order to win the series but I’ll keep hope alive no matter what the circumstances. (By the way, I believe we’re winning Game 3 whether Kawhi plays or not.) Despite all of the odds that feel stacked against us (just one short week after feeling invincible upon closing out the Rockets), I know one thing. We have more championship heart on our side than the Warriors do on theirs. That can go a very long way to offset a deficiency of talent. Anyone who can turn down the noise coming from the “experts” long enough to understand this also understands the series is far from over. San Antonio does not go down without a fight. Period.

I also can’t help but assume that the Basketball Gods aren’t through weighing in on this series. As I was watching Golden State’s All-Star quartet obnoxiously celebrate on Tuesday night each time they mercilessly battered our wounded heroes with another backdoor cut for a layup or long-range bomb, I couldn’t help but wonder, what is the freaking point of this exercise? Nobody gains anything from it. If Kevin Durant wins an NBA Finals with this Warriors squad, in the minds of many including me, he’s still not a champion. Champions don’t take the path of least resistance to win their first title. Champions pick themselves back up when they’ve been knocked down and persevere. What Kevin Durant did last summer is the basketball equivalent of joining forces with the Russians to get elected president. On the other side of the equation, if the Warriors win another NBA Finals now…they’re no longer the homegrown group of underdogs that developed into champions together only to set their designs on becoming a dynasty. They’re now just a one-time champion that needed to add Kevin Durant in order to make it back to the top. As a basketball historian and purist, I find the whole thing an exercise in futility. If you value the right things like handwork and integrity, the marriage between Durant and Dub City is a no-win. Of course, you may not be surprised to learn that they have different values over there in Silicon Valley. They value things like instant gratification and flashy new toys. You know, the types of things us Everyday People can’t afford to value. Perhaps, in the end, we will discover that the Kawhi Leonard injury was not a curse but actually a gift from the Basketball Gods to further build up our championship pedigree – to further refine our ability to pick ourselves back up and persevere. Perhaps, in the end, the Basketball Gods will also deliver us the greatest gift an organized proletariat can receive: the gift of an overconfident and entitled opponent. The Golden State Warriors haven’t faced one-twentieth of the adversity that the San Antonio Spurs have faced in the 2017 playoffs. As a consequence, we are much better prepared than they for the champion-making trials and tribulations still to come in this series. On Tuesday, we got knocked down once again. Tomorrow, we carry on.

#GoSpursGo


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Written on:April 25, 2014

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Written on:April 23, 2014

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Six Up

Written on:July 27, 2013

Shake It Out – Intellectually, I understand the merits of the worldview that argues that it is irrational for me, as a spectator, to get emotionally invested in the outcome of a sporting event when it does not have a direct impact on my own life. I understand the rationale behind treating sports as escapism, as a distraction from the rigors of everyday life, and to enjoy the injunction from…

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Five Up

Written on:June 19, 2013

One More Time – Potentially seconds away from the roof being blown off the building, and with the AT&T Center the loudest I have ever heard it in all of the countless visits that I have made inside the arena that Tim Duncan built, 18,000 people were simultaneously stricken with the same nightmare. What was setting up to be one of the most special places to be in America late…

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Fifteen Down

Written on:June 17, 2013

Come Together – Sometimes, when a photogenically challenged former Weight Watchers spokes model whispers softly into the vast open spaces of an empty arena, the fleeting sounds still travel far enough to awaken a sleeping giant. Manu Ginobili erupted out of hibernation last night to add another chapter to one of the most Paul Bunyanesque folklore inspiring legends of a sports career that our generation has ever seen, earning player…

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Four Up

Written on:June 15, 2013

Not Afraid – The San Antonio Spurs lead the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals 382-377 (cumulative scoring). Win by 36 or win by 16, San Antonio and Miami are now tied at two victories a piece and in case you haven’t noticed…it is really, really, really close. On Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs spoiled a growing hope in the city to celebrate a championship by winning this…

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Fourteen Down

Written on:June 12, 2013

Party Like It’s 1999 – What if I were to tell you that a thunder storm and a high school graduation ceremony caused one of the greatest shooting performances in NBA Finals history? If you would like to know how, you have a choice to make. [Note: I have just held out a blue pill in one of my hands and a red pill in the other] If you take…

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Three Up

Written on:June 10, 2013

All of the Lights – Shane Battier put a three up from 25 feet out with 18 seconds left in the game (5 seconds left on the shot clock) and with the Miami Heat ahead of the San Antonio Spurs by 18 points. Battier would probably say, if asked, that his motivation was simply to try to put up one more attempt to see if he could get himself out…

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Thirteen Down

Written on:June 8, 2013

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Welcome to the circus. The White Stripes blared through the PA system while nearly 20,000 hysterical Miami fans chanted in unison as the Birdman led a contingent of the Heat players in some sort of strange ritualistic hybrid bounce-dance number with periodic fire flames flaring behind them. This Miami pregame introduction was reminiscent of the obnoxiously premature pep rally held by the Heat upon the…

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Twelve Down

Written on:May 29, 2013

Same As It Ever Was – Patience is a critical attribute for people of faith. Without the fortitude to believe with steadfast patience, people are likely to lose faith sooner or later. A prolonged void from seeing hope manifested with one’s own two eyes does not bode well for keeping faith over the convenience of instant gratification, especially in today’s culture of lighting fast information and perpetual distraction. Without patience,…

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Eleven Down

Written on:May 26, 2013

Hustle & Flow – For the second game in a row, the San Antonio Spurs went to overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies and for the second game in a row, Tim Duncan came through in the clutch. The Spurs defeated the Grizzlies 104 to 93 last night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The 93 points put up by Memphis is the most that the Spurs…

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Ten Down

Written on:May 24, 2013

Once It Hits Your Lips – And the Tony goes to…Tony Allen hit the floor, holding his head, writhing in pain. If you had missed the play and you had just seen the aftermath you would have thought that Manu Ginobili had grabbed Allen out of mid air, body slammed him to the ground, bent down and karate chopped him in the head, and then spit in his face for…

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Nine Down

Written on:May 20, 2013

Coming Home – The San Antonio Spurs defense continued to impress yesterday afternoon as they held their opponent to under 92 points and 47 percent shooting for the third straight playoff game defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 105 to 83 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs most dominating performance of the playoffs (thus far) came at an opportune time given that this opponent had parlayed a Game…

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Eight Down

Written on:May 18, 2013

Back to Black – The San Antonio Spurs are heading back to the Western Conference Finals for the eighth time during the Tim Duncan era after eliminating the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals on Thursday night. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94 to 82 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California to win a hard fought series and squelch the infectious hopes of a nation…

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Seven Down

Written on:May 15, 2013

The Show Goes On – Last night, for the first time in this hard fought second round series with Golden State, San Antonio played Spurs basketball consistently for 48 minutes en route to a 109 to 91 blowout victory over the Warriors. Mark Jackson’s self-proclaimed “greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history” was completely locked up by Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson managed a combined 13…

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Two Up

Written on:May 13, 2013

Us Against the World – After going up against 19,596 fans, 5 players, and apparently 3 referees, the world was definitely against the #BlackAndSilver yesterday afternoon in Oracle Arena as the Spurs fell in overtime to the Warriors 97 to 87. San Antonio, up 8 points with 4 minutes to play, blew a golden opportunity to put a stranglehold on this series. On the verge of going up 3 games…

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Six Down

Written on:May 12, 2013

Going (going) back (back) to Cail – The San Antonio Spurs are often referred to as the Silver and Black. When I decided to start a Spurs blog as a subsidiary of theLeftAhead, one of the reasons for landing on the name Black & Silver was that throughout their dynastic era, the Spurs have proven time in and time out that they can go into the most hostile of situations…

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One Up

Written on:May 9, 2013

Kawhi’s Quest to Curry Favor as the Second Coming of Bruce Bowen (A Novel) – Kawhi Leonard’s ability to defend Stephen Curry will be a key factor in whether or not the Spurs will prevail in this series. Last night, in chapter two of this saga, Kawhi did an admirable job limiting Curry to 22 points on 7-20 shooting. I can only recall a couple of times that Curry scored…

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Five Down

Written on:May 7, 2013

Warriors, come out to play (e-ay) – Well, they sure did. Stephen Curry lived up to the hype, torching the Spurs for 44 points and 11 assists last night. Curry broke a close game wide open in the third quarter by going absolutely bonkers. He had 22 points in the period, compiling that insane total by hitting ridiculous shot after ridiculous shot. It didn’t matter who we threw at him…

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Four Down

Written on:April 29, 2013

Lights Out, Guerrilla Radio – It was two minutes into the third quarter when Dwight Howard, well, went all Dwight Howard and got himself ejected from Game 4 of the Los Angeles Lakers first round series with the San Antonio Spurs last night, effectively ending one of the worst experiments of throwing team chemistry out the window to chase the allure of superstar talent melding in NBA history. After Howard’s…

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Three Down

Written on:April 27, 2013

The Battle Of Los Angeles – Last night, the LA Lakers waved the white flag of surrender rather than making a stand against the San Antonio Spurs in their home city. The #BlackAndSilver manhandled them 120 to 89, dealing the historic franchise their worst home defeat in playoff history. While the writing has been on the wall for some time regarding this disastrous season for the Lakers, keep in mind…

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Two Down

Written on:April 25, 2013

Last night the #BlackAndSilver held strong on their home court defeating the LA Lakers again 102 to 91. Even though the Lakers injury problems just seem to keep getting worse, we shouldn’t feel sorry for them (they have had more than their fair share of good luck over the years) nor should be write them off; they’re still dangerous. Game 2 was a much more focused, dominant performance with several…

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One Down

Written on:April 21, 2013

In a thrilling addition to an already amazing first weekend of Fiesta, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers this afternoon 91 to 79 at the AT&T Center. There is no place quite like San Antonio for this time of year. Can’t nobody check the city right now. ¡Viva la fiesta! …from the top of the world.                 #BlackAndSilver #GoSpursGo

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That Good Ole, Dreadful Feeling

Written on:June 1, 2012

You had almost forgotten how a day like today feels. The nervousness. The doubt. The utterly terrible nagging that permeates deep in your gut from the moment that you wake up. Upon noticing it while yawning after your alarm goes off, you already know that it won’t subside at any point during the day. Sure, you rise out of bed, grab a cup of water and three Advil to dust…

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The Hack-A-Shaq Debate

Written on:May 20, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, with three minutes and 14 seconds left in Game 3 of the second round playoff series between the LA Clippers and San Antonio, the Spurs were protecting a 13 point advantage when Spurs Coach, Gregg Popovich, decided to implement the Hack-A-Shaq defensive strategy on Clipper forward, Reggie Evans. The Spurs proceeded to intentionally foul Evans, who is a notoriously poor free throw shooter, in hopes of stifling the…

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BIG

Written on:May 16, 2012

BIG [San Antonio Spurs Playoff Promo]   “It’s the quiet guys you should fear, because words are small and game is BIG.”     Source: Antonio Medrano III on YouTube

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Rhime Divine – Hate Us Now [Spurs Remix]

Written on:May 7, 2012

    Rhime Divine – Hate Us Now [Spurs Remix] Intro: Ted James They said the Lakers wanted to match wits (aight, aight) They said we couldn’t beat the champions (say what?) You can shove that up your asterisks (gone fishing) Because we just did them something tragic (yeah, ye-yeah) Chorus: D-Wattz You can hate us now But we can’t stop now You can hate SA-Town You can hate us…

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Faith in a Resurrection

Written on:May 2, 2012

WRITER’S NOTE: To inaugurate the launch of Black & Silver: theSanAntonioSpurs blog presented by theLeftAhead, I am posting an article that I wrote during the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs when the Spurs were trailing the Memphis Grizzlies 3 games to 1. Luckily, this year the Spurs are off to a better start! They are leading the Utah Jazz 1 game to 0 after defeating them in the…

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Message to Spurs Sports & Entertainment L.L.C. Chairman Peter Holt

Written on:March 7, 2012

Mr. Holt: I am a life-long supporter of the San Antonio Spurs and have been a frequent attender of Spurs games at each the AT&T Center, the Alamodome, and Hemisfair Arena. One way or another, I try desperately to never miss a game. I have been in attendance at many wonderful moments in Spurs history, but I experience the vast majority of the team’s games through the organization’s media outlets…

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Spurs Deal George Hill to the Pacers

Written on:June 24, 2011

The San Antonio Spurs have tradeed 6th man George Hill to the Indiana Pacers for the draft rights to 6-7 San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard, 6-10 Latvian forward Davis Bertans, and 2005 second round pick Erazem Lorbek, a 6-10 center playing in Spain.  Leonard the cornerstone of the Spurs end of the deal is an athletic, tough-minded small forward who can play lockdown defense and rebound.  Perimeter defense and rebounding were both…

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Tim Duncan Is Still Setting the Bar

Written on:June 8, 2011

Tim Duncan IS Still Setting the Bar Evaluating the Greatest NBA Players in the Post-Jordan Era With the news last week of Shaquille O’Neal’s retirement from the Boston Celtics and in the mist of an entertaining NBA Finals, I thought this would be an appropriate time to open up a debate here at theLeftAhead.com about the best NBA player in the post-Michael Jordan era. I don’t mean since 2003, when…

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