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"The Good, the Bad and the Thankful"

The Good

The Spurs record win their third straight to improve to 7-6 tonight against a depleted Golden State Warrior squad that ran out of gas in the fourth quarter after only only playing 6 players and winning the night before against the Dallas Mavericks. Tonight, they played 9 players but they had no answer for Tim Duncan who recorded a solid double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Tony Parker ran all over their guards and put a season high 32 points. Rookie Dajuan Blair and George Hill had flashes of brilliance but some poor play down the stretch killed an almost 20 plus lead.

The Bad

Monta Ellis poured a ridiculous 42 points to lead the game and had 28 points by half time! Again, these Spurs allowed an opponent to score over 100 at nearly 47% shooting. The defense was sporadic and if it weren't for 16 turnovers by the Warriors this game might of been closer. The reserves blew a 20 plus lead and with 3 minutes and change drug out starters Duncan and Parker off the bench to preserve the win! This is exactly what kills me about these role players. They couldn't stop a team coming from a back to back, limping and with a limited lineup and allowed 14 straight points to go unchecked and gave the Warriors a chance to steal this game. It is purely unacceptable and in no way shows the resolve a new group of role players coming together. Next week's big match up against Boston and Denver will test the players more than the Golden State did tonight. 14 turnovers, sloppy defense and 5-18 from the 3 point stripe also is very telling.

The Thankful

I'm thankful for Tony Parker season high 32 points, Duncan's strong series of games and nice little game by Roger Mason chipping in 17 points. One of thing I am also thankful for is the possible appearance of Manu Ginobili by Sunday against the Philadelphia 76'ers, which means that we will possibly have the lineup at full strength facing those key matchups next week. Those are signs that we are turning the corner a little being 1 game over .500 and the most blessing of all is that this challenge ahead is with the Spurs still at home. The road well, that's a different story for now.

By Rey Andrade-Garza

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