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Two up, Two down. Spurs take out the Blazers on the road, as the second half of the season continues.

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In PTR’s Recap, Chris Itz recalls Blazer fans wanting to be regarded as one of the best of the West.  I guess jump shooting, no defense having teams really do come back to Earth.

Over on the Blazer’s Edge, Dave Deckard points out a change in strategy as "both teams turned over their second half offense to the guards."  Game advantage…Spurs.

Report Cards: 48 Minutes of Hell is issuing out grades and thinks Patty Mills is deserving of the Western Conference Player of the Week.  Nando de Colo, on the other hand…appears to have missed his assignment.

Working his way back from injury, Manu Ginobili is no stranger to limutes.  Coach Pop will be happy to know that Manu only logged in 1.4 miles against the Blazers.

Coincidentally, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs, noticed that Boris Diaw "touched the ball the second most on the team (63 touches)."

On the subject of stats, Patty Mills is 24 of 26 on FT attempts during the month of February.  That’s 4 more attempts than Dec/Jan. combined when he went 19-22.

24 to 2 – Dan McCarney, of Spurs Nation, points out the number of starting line-ups the Spurs have used.  The Blazers finally used their 2nd line-up of the year, after going 53 straight with no changes.

Standings – The beat up Spurs are 2 ½ games ahead of the Rockets in the Western Conference 2 spot.  1st Round home court advantage has slipped away as the Blazers are now looking at a 5th Seed.

Coach Terry Stotts - ''We tried to beat San Antonio at their game and they did it better than us''.

Coach Gregg Popovich - "Patty was spectacular again. He's a tough cover. He's a great competitor and he has helped us like that all year long."

Next Up:  The Phoenix Suns – The return of Kawhi Leonard?