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The schedule to come is brutality defined: Entering Friday, 12 of their next 14 games were on the road, including both the current three-game trip and the nine-game marathon affectionately known as the "Rodeo Road Trip" that so often serves as a high-point of their annual journey toward playoff contention. With usual suspects Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili already leading the way like always (they're the top three in team scoring), Popovich can only hope that this trip down memory lane with his oldies-but-goodies continues. "I'm disappointed for the team, because this is a time when we always try to make hay," Popovich said. "Historically, that 'Rodeo Road Trip,' that time before, during and after the All-Star break has always been good for us. We've got a lot of away games. It's a great time to come together and get the bunker mentality, and all that trade crap. But it works for us. So this road trip, and the one right after it, you'd like to be at full strength for that because it has been important for us getting momentum for the season. So I'm disappointed for them. USA Today Sports

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Veteran guard Manu Ginobili is perplexed that the team has thrived to such an extent because he doesn’t believe it is close to playing its best basketball. That’s a point driven home by its 1-8 record against the five best teams it has played. An amateur mathematician, the 36-year-old from Argentina said a 64-win season is not as simple as multiplying 32 times two. “I would be surprised,” said Ginobili of the prospect of a franchise record number of wins this season. “I don’t even know what the record is now. I don’t have the feeling we’re doing so well and I think of teams in the past that won 60, 62 (games). Sometimes memory plays tricks on you. Some others, the record is not a true reflection of what you are at this point. But it’s surprising that we’re at this level now.” San Antonio Express-News

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It was too early to panic, too early to acknowledge the fact they hadn’t beaten a decent team. The Spurs’ first loss to the Portland Trail Blazers: A 115-105 defeat in Portland. Then a 94-88 loss in Oklahoma City in November, followed by a 112-106 loss to the Houston Rockets; a 111-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers. “When it happens the first three times, four times, five times,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said, “then you say, ‘Okay, things happen. The schedule and…’ Now it’s eight (losses), so there has to be a tendency now.” San Antonio Express-News

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Ginobili finished with nine points on 3 of 12 shooting, but won the game on a squirming layup late in OT. The 36-year-old guard — who missed 22 games last season with various muscular injuries — said he was unsure if he’d be able to play Wednesday against Dallas. Ginobili indicated he might consider sitting out as a precaution against further injury, but otherwise appeared unconcerned. “I don’t care about missing one game,” Ginobili said. “I don’t want to push it and miss a month.” San Antonio Express-News

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Brian Windhorst and Tom Haberstroh of ESPN compiled an oral history of the final 28 seconds of Game 6, which Manu Ginobili described as “bad, very bad.” The Heat won the game in overtime, and won the series two days later. Via ESPN (Insider): Bosh: You can’t put it into words. He’s the best three-point shooter of all time. And the fact that he was open is just unbelievable. In my head, I told myself to wait for Ray to get back, but I know it still happened pretty fast. Allen: Once I got my legs there, I just let the ball go. James: I saw it in the air, and I was like, “It’s going in. It’s got a chance.” Dwyane Wade: When he shot it, I was looking at the ball and I said, “Oh my god … that’s going in.” It was kind of like I couldn’t believe it in a sense. But also, Oh my god … it’s going in. For The Win

Spoelstra: Ray did what he’s done for so many years. Ginobili: Bad, very bad. Parker: We all have scars in our careers. That one is pretty deep. Duncan: It was painful. Popovich: I’ve thought about it every day. I’m anxious for it to go away. It hasn’t happened yet. For The Win

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