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What we learned from the Spurs regular-season ending loss to the Mavericks

In the world of sports (as in life) there are an awful lot of ways to learn nothing. There are just too many players, games, and seasons to account for, in one combination or another, to really claim a definitive degree of knowledge regarding any one contest. Teams have off nights. Teams can play exceedingly well and still lose. Teams that shouldn’t lose, can end up losing more than expected because of internal issues that no one outside is privy to. And teams can win in spite of inferior talent. And so on, and on.

What we witnessed last night against the Mavericks, was none of those things.