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Spurs to surge or purge on road trip?

PER Diem: Feb. 1, 2010

Updated: February 1, 2010, 5:55 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
SpursD. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe struggling Spurs will look to regroup on their annual "Rodeo Road Trip," which starts Tuesday.

SAN ANTONIO -- I'm told it's been an unusually cold winter in south Texas, and certainly it was for my visit this weekend. In a roundabout way, that's probably a good place to start when we're talking about the Spurs.

Residents of more northern climes chortle at the notion of calling this a "cold snap," but it seems very real to the locals -- something easily proved by strolling a nearly barren Riverwalk and seeing locals dressed as if they were on a Siberian dogsledding trek because the mercury threatened to dip below 40.

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