With the recent injury woes of the San Antonio Spurs being the current hurdle on the team’s journey for a fifth title, fans have slowly become concerned with the Spurs inability to defeat the so called “elite” teams in the NBA. People are quick to forget that the games that actually matter, in the playoffs, are determined by matchups and adjustments throughout a series, not a single game.
The San Antonio Spurs on their first back to back of the Rodeo Road Trip limped into Brooklyn with some major players on the bench. Tony Parker (back), Tim Duncan (rest) and Boris Diaw (food poisoning) were all inactive Thursday night against the Nets, but for Gregg Popovich and company, there was work to be done.
Postgame, Popovich spent some time with ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk and stated that he saw a difference in this Jason Kidd then the New Year's Eve debacle when the Nets were seen heading to the locker-room after being blown out by San Antonio, Kidd though frantically pulled every single player back onto the floor to finish up the game, even though there were just a few seconds remaining.no comments
San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli will participate in this year's NBA All-Star 3-point shootout.
In this modern era of the NBA, San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan has been crowned the best power forward ever. However, Nets' Kevin Garnett has also been named one of the best at the forward position which has stirred debate as to which is the best.
Nets' Deron Williams recently weighed in on the topic and took the diplomatic approach saying both are the best at their position of this NBA generation.no comments
Throughout NBA history there are few nicknames that completely suited the player that it was given to. There is Earvin “Magic” Johnson, his “Airness” Michael Jordan and, San Antonio Spurs own, “The Admiral” David Robinson.
Tim Duncan has entered that realm with the “Big Fundamental”.
All that Duncan does is provide you with a quiet and boring 20 points, 11.2 Rebound game.no comments
A broken nose, another possible broken nose, food poisoning, lower back tightness, and rest. These were some of the injuries and reasons the San Antonio Spurs walked in and out of Brooklyn with on Thursday, in a 103-89 loss to the Nets.
Before the game even tipped off, the Spurs would be without Tony Parker who was injured in the first half of the Spurs’ Wednesday night game against the Washington Wizards, with lower back tightness. Then, after playing 40 minutes against the Nets, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich decided to rest Tim Duncan Thursday. On top of that, Boris Diaw came down with food poisoning so he too would miss Thursday’s game.
The player’s who were left on the Spurs’ active roster weren’t all spared from the injury bug, as Nando De Colo fractured his nose in the second quarter, and needed to wear a mask in the second half. Then Matt Bonner, who was already wearing a mask, might have re-fractured his already broken nose in the second half as well.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (36-13) continue the Rodeo Road Trip (2-0) with a stop in Brookyln to face the Nets (21-25) without Tim Duncan (rest), Manu Ginobili (hamstring), Kawhi Leonard (broken left hand) and Tony Parker (back).
The Spurs are coming off a 125-118 double-overtime win versus the Wizards. Tim Duncan scored a season-best 31 points while Patty Mills added a season-high 23 points in the win.
The Nets are coming off a 108-102 win over the 76ers. Paul Pierce led the way with 25 points.
And as the Spurs look to remain undefeated on this long trek away from San Antonio, here are five things to watch for in tonight's contest:
Shaun Livingston is averaging 17.7 points on 57.1 percent shooting in his last three games.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs are an organziation that many are trying to emulate in some sort of way. The Washington Wizards are another team that are jumping on board and doing what they can to bring what the Spurs do every single year that continue to make them successful, into their organization.
What they [Spurs] do so well that have many people in awe while watching them is how every single night there can be someone else on that team that can take over a ball game, and also, how the team moves the ball so well around the perimeter. Every seems to get a touch.
Tony Parker and Tim Duncan surely will get the attention, but what has been the continued success for the team is how each and every player can come in when their number is called and make an impact.no comments
All of us remember that “Be like Mike” commercial from when a lot of us were younger.
(Please take a second to look at the Gatorade bottle to see how long we have been wanting to be like him.)
For former San Antonio Spurs player Tracy McGrady, it seems he still hasn’t gotten desire out of his system. During his youth, he was known as an excellent pitcher who could reach ninety miles per hour on the radar gun.no comments
Down 99-94 to the Wizards with 2:40 minutes left in the fourth quarter in Washington on Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs were desperately seeking points as they had only scored 12 points in the quarter up to that point. Tim Duncan (31 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals) and Patty Mills (23 points, 6 rebounds) would provide the Spurs with those points as Mills made a 3-pointer and then Duncan made a 4-foot basket with the Spurs getting stops on the other end. The Spurs tied the Wizards at 99 and with Mills given the chance to end the game with an open jumper, he missed, and overtime would be needed.
After overcoming a first half deficit of 17 points and playing the entire second half without Tony Parker, who went down with lower back tightness by halftime, the Spurs were able to build a 7-point lead in overtime. The game looked like it was sealed as the Spurs held a 4-point lead with just 8 seconds remaining, but John Wall (29 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds) had other plans as the Wizards got the stops they needed and Wall scored 4 points in those last 8 seconds, to send the game into double-overtime with both teams tied at 115.
In the second overtime, with Duncan fouling out early, it was the Spurs’ role players who helped the Spurs close out the Wizards as the team defense made up of Mills, Marco Belinelli (14 points), Danny Green (22 points, 7 rebounds), Boris Diaw, and Tiago Splitter held the Wizards to 3 points in the overtime period, while Green, Mills, and Belinelli scored the 10 points in the period, as San Antonio made the successful comeback in double-overtime to defeat the Wizards 125-118.no comments