It is that time of year again as the San Antonio Spurs prepare for their annual Rodeo Road Trip. Every February the Spurs are forced out of the comfy confines of the AT&T Center, due to the San Antonio Rodeo. This is the time of year that San Antonio is looking towards the playoffs and gaining ground in their conference. The team this year will be faced with some adversity as they have been recently hit with the injury bug to three of their five starters.
Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green are still injured. Gregg Popovich told USA Today's Sam Amick that he is disappointed for them and that the team will not be at full strength.no comments
AT&T CENTER - Coming into Wednesday’s matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls, the Bulls were 10-4 in the New Year and were holding teams to 93.1 points per game during that stretch. The Spurs on the other hand, started a shooting guard who has made trips to Austin and back (Nando De Colo), and they also started a player who is on a 10-day contract (Othyus Jeffers.)
“With a lot of guys out, our consistency just isn’t there,” said Spurs forward Tim Duncan (17 points, 12 rebounds) of his team’s 96-86 loss to the Bulls after 48 minutes of play. “We can’t sustain during periods of time when we need to,” continued Duncan. On a night when the Spurs turned the ball over 19 times due to many different lineups that weren’t accustomed to playing together, it was a specific third quarter run by the Bulls that helped Chicago take command of the game.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (33-12) will look to snap their first losing streak of the season as they host the Chicago Bulls (22-22) tonight at the AT&T Center. San Antonio will still be without Tiago Splitter, Kawhi Leonard, and Danny Green due to injuries.
The Spurs are coming off a 90-97 loss to the Rockets. Boris Diaw finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Spurs, while Tim Duncan chipped in with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bulls are coming off a 86-95 loss to Minnesota. Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
And as the Spurs look to get back on the winning track, here are five things to watch for in tonight's matchup:
The Bulls are scoring only 92.8 points per game - second-worst in the league.no comments
San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw wants to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Diaw confirmed his interest on Twitter (albeit in French).
Diaw, 31, has been one of the pleasant surprises of the Spurs' season. In fact, I would go as far as to proclaim him the Spurs' fourth best player -- behind Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan.no comments
The moment: With 6:09 left in the third quarter, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili had just touched down on the floor after a powerful one-handed dunk over Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets. At that time, Ginobili had just tied the Spurs with the Rockets at 56 points, and Ginobili was responsible for eight straight Spurs points as he had scored six points and assisted to Patty Mills for a layup.
Upon running back on the floor to get back on defense, Ginobili stopped, put two hands over his head and immediately grimaced into pain. He even tried to go to the scorer’s table hoping play would stop, but no one on his team had any idea he was hurt. The Spurs would play a few possessions before Ginobili was pulled with 4:59 left in third, and he immediately went limping to the locker room. The initial injury evaluation was a tight left hamstring and Ginobili would not return to the game. After the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told the media it was the same injury that sidelined Ginobili for two games recently and that an MRI would be conducted on Wednesday.
With the Spurs already missing three injured players and adding Ginobili to the group, they would battle to the final minutes with the Rockets, who were also missing James Harden due to injury, but in the end, Dwight Howard, Jeremy Lin and the Rockets would hold on for the 97-90 win with five critical offensive rebounds coming in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.no comments
For most teams, poor showings against other title contenders would be a reason to raise the red flag for both the organization and the head coach.
When you have a fifteen year streak of reaching the playoffs, as Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs do, you are able to take a few liberties that are not afforded to others.
As was shown by Sunday’s game versus the Miami Heat, Popovich is more than willing to concede a regular season game that has gotten out of hand in order to ensure that “the Big Three” of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Duncan are rested for the post season.no comments
Update: Belinelli confirmed he will participate in the NBA's All-Star 3-point shoout.
He told La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sportando, "I am happy because it is very important to me, my fans and Italy. It is going to be a step forward in my career. I go to New Orleans to win."
This is Belinelli's first 3-point shootout. He is the second Italian to participate -- Danilo Gallinari is the other.
San Antonio Spurs' Marco Belinelli leads the NBA in 3-point percentage -- he's made 70 of 145 3-pointers (48.3 percent), and only 40 of his attempts are from the corners, the most efficient spot to take a 3-pointer.
It's almost as if Belinelli's efficiency rises the farther he's away from the basket.
The NBA will likely award Belinelli's sharp shooting with a spot in the All-Star 3-point shootout according to Eric Pincus. Stephen Curry, Kevin Love, Kyle Korver and defending champion Kyrie Irving are reportedly joining Belinelli.no comments