AT&T CENTER – With 1:16 remaining in the second quarter as the San Antonio Spurs were leading the Memphis Grizzlies by 19 points, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili grabbed a rebound and threw a pass down the court to an open Kawhi Leonard for a one-handed slam dunk that brought the AT&T Center to its feet.
Asked after the game Wednesday how the dunk felt, Leonard said, “It felt like any other dunk, it wasn’t anything special.”
On paper that almost sounds like a sarcastic answer, however as Leonard has begun his third season with the Spurs, folks in the city of San Antonio know that Leonard really isn’t a player with many words, instead he allows his play in games to speak for himself.no comments
Like most San Antonio Spurs fans, when news came out on NBA Draft night 2011 the team was trading fan favorite George Hill for Kawhi Leonard, an unproven player, it did not go over very well.
Hill brought excitement, defense, scoring to the team and was not afraid to get in the face of Kobe Bryant. Leonard, on the other hand, was unproven and a relative unknown. He had big hands and that was all most knew of him.
But it seems that it wasn't just Spurs fans who did not like to see Hill be traded for Leonard. Manu Ginobili also did not like the trade and admits, it made him "angry."no comments
AT&T CENTER--For a team as seasoned as the San Antonio Spurs, a season opener is everything and nothing all at once. A shortened summer is not, perhaps, enough time to heal all wounds; but it's enough to mend beaten bodies and approach yet another year with a renewed and fresh perspective.
The heartache and bruises of an 82-game season and extended playoff run have faded, but the knowledge accumulated over the course of the Spurs' Finals run remain intact, creating something to continue building off of.
"We've benefited from corporate knowledge for a while, and a lot of that has to do with continuity," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Trying to keep player in place and not having to do too many trades, not having to do too many signings. Just important ones that fit in. Timmy, Manu, and Tony have been special in that regard. We've been able to put people around them. Continuity allows us so be pretty consistent."no comments
AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies last met a few months ago back in May during the Western Conference Finals. Then, the Spurs swept Memphis in four games as the Grizzlies offense could not keep pace with the Spurs’ run-and-gun style of play.
The Spurs, like last season, will start with the same lineup that finished the end of last season: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, and Tiago Splitter according to head coach Gregg Popovich in his pregame press conference.
Also of note, last week the Spurs’ new military-inspired uniforms gained a lot of attention. However, for the opening tip, the team will wear the alternate silver jerseys that were used from last season.no comments
Join Project Spurs staffers as we chat live during tonight's Spurs season opener against the Grizzlies. We'll kick things off around 7:15 p.m. CST.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs' quest for their fifth title begins tonight as they open up their season against the Memphis Grizzlies. Of course, before all of this began, there were changes in the offseason. San Antonio made minimal changes to their roster as they signed Marco Belinelli and Jeff Ayres. The coaching staff, many know by now, has some new faces in different places.
With the start of the season looming, there are always your usual division outlooks and whom many feel will reign supreme in their respective divisions. With the San Antonio Spurs returning pretty much their whole team that were just moments, moments away from their fifth title, some have to believe that they are primed to make it back to the Finals.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (0-0) will kick off their season opener tonight in San Antonio as they host the Memphis Grizzlies (0-0).
The Spurs will be looking for redemption this new season after losing in the NBA Finals in Game 7 to the Heat. With new additions such as Marco Belinelli, and Jeff Ayres, the Spurs will look to once again capture title No. 5.
The Grizzlies remained relatively in tact only adding former player Mike Miller, Kosta Koufos from Denver and Nick Calathes. Memphis still boasts a formidable duo in the paint - Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph - and guard Mike Conley rounds out the team's core. New head coach Dave Joerger will do what it takes to ensure Memphis remains one of the best in the West.
And as the Spurs take their first steps back to the NBA Finals, here are five things to watch for during tonight's game.
• Tony Parker averaged a team-best 25.5 points versus Memphis last season.no comments
As the 2013 NBA kicks off there is a sense of urgency among the San Antonio Spurs and their fan base to get the bad taste from last season’s NBA Finals out of their collective mouths. The time can not pass by quick enough for Spurs’ fans until the home opener begins against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
Today, we shall take a moment to journey away from the court, and a take a different look at where the Spurs stand on the NBA landscape.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs' 2013-14 home opener is today, which is fun. Related: Bold predictions are fun especially, like, 21 of them!
Disclaimer: These bold predictions range from predictable to WHAT THE HELL WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU #idiot. You were warned. These predictions don't reflect my thoughts, unless I'm right and you're wrong. Happy basketball everyone. Watch safely.
1. Kawhi Leonard will average 2.5 steals per game.
Kawhi averaged 1.9 steals per game last season, so this a bit of a stretch. But, hear me out. Leonard will presumably assume a larger offensive and defensive role this season, and an uptick in minutes will increase his raw production, which is what I'm banking on here -- or something. Leonard corralled 14 steals in the NBA Finals, appropriating his regular season average, and there is room for growth as he steadily grasps the nuances of basketball, when to stab at the opponents dribble, when to crash the passing lane, how to deceive the ball handler and when to use his laser heat vision to detect weakness. Plus, his arms are long, which seems like it would be an advantage. For what it's worth: 2.5 steals per game would be the 26th highest single season mark since the 1990-91 season.no comments