While the San Antonio Spurs are still hours away from tipoff of their game in Mexico City against the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the NBA Global Games, players from both teams participated in a clinic yesterday with 50 local Special Olympics athletes and the Triqui basketball team.
The players played 5-on-5 with the Triqui youth team, as Jeff Garcia wrote about earlier, and Patty Mills decided to go barefoot in a photo joining the young players who recently won the International Festival of Mini-Basketball championship in Argentina by playing barefoot.
Photos below courtesy of Jordan Johnson and David Sherman/NBA PR.no comments
AT&T CENTER - There is a time in a players career where things do not come out as planned. They struggle, but still find ways to compete and put a stamp on a game. For San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, he is struggling. There is no reason to sugar coat it, I will just come right out and say it.
Am I wrong?
Leonard shot just 2-of-7 from the floor against the Atlanta Hawks back on December 2nd. He played just 22 minutes while scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds. Over his last two games, Leonard is 5-of-15 from the floor.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (15-3) will face the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10) tonight in Mexico City as part of the NBA's Global Games.
The Spurs are coming off a narrow 102-100 win over the Hawks in San Antonio. Tim Duncan paved the way with an outstanding 23 points and 21 rebounds in the win. Duncan became the oldest player in NBA history to record at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game (37 years and 221 days old).
The Timberwolves are coming off a 103-113 loss to the Thunder. Kevin Martin's 24 points led Minnesota, while Kevin Love had 16 points, and 12 boards.
And as the Spurs get set to tangle with the Wolves, here are five things to watch for in tonight's contest:
• The Spurs are 9-0 against the Timberwolves when Tony Parker scores more than 20 points.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs are in Mexico as they will take on the Timberwolves as part of the NBA's Global Games.
While in Mexico City, the Spurs entertained the crowd and went 5-on-5 with some kids who were at the team's practice. And from the looks of the video, it seems these little tykes gave all the Spurs can handle.no comments
For the San Antonio Spurs and their fans, the way last season ended only added more fuel to the fire for the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season. The Spurs made their adjustments in the offseason, seemingly bringing back the same team, minus a few, to begin their journey back to the NBA Finals and capturing the franchises fifth ring.
Players were upset from the outcome, which is understandable, but to this day, Manu Ginobili still feels the effect of the NBA Finals, and the outlook thus far during this season. He did put most of the blame on his play during the Finals. He though is feeling great about his start to the season.no comments
Commissioner David Stern always seems to have something candid to say about teams of 'lower market' in the NBA but surprisingly, Stern had some very positive words for the San Antonio Spurs Organization.
As we have all read rumors about Stern not liking the success of the teams that are not Miami, Los Angeles, you know, the 'big name' cities that bring in a boat load of revenue to Stern and the NBA, well the San Antonio Spurs have had the reputation of not going after the big super stars that have contracts that are enormous or they are asking for an amount that the Spurs front office know they could get more than just one.no comments
AT&T CENTER - “(Marco) Belinelli set a really good screen that created some distance and I just fired and hoped for the best,” said Tim Duncan of his game winning basket in the San Antonio Spurs’ 102-100 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Before setting that screen, Belinelli (13 points) had done what he’s been doing lately for the Spurs, playing within the system on both ends of the floor and continuing to look like a close to perfect puzzle piece on the Spurs’ bench.
“He’s giving us a lot,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich after the Spurs’ loss on Saturday to the Houston Rockets where Belinelli followed up a 19-point night in Orlando, with an 18-point night against Houston on a back-to-back sequence.no comments