More times than not this season, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has pulled off some of the Manu Magic that made him a fan favorite through most of his career in San Antonio. While many considered Ginobili done after last season's NBA Finals performance, he has bounced back this season, and he saved the Spurs when they needed it most.no comments
Several former San Antonio Spurs players have made headlines lately, and with several of our readers showing interest in tracking some of their favorite former players, we've put all of the links together in one roundup.no comments
With 5:25 left in the fourth quarter on Tuesday and the San Antonio Spurs well on their way to their 27th victory of the season leading the Memphis Grizzlies by 16 points, it looked like the Spurs’ key players would get an extra five minutes of rest as they were scheduled for a back-to-back with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
However, Mike Conley (30 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), James Johnson (15 points) and the Grizzlies had other plans.
In the final 5:25 minutes of the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies forced overtime behind 11 points from Conley in the closing five minutes and a daring 3-pointer that went in from Johnson in the final minute.
In overtime, it would be Tim Duncan (24 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks) who put the Spurs on his back as he scored 6 of their 12 points in overtime. But it wouldn’t be the 37-year old Duncan finishing the job for San Antonio, instead that final task would come from the player just a year younger than Duncan; Manu Ginobili.no comments
Playing or being assigned to the D-League always comes with negative connotations especially when players are considered fringe NBA talent at best, but Spurs signee Malcolm Thomas, who is currently assigned to the Austin Toros, has nothing but positives to say about the D-League in a video interview with D-League.com.
“The D-League really helped me develop all my game. It’s such a good place for people to work on their game,” Thomas said. “Some people say its a negative, but that’s far from the truth. I feel like it’s helped me 100 percent, and that’s why I felt like I got signed this year because I had time to work on some stuff. Now I’m here, and I’m still working on stuff so it only helps.”
Thomas, who had been previously been signed by the Spurs, has been assigned to the Toros several times this season and is with the team at the D-League showcase in Reno. Thomas started off the season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders where he showed off a deep shooting touch, something that had not been part of his game much before.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (26-8) will visit the Memphis Grizzlies (15-18) tonight but will be without center Tiago Splitter who is dealing with a right shoulder injury.
The Spurs are coming off a 116-92 win over the Clippers in San Antonio. The Spurs got 22 points from Tiago Splitter, but late in the game suffered a right shoulder sprain. Tim Duncan finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The Grizzlies are coming off a 112-84 win over the Pistons. Jon Leuer matched his career high with 23 points.
And as the Spurs look to pick up a road win, here are five things to watch for during tonight's game:
• Grizzlies' Mike Conley has averaged 20 points in his last six home games against the Spurs, including postseason.no comments
Viewing the NBA standings you can’t but help and notice that only four of the teams in the Eastern Conference have a winning record as opposed eight teams in the Western Conference.
With the Toronto Raptors leading the Atlantic division with a 16-16, a possible solution maybe to get rid of divisions and seed teams based on conference record.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs ran roughshod over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers this past Saturday but it was against a tired squad missing their leader. How does this add to the tired "Spurs can't beat good teams" narrative and what else have we learned in the ongoing Tony Parker versus Chris Paul debate?
Tiago Splitter's injury, yet another quick jab at DeJuan Blair, and we take another look at how the Western Conference is shaping up. Lucas Hann (@LucasJHann) of Clipsnation.com joins Jose Grijalva (@JRG1023) and host Aaron Preine (@DukeOfBexar) to talk all this and more on the one and only Spurscast. The original Spurs Podcast.
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Music: Sure Shot by Beasite Boysno comments
At the beginning of every season, each team makes a quick glance to the basketball and does a quick prayer to hope that no dramatic injuries happen to their star players. If a superstar does go down it’s the next man up according to NBA law. Along with the maneuvers to see if they can make trades to get more talent on the roster to account for the injury.
Take Kyrie Irving for example.
With Irving’s knee injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers recent talk’s bout acquiring Pau Gasol now looks to be a move to help them stay afloat rather than help them get rid of the headache that is Andrew Bynum.no comments
After undergoing an MRI on Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs announced center Tiago Splitter is expected to miss 3 to 5 weeks with a right shoulder sprain. Splitter injured his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of the teams 116-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers as he collided with Ryan Hollins as Splitter went up for a shot.
Splitter was key against the Clippers' front court as he had scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds before going down with the injury. The Spurs will face the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. With Splitter out, the team still has Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, Aron Baynes, Jeff Ayres, Matt Bonner, and Malcolm Thomas to fill in for Splitter.
Manu Ginobili said without Splitter, it will give Ayres and Baynes a chance for an opportunity with more minutes following the Spurs' win on Saturday:no comments