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
On Friday evening in Dallas, the Los Angeles Clippers gave up 70 points to the Mavericks in the first half, and then they would lose Chris Paul in the third quarter. The Clippers would still comeback that evening to defeat the Mavericks.
In San Antonio on Saturday, the Paul-less Clippers would give up 70 points on consecutive nights in the first half, this time to the San Antonio Spurs, but another injury would occur as Tiago Splitter, who was the Spurs’ leading scorer through four quarters with 22 points, injured his right shoulder midway through the fourth as the Spurs defeated the Clippers 116-92.
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The San Antonio Spurs (25-7) will look to bounce back after a loss to the lowly New York Knicks as they host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs are coming off a 101-105 loss to the Knicks at home despite a career-high 32 points from Marco Belinelli. Manu Ginobili finished with 11 points and 12 assist, while Tony Parker finished with 12 points and 7 assists.
And as the Spurs look to get the win, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:
• Spurs' Tony Parker is the only Spur averaging 30 minutes or more.no comments
Leonard finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.no comments
AT&T CENTER – “I think we played about 15 minutes as aggressively as they did. We should be embarrassed about how soft we played tonight.”
Those were the words from San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich as his team lost at home 105-101, to a Knicks team that came in with just 9 wins all year.
In the last five games, the word “embarrassing” came out of Popovich’s mouth once more regarding the passion and energy his team played with in their two losses during that span.
Outside of Marco Belinelli (32 points on 12-of-16 shooting, 6-of-9 from three), the starting unit struggled to find a solid pace and rhythm while the defense as a whole continues to be an ongoing issue as Iman Shumpert scored 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while Carmelo Anthony returned to the Knicks’ lineup for 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists in a win for the Knicks.no comments
AT&T CENTER - After defeating the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs (25-7) host the other New York team, the Knicks (9-21) tonight. Before tip-off, Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani spoke with Project Spurs about his fellow Italian countryman Marco Belinelli who joined the Spurs in the summer via free agency.
Every team loves to hear that their nucleus will be sticking together until each and every one of them decide to retire and hang their basketball careers up. For Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, it seems to be inevitable that these three will surely be playing with each other when the time comes, at least for two of them.
Parker will be a free agent come 2015 and their are rumors swirling around that the New York Knicks would be considering pursuing the point guard. Parker has express his thoughts on the ESPN Report with Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.
In the initial statement with Young, Parker has not been shy to state that his top choice is staying with San Antonio but is though, keeping his options open.no comments