Minnesota is a young, up-and-coming team in the Western Conference. With players such as Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, and Derek Williams, the Wolves could be challenging the best in the West (and in the NBA) with a talented roster.
Except they aren't impressing head coach Rick Adelman this preseason. Minnesota is 2-2 in preseason play and recently lost to Toronto 97-104 which drew the ire of Adelman.
After the loss, he blasted his team for not playing with a sense of urgency with the regular season closing in. He also reminded his young team they are not the San Antonio Spurs or the Heat and don't have the luxury of flipping the switch when needed.no comments
On this new episode of the Project Spurs-News 4 San Antonio, Spurs Roundtable the panel of Jeff Garcia and Aaron Preine of Project Spurs discuss a few of the top storylines heading into the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs season.
From keeping an eye on the health of Tony Parker, the backup point guard to whether Tim Duncan can duplicate his performance from last season, the panel breaks it all down. To close the show, Cory Joseph is in the spotlight as the Spurs have until the end of the month to pick up the team option for the 2014-15 NBA season.
All this and much more on this episode of the News 4 San Antonio-Project Spurs, Spurs Roundtable.no comments
SAN ANTONIO - Learning to play with San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili might prove to be difficult, especially for a new teammate. From his frenetic style of play to pin-point passes from seemingly out of no where, Manu does bring flare to the court which may confound new players as they adjust to his style of play.
The newest member of the team - forward Jeff Ayers - will soon get a taste of life on the court with Ginobili and Manu is expecting to mesh with the big man quickly.
"That is another connection we need to make," Ginobili said. "We need to get used to each other."
Getting used to Manu's style is something that takes time and more importantly, experience.no comments
AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs fell to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday in their second preseason game of the 2013-14 season 106-99. Boris Diaw was not in uniform while Kawhi Leonard was, but didn’t play a minute in the game. Both players were fine physically but with the team preparing for a back-to-back in Denver on Monday, head coach Gregg Popovich elected not to play the two in the match.
In Leonard’s place was 15-year veteran Corey Maggette who made himself noticeable at the free throw line, while one of the new big men Jeff Ayres is looking more comfortable game by game, a training camp invite’s hustle got him noticed by Popovich, and one of the veterans continued to keep himself in the coaches dog house.no comments
AT&T CENTER--So far as longshot last stands go, there are few settings better than one can attempt to make theirs than the Alamo city. Staring down the end of his career in his 15th season, Maggette is hoping for a better outcome than the denizens of the old San Antonio mission.
An athletic bull of a slasher out of Duke with a knack for getting to the free throw line, Maggette had popped up on the San Antonio Spurs radar from time-to-time over the last decade. After bouncing around the league, from Milwaukee-to-Charlotte-to-Detroit, Maggette found himself, for the first time in his basketball career, without a guaranteed place to play this upcoming season.
The San Antonio Spurs (1-0) will host the Phoenix Suns (2-0) in San Antonio for game two of the Spurs' preseason slate of games.
The Spurs are coming off a 95-93 overtime win versus CSKA Moscow in San Antonio. Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili both scored a team-high 14 points each. Aron Baynes finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Duncan finished with 10 points, and 2 blocks.
The Suns are coming off a 104-98 win over the Blazers in Portland. Goran Dragic had 19 points for the Suns.
And as the Spurs continue to evaluate the roster before the regular season kicks off, here are five things to watch for in today's contest.
• Corey Maggette. With Sam Young waived, could Maggette be the back up forward for Kawhi Leonard when the season gets underway? He might get a chance to show what he has versus the Suns.no comments
Once former San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair signed with the Dallas Mavericks he simply unleashed about his former team.
He's on record saying the Spurs didn't believe in him, said the Spurs might have won their fifth NBA title if coach Popovich played him more, has made it known he has the first Mavs-Spurs game circled in his calendar and even Mavs owner Mark Cuban has said Blair will punish San Antonio this coming season.
Well the verbal jabs keep coming from DeJuan as he shows there's no love lost.no comments
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills is currently battling it out with Cory Joseph and Nando De Colo for a spot in a crowded backcourt of the Spurs rotation.
Hitting game-winning shots in overtime certainly doesn’t hurt Mills’ chances, as he did on Wednesday night to secure the Spurs’ first preseason win against CSKA Moscow.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich credits Mills’ offseason work and being in great shape for the already speedy guard to get in position and have the energy to launch the dagger from outside.no comments