The San Antonio Spurs (15-4) will look to rid themselves of the taste of losing big to the Pacers as they visit the Toronto Raptors (7-12).
The Spurs are coming off a 100-111 drubbing by the Pacers.Kawhi Leonard finished with 18 points and 3 rebounds to pace the Spurs while Manu Ginobili came off the bench and tallied 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Raptors are coming off a 106-94 win over the Lakers. Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 8 assists to lead the Raptors who were without Rudy Gay as he was traded to the Kings.
And as the Spurs look to start another winning streak, here are five things to watch for during tonight's game:
• The Raptors are 0-8 when allowing their opponent to score 100 points or more.no comments
FIBA Europe has announced its nominees for the 2013 FIBA Male Player of the Year and San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker was among the list.
Parker, along with other Euro athletes such as Marc Gasol, and Goran Dragic, definitely represented his home country of France, especially this offseason. Parker led Team France to gold (a first for France) at EuroBasket 2013 while earning MVP honors.no comments
When it comes right down to it, San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich remains one of the best coaches in the NBA. From guiding the franchise to four NBA titles to consistently having the Spurs as a perennial title contender, Pop gets the best from his roster.
However, Pop isn't just a coach. He is a teacher, a mentor, a role model and a great sportsman for the league. Something former NBA great Kareem Abdul Jabbar finds admirable about Popovich which is why he cast his vote for Pop for SI's Sportsman of the Year.no comments
AT&T CENTER – Asked what he learned after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio 111-100 on Saturday, Indiana Pacers head Coach Frank Vogel responded, “Nothing.”
Why was it nothing that he learned about his team on a night when they led by 26 points at one time?
“It’s a regular season game,” explained Vogel. “What if we won game seven (of the Eastern Conference Finals) and played these guys? I don’t think it would have been anything like today.”no comments
AT&T CENTER--Calling Saturday night's matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers a possible NBA Finals preview would seem disappointing, given a shellacking the Spurs took at the hands of the Pacers that was far worse than the 100-111 final margin would indicate.
Yet, tread carefully when trying to extrapolate information from a game like this. Through roughly the first 15-20 minutes of the game, the San Antonio Spurs executed at the highest levels of basketball on both ends of the courts, putting up 28 points in 20 possessions against the NBA's best defense in the first quarter. The Pacers scored 20 points on just 38.1 percent.
Roughly halfway through the second quarter the wheels came apart for the Spurs, coincidentally around the same time Tiago Splitter's did. A strained calf limited Splitter to eight minutes, which is about 10 minutes less than the amount of time the Spurs remained competitive
That's not to say that the Pacers win is largely attributable to Splitter's absence, the Pacers were the better team tonight and have been all season. Still, the disparity in the box score is hardly indicative of the gap between these two teams. The only thing a loss like this proves is that in a game against championship-level teams, even the slightest misfire from one component of a team can be leveraged to devastating effect.no comments
One of the best in the West, San Antonio Spurs (15-3), will host the best in the East, Indiana Pacers (17-2), tonight in a clash of NBA powers in San Antonio.
The Spurs are coming off a postponed game versus Minnesota in Mexico City as the arena filled with smoke. The good news is that it gave the Spurs more time to rest up before tonight's contest.
The Pacers are coming off a 95-86 win over the Jazz. Derrick Favors led the Jazz with 22 points and 13 rebounds while Enes Kanter added 20 points and 10 boards.
And as the Spurs look to send a message to the Pacers, here are five things to watch for in tonight's game:
• The Pacers have lost 11 games in a row in San Antonio.no comments