On this episode of the Spurscast, we discuss the week that was for the San Antonio Spurs. What we liked, and didn't like from the Spurs in the past few games. We also talk other Spurs news.
In the second half of the show, we dive right into the main topic: Are there any lingering concerns from the Spurs loss to the Lakers? We go over the pros and cons of the loss to the Lakers, what this might mean down the road for the Spurs, and much more.
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The San Antonio Spurs will be facing the Detroit Pistons tonight and Spurs' Antonio McDyess says Tim Duncan will be ready to have a bounce-back game after his less-than-stellar performance against the Los Angeles Lakers where he finished the game with two points, seven rebounds, 1-7 shooting in 23 minutes.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (51-12) vs. DETROIT PISTONS (23-41)
Manu Ginobili 17.8
Tim Duncan 9.1
Tony Parker 6.6
Rodney Stuckey 15.5
Greg Monroe 6.9
Rodney Stuckey 4.6
After their first home loss in more than three months, the San Antonio Spurs will try to get back to their winning ways and sweep the season series against the Detroit Pistons tonight at the AT&T Center.
San Antonio (51-12) has used a 29-3 home record to help build a four game lead over Boston in the entire NBA. Their 22 straight home victories came to an end with a 99-83 loss to the defending champion Los Angeles last Sunday.
Tim Duncan was held to only two points and 1-of-7 shooting for the second time this season against the Lakers.
Rookie Greg Monroe is averaging 15.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 59.1 percent over his last eight games with the Pistons. He had 12 points and seven boards Sunday night, and was one of seven players to score in double figures for Detroit (23-41) in a 113-102 win over the Washington Wizards.
Tayshaun Prince returned from a four game absence due to back problems and scored 20 points while Rodney Stuckey had 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Duncan had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Monroe scored 14 and grabbed 13 boards in San Antonio's 100-89 road win on February 8 at Detroit.
Hit the jump to find out the keys to the game for the Spurs and Pistons, and which team wins this game.
• San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan had this to say about Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum and how he disrupted the Spurs' offense in the loss to the Lakers:
“He bothered a lot of people in the lane,” Duncan said, “and just his size was definitely the difference.” (nba.com)
• The Spurs are regrouping after the huge loss to the Lakers:
• With Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love is racking up the double-doubles this season, Spurs' Tim Duncan ranks among the top 12 players all-time in career double-doubles:
Of the top 12 all-time double-double leaders (points-rebounds), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wilt Chamberlain stands alone at 966. Malone is next at 894 and Elvis Hayes had 890. The only active player on the list is San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan with 704, one behind Charles Barkley. (espn.com)
• Speaking of the Toros, check out this great article about the Toros' new home, the Cedar Park Center at Toros Nation.
• Spurs' Gary Neal suffered concussion-like symptoms recently and the NBA is taking steps to prevent this injury to its players:
According to STATS LLC data reviewed by the AP, eight NBA players have missed games this season because of head injuries, concussions or concussion-like symptoms and there's been an average of nine players per season who've missed playing time over the previous five years.
Besides Paul, Miami's Mike Miller, San Antonio's Gary Neal, Phoenix's Vince Carter and New Jersey's Anthony Morrow and Damion James all have dealt with blows to the head since Feb. 15. (nba.com)
Hit the jump to read about how you can win free tickets to a Spurs game this month, what Neal's former coach at Towson said about him, the Spurs falling out of the number one spot in NBA rankings, and more.
It seems like just months ago the San Antonio Spurs were on top of the Western Conference with a 10-game lead. That number has now slipped to five with 19 left in the regular season. So how exactly do those remaining 19 games fare for the Silver and Black? Well, for starters, 10 of them are on the road, where the Spurs are 22-9 this season, with nine at home.
San Antonio has only lost three at the AT&T Center and four of their final nine home games will be against above .500 teams. Out of those 10 on the road, nine are against above .500 teams, which the Spurs are 27-11 against. It’s probably fair to say the Spurs will win most if not all but a couple of their remaining home games.
The road is where San Antonio may have some trouble. With trips to Houston, Miami and Dallas scheduled in a span of seven days, to open their last 10 road trips, things could get a little rough. Let’s not also forget there are six back-to-backs in those final 19. In the Spurs’ previous 12 back-to-backs, they swept six times and were either swept or split the other six.
Then, there’s also the issue of facing teams fighting to either hold their playoff spot or earn a postseason berth. So many scenarios, so little time and so much that could happen. To make things easier, let’s go ahead and break down the final 19 and predict how the Spurs will finish the year. Each opponent’s current record is in parenthesis.
• vs. Detroit (23-41), 8:30 p.m. on March 9
The Pistons have barely shown up for practice, and I’ll be surprised if they show up for this game, figuratively speaking of course.
• vs. Sacramento (15-46), 7:30 p.m. on March 11 and 7:30 p.m. on April 6
No way the Spurs lose to the second worst team in the West. There’s just no way.
• at Houston (33-32), 7:30 p.m. on March 12 and 7:30 p.m. on April 1
Check out this video from this past weekend where San Antonio Spurs guard George Hill spoke to the youth of San Antonio on choices and consequences in life.
Afterwards, he fielded questions from Spurs fans on beating the Miami Heat, taking pressure shots, life lessons he learned from head coach Gregg Popovich, what he learned from Spurs' assistant coach Jacque Vaughn, having game ticket scavenger hunts for Spurs fans, and more.
On Thursday, it will have been two weeks since the NBA trade deadline passed. The San Antonio Spurs still stand a top the league with the best record at 51-12. After witnessing the Los Angeles Lakers and Andrew Bynum take full advantage of the Spurs in the paint Sunday afternoon, keeping in mind the team made no moves at the trade deadline, one has to wonder if the questions about the Spurs lacking size in the frontline will hurt them down the stretch and in the playoffs?
I’m hear to ask the question: How does the Spurs' frontline compare with the other playoff teams?
The Spurs frontline consists of Tim Duncan (6'11), DeJuan Blair (6'7), Matt Bonner (6'10), Antonio McDyess (6'9) and rookie Tiago Splitter (6'11). That’s five players deep, and not one of them is seven feet tall.
I’ve compiled several playoff teams from both conferences to see which team depends on their front line the most and who may have the greatest advantage in the paint. This will help to determine where the Spurs frontline is and what to expect from them in the playoffs.
I’m focusing on a few statistics: How much does each team depend on their frontline for offensive production? What is the amount of rebounds per game each frontline will grab? What is the frontline's amount of blocks per game? Where does the team rank defensively regarding these 13 teams chosen?
For the offensive percentage statistic, I calculated it in this manner: Frontline points per game divided by total points per game, the percentage that was left is what I call “Percentage of teams offense”. For the rebounding percentage, I calculated frontline rebounds per game divided by overall rebounds per game. I called this "Percentage of team rebounds."
All stats are used as of March 7, 2011.
If you don't want to read every individual statistic, I suggest you pay attention to "percentage of offense, rebounding, and ranked defensive position." The summaries beneath each team will explain potential matchups for the Spurs.
• Former San Antonio Spurs player Chuck Person was known for his offensive skills but it seems he has a lot to do with the Los Angeles Lakers huge win against the Spurs yesterday and the Lakers improved defense:
"We kind of gave Chuck Person dedicated moments in practice to really work on our defense," Jackson said. "He's been good with the guys and handled it really well. We've taken extra time defensively in practice rather than doing as much execution offensively as we have in the past." (latimes.com)
• After yesterday's loss to the Lakers, Manu Ginobili shared his thoughts on the Spurs' performance:
• Seems it wasn't just the Spurs who suffered at the hands of the Lakers. Check out this Spurs fan getting tackled by Ron Artest.
• NBA.com caught up with Spurs' great David Robinson and here is what he had to say about playing with someone who can post double-doubles nightly:
Jonah Ballow: How important is it to have a player like that – who can post double-doubles on a nightly basis?
David Robinson: Unbelievable, there's no way you're going to get to be a good team unless you have reliable leaders, consistent leaders, and he's been that for that team, so at least it gives him kind of a good starting block to get back in the mix of all the top tier teams.
• With the Spurs celebrating Noche Latino night wearing the "Los Spurs" jerseys this past week, RedsArmy.com says let's celebrate all cultures in the NBA with some fantastic pictures. A must see!
• Former Spur Bobby Simmons to sign with the D-League's Reno Bighorns.
Hit the jump to read about Spurs' head coach having a fitful night after the loss to the Lakers, George Hill's and DeJuan Blair's new show, The Onion poking fun at Tim Duncan once again, small vs big NBA markets, and more.
Here is something to get your mind off yesterday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Last month, it was announced the two Marvel characters picked for the San Antonio Spurs were the Silver Surfer and Wolverine for the NBA-Marvel Comics super hero inspired clothing line, artwork, and accessories for each NBA team.
Well, check out the Spurs-Silver Surfer tee-shirt:
Alright Spurs fans what do you think? Like it? Don't like it? Waiting to see how the Spurs-Wolverine line of clothing will turn out?
It's hard to imagine San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili would be playing at a high level this season and being named a 2011 Western Conference All-Star after suffering ankle injuries in seasons past, considering his age and commitments to playing in international competition for Argentina which brought on wear-and-tear and exhaustion.
However, for Ginobili it's not the physical, it's the mental that matters and it's what keeps him going game-in and game-out:
“Basketball is not just about your legs. You have to use your head, your experience, be responsible, respect your opponents,” Ginobili said. “The season isn’t won by (the squad) that beats three or four teams, but the one that defeats everybody,” he said.
Luckily for the Spurs and their fans, he chose not to play this past summer in Turkey at the World Championships for Argentina to rest and be with his children.
That rest has proven invaluable for the Spurs as he is leading the team in scoring at 17.8 points, is averaging 30.8 minutes per game and has helped the Spurs to an NBA-leading record at 51-12.
But let's not forget Spurs fans, after this NBA season is over, he will be playing in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata, Argentina for the Argentina national team this summer and is looking forward to it:
“I’m really looking forward to it and playing at home after 10 years will be great. We’re all very excited and it’s going to be a great championship,” Ginobili said.
This will be a concern for the Spurs and their fans considering that the Spurs are primed to make a deep playoff run, the amount of time he is seeing on the court this season, and knowing his international play this summer will only add to his wear-and-tear.
Let's just hope he comes back from the tournament injury-free, well rested, and hopefully looking to defend the NBA title for the Spurs next season.