Here is a video on the San Antonio Spurs' tremendous start to the NBA season and how team work and chemistry is key.
Here is a video on the San Antonio Spurs' tremendous start to the NBA season and how team work and chemistry is key.
After a much deserved break, Arianné is back for the latest Spanish edition of the Spurscast. In this episode, Arianne recaps the recent San Antonio victories for the Spanish speaking Spurs fans.
Remember, Project Spurs was the first San Antonio Spurs blog to have a Spurs podcast and the first to have a Spanish podcast for Spanish-speaking Spurs fans.
Note: Show recorded Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Arianne regresa con el Spurscast en Español mas reciente con los juegos de pretemporada de los Spurs.
Y recuerden que Project Spurs fue la primera página de Internet en tener un podcast de Los San Antonio Spurs y la primera en tener un podcast en español para los fanáticos de habla hispana.
Programa grabado Martes, 21 de diciembre 2010
The San Antonio Spurs (25-3) will face the Orlando Magic tonight in Orlando coming off a tough-fought win over the Denver Nuggets last night.
The last time these two teams met, the Spurs came out on the winning end due to hot shooting from the three-point line and the Magic committing 16 turnovers.
The Spurs will also face a new look Magic with their new players Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson via a trade with the Phoenix Suns.
To discuss tonight's match-up, I spoke with fellow Bloguin NBA blogger Phil from Orlando Magic Daily which is by far the best Magic blog on the Internet.
In this Q&A we discuss the Magic's recent trade, why the Magic have been underachieving, keys to the game and more. To read the Q&A I did for Orlando Magic Daily click HERE.
Jeff: I know by now this sounds like a broken record but the trade to acquire Arenas, Turkoglu, and Richardson. Likes, dislikes and how does this help or hurt the Magic's season?
Phil: It appeared something was wrong, so a move had to be made. What that was is very difficult to put a finger on. Orlando's big weakness coming into the season was a lack of players who could create off the dribble. Vince Carter is not the player he once was and he could no longer carry the offense the way this Magic team needed him to.
I like the offensive potential this move brings. Turkoglu has proven he can be successful in Orlando's system. Jason Richardson is a guy who will fit in nicely. And Gilbert Arenas can still have big games here and there.
The potential is there. It is just a question of how this team will come together in the course of the season and whether they will play defense. This team is built on its defense and it has let them down these last few weeks. These guys have to be as committed to the defensive end as they are to the offensive end.
Coming into the new season the Magic were expected to be better than their 16-12 record. What seems to be the issue?
It is tough to put a finger on. The last time the Magic and Spurs met, the Magic were rolling ad we generally still felt good about this team. Orlando has just been knocked off its rhythm. About half the team got sick with a weird stomach virus. The team went out West and still has not figured itself out. Something happened on that trip that convinced this team a change needed to be made.
And so, we are starting from scratch. The issue is this team does not have the same defensive will it has had for the last few years. I was always amazed how the team was able to win games it had no business winning. That has not happened this year.
It seems like it is missing that one energy guy who can push others to play at a higher level. It is really hard to put a finger exactly on what is wrong. But you also get the feeling that if this team can get a victory and some confidence, things will correct themselves.
Alright let's discuss the game tonight. The last time these two teams met, the Magic committed 16 turnovers and allowed the Spurs to hit wide-open three-point shots (12-for-19). Obviously you cannot do this when playing the Spurs but what are other keys to the game for the Magic to get the win?
Yeah, it seems like a long time since that game happened. Really Orlando has to play together and fight in this one. There really is not much more this team can do. This will be the new guys' third game together so perhaps a little more progress should be expected and a little more cohesion. But mistakes are still going to be made. It is going to be important that this team just fight its way through it and forget mistakes. Orlando is still keeping things simple.
But more specifically, the Magic cannot allow Dwight Howard to get into foul trouble. This team, with the trade of Marcin Gortat, is really thin up front. Howard has to be in the game and he cannot get sucked into foul trouble. I would think San Antonio is going to attack him a lot.
If you are the Magic coach, you might be thinking, "OK we got the advantage in the paint but the guard combo of Parker and Ginobili will be a handful." What should the Magic do to limit this duo?
Again, Van Gundy is going to be preaching play defense as a team. Keep the man in front of you as best as you can and be there to help. A lot of the details of this defense are going to be missing, so these Spurs are going to be able to do some damage depending on how good Dwight Howard feels defensively (he has dialed some of his aggression back to limit his fouls, in my opinion). There may not be a lot Orlando can do just because the guys are not on the same page defensively yet.
There is a gaping hole at backup center for the Magic with the loss of Gortat. The Spurs have DeJuan Blair, Antonio McDyess, Tiago Splitter (if he gets time on the court), Matt Bonner and of course Tim Duncan. Do Dwight Howard and Brandan Bass shoulder more of the load tonight against the Spurs or do the Magic rely on something else to combat this glaring difference in size?
It depends if Ryan Anderson and Malik Allen are healthy enough to go. But yeah, it is all going to be on Dwight and Brandon to do the heavy lifting down low. They have their work cut out for them. Not sure if the Magic will be able to bring in another big man before Thursday.
Who wins the game tonight?
I am not optimistic about this stretch right now (we get Boston on Christmas). A team like the Spurs might be a little too good for the Magic to take on at this point in time. That is unless the team gets really hot and starts making jumpers. That is entirely possible. But my feeling is the struggles continue for a while and the Spurs get the win.
For the second time in a week, Manu Ginobili finished off the Denver Nuggets. This time he got some timely help from Gary Neal.
Ginobili and Neal each scored 22 points and buried back-to-back 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, as the San Antonio Spurs (25-3) beat the Nuggets 109-103 who played without Carmelo Anthony because of the death of his sister.
The Spurs extended their winning streak to 10 games.
Now, it's time to look at some of the numbers that stood out in this latest Spurs victory.
86.2 - The Nuggets made their free throws hitting 25-29 (86.2%) from the foul line. The Spurs on the other hand just made 15-24 (62.5%) from the free throw line.
50 - The Spurs hit their outside shots connecting 14-28 (50%) from behind the arc, including, 5-7 (71.4%) from Gary Neal. The Nuggets only made 8-25 (32%) from the 3-point line.
46 - Denver dominated the inside game, outscoring the Spurs 46-36 on inside points.
29 - The Spurs outscored the Nuggets 29-14 in the fourth quarter as Denver made just two field goals in the final five minutes of the game.
22 - Ginobili and Neal led the Spurs with 22 points a piece. J.R. Smith and Ty Lawson also had 22 points each for the Nuggets.
20 - Recovering from a wrist injury, Chauncey Billups started at point guard and added 20 points for the Nuggets.
16 - Richard Jefferson scored 16 points on 7-12 shooting from the field in 36 minutes of action. Smith scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter alone.
13 - Nene had 13 points for the Nuggets while Matt Bonner scored 13 points off the Spurs' bench. Both teams committed 13 turnovers for the game.
10 - Gary Neal scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and had his second consecutive 20-point game of the season.
9 - Tim Duncan had nine points and nine boards in 27 minutes for San Antonio.
8 - The Spurs are the eight team in NBA history to start a season 25-3.
2 - Chris Quinn scored two points, dished out three assists, and had one rebound and one steal in 12 minutes of playing time. DeJuan Blair had two points and seven boards for the Spurs.
0 - Antonio McDyess did not attempt a single field goal and went scoreless in three minutes.
Rookie Watch: Gary Neal had 22 points, three assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes of action. Tiago Splitter had 12 points, nine rebounds, one assists and a steal in his most meaningful game of the season.
What's Next? The Spurs will visit the new-look Orlando Magic at the Amway Center for their second night of a back-to-back.
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“Hey mom, I played in a pick up game today with Wilt Chamberlain.”
Mom: “Great honey. Pass the green beans.”
As Engelland grew, so did his game and influence. He recalls befriending a UCLA ballboy who came after him, Steve Kerr. “He became the first NBA player I worked with full time,” Engelland says. (source spurs.com)• In the book "The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History," Ross Atkins of the CS Monitor mentions a few things he learned from the book including this tidbit about Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich:
According to ESPN, Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony will not play tonight.
Anthony will miss Denver's game Wednesday night in San Antonio following a death in his family.
The team announced the news Wednesday morning. Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri said in a release that the organization supports Anthony "during this difficult time for him and his family."
With Anthony out, look for J.R. Smith to possibly start at small forward.
Christmas is fast approaching and some of you may not have picked up a gift for someone on your list. Well if they are a die-hard San Antonio Spurs fan why not give them the gift of tickets to either tonight's game against the Denver Nuggets or upcoming games against the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards.
Tonight's game against the Nuggets should be a great one. The last time these two teams met, the Nuggets were a depleted team. Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen were out with injuries, and it still took a Manu Ginobili basket and him picking up the offensive-foul on Carmelo Anthony to seal the win for the Spurs. Now that Denver is fully healthy, it might be an all out battle tonight in the AT&T Center.
For tickets to tonight's game click HERE. For tomorrow's game against Orlando click HERE and for Sunday's home-game versus Washington click HERE.Remember to follow @ProjectSpursTiq on Twitter for deals and updates and to enter next month's Spurs tickets giveaway.
Milwaukee Bucks' center Andrew Bogut weighed in on which team he feels is the most impressive and let's just say he scored some major points with San Antonio Spurs' fans:
The Bucks are a good team to ask. They’ve played Utah, Denver, Orlando, Miami, Dallas and San Antonio this month. Keyon Dooling still gives the nod to the Lakers because of their depth and their status as reigning champions, but Andrew Bogut says the San Antonio Spurs are the most impressive team they’ve faced so far.
“[The Spurs] have a unique system, where they really spread the scoring load,” Bogut said. “Then at the end of the game they’ve got Ginobili. I think they’re playing real well. That was tough for us. ... They’re going to be a tough matchup in the playoffs.” (source ESPN.com)
Bogut would know first-hand about the Spurs being a tough team. In the last meeting between the Spurs and the Bucks it took a Ginoibili last-second shot to seal the victory for San Antonio.
Now will someone please tell Dooling he might want to reconsider his pick.
|SPURS||Manu Ginobili 19.7||Tim Duncan 9.7||Tony Parker 7.1|
|NUGGETS||Carmelo Anthony 24.0||Carmelo Anthony 8.3||Chauncey Billups 5.4|
The San Antonio Spurs will look to push their winning streak to double-digits for the second time this season when they host the Denver Nuggets at the AT&T Center tonight as they conclude a 3-game homestand.
During their first game, Carmelo Anthony made a shot at the buzzer but it was ruled off for an offensive foul when Manu Ginobili stepped in front to draw the charge. Coach George Karl's public comments about the play led to a $25,000 fine from the NBA. The Spurs won that game 113-112.
The Nuggets might have a better shot at ending San Antonio's winning streak this time as they expect some key players returning to the lineup. Chauncey Billups, Chris Andersen and Kenyon Martin could play when the Nuggets gun for their second straight win.
The Spurs (24-3) knocked off a short-handed Phoenix Suns team 118-110 on Monday, to extend their winning streak to nine games. Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds in that game. He is averaging just 14.1 points and 9.7 rebounds this season but has averaged 20.3 points and 13.6 rebounds over the last three games.
The Spurs haven't had two winning streaks of at least 10 games in a season since 2003-2004, when they had a 13-game and an 11-game winning streaks.
The Nuggets (16-10) bounced back from the loss to the Spurs with a 115-113 win over Minnesota last Saturday. Anthony had 24 points and a key late block while Lawson added 23 points and nine assists to help the Nuggets get the win.
Lawson has started the last three games in place of Billups and averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 assists.
San Antonio's longest win streak of the season was a 12-game run from Nov. 1-24.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Offense -- They are currently third in the league in scoring and have seven players averaging in double digits. They have a good mix of inside and outside game with Anthony, Nene, Martin, J.R. Smith and Ty Lawson plus Chauncey is back as the team's starting point guard.
Defense -- Defend the Spurs' drive and kick game, contain Duncan on the inside. Limit Ginobili, Parker and Jefferson's dribble penetrations and be wary of the Spurs' outside shooters.
Spurs -- James Anderson - stress fracture (out), George Hill - toe (day-to-day)
Nuggets -- Chris Andersen - back (game time decision) , Kenyon Martin - knee (game time decision)
• Congratulations to Roxanne Alvarez (aka @simmonslover on Twitter) for winning two free tickets courtesy of tiqiq.com and Project Spurs to tomorrow's San Antonio Spurs-Denver Nuggets game. However, do not fret as we will be giving out another pair of free tickets to a Spurs home game next month. All you have to do it follow @projectspurstiq on Twitter to enter. Easy huh?
• The San Antonio Spurs will face a healthier Denver Nuggets team as Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups and Chris Andersen will return to action. This should be an exciting game seeing how the last time these two team faced off it took Manu Ginobili drawing the offensive foul after nailing the winning shot to secure the victory for the Spurs.
• The Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns last night, albeit a depleted Suns team with their recent trade to acquire Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter and Mikael Pietrus from the Orlando Magic, and as one scout pointed out, the moves makes them just like the Spurs:
“Well, it looks like they (Suns) are trying to change the culture,” the scout said. “I suppose they look at this as making them tougher. But I think that’s kind of interesting. The (San Antonio) Spurs are pretty tough, right?”
We’ll answer that one in the affirmative.
“The Suns swept the Spurs a few months ago,” the scout pointed out. “Swept them. Does that means the Spurs weren’t tough last spring, but are now? Has that much changed in terms of what people say is toughness?
As they say, imitation is the best form of flattery.
• How efficient are the Spurs? Well according to the Huffington Post the Miami Heat are but the Spurs could lead the NBA in efficiency:
Who are the least efficiently run teams in basketball (i.e. the teams who spend the most wastefully above the luxury tax threshold)?
The analysis relied on efficiency differential, since this projects future success (or failure) better than current won-loss records. Still one might be interested to know... if we project wins from current won-loss records, then the San Antonio Spurs -- with a cost per win of $0.931 million -- lead the NBA.
• Express News' Tim Griffin hands out his Spurs first-third report card on the team. How did they do? Find out HERE.
• Spurs' gaurd Gary Neal had a fantastic game against the Phoenix Suns scoring 22 points off the bench in a 118-110 victory. Here is what Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich had to say about Neal's performance:
(video courtesy of woai.com)