During last night's win over the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili pulled this move on the Bulls and once again opposing teams forget he likes to go left.
The San Antonio Spurs (9-1) used a strong 3rd quarter to turn a 10 point halftime deficit into a 15 point lead entering the final period.
The Chicago Bulls (6-4) did not recover in time and the Spurs tied their franchise best start after 10 games. The last time San Antonio opened the season 9-1 was in 1981 during the George Gervin era.
Now, it's time to check out the numbers that stood out in this Spurs latest victory.
71 - The Spurs shot a blistering 71% from the floor while the Bulls just made 26% of their field goals attempts in the third period that turned the game into San Antonio's favor.
50 - The Bulls are one of the league's best in rebounding. However, the Spurs won the battle of the boards 50-42. Tim Duncan had a season high 18 boards for San Antonio.
46 - The Spurs continues to shoot well from behind the arc making 6-13 (46.2%) of their 3-pointers, including 2-2 from Matt Bonner and 1-1 from George Hill. The Bulls connected on 6-17 (35.3%) from the three point line.
37 - The Spurs only scored 37 points for the entire first half but outscored the Bulls 37-12 in the third quarter alone, that proved to be the game's turning point.
33 - Derrick Rose had a game high 33 points, four assists and three rebounds for the Chicago Bulls.
28 - San Antonio are proving to be effective on transition as they beat the Bulls 28-18 on fast break points.
24 - The Spurs shared the ball better, they had 24 assists for the game compared to 17 by the Bulls. Duncan and Manu Ginobili had five assists a piece.
21- Despite some distraction because of his on going divorce with Eva Longoria, Tony Parker led the Spurs with 21 points, three rebounds and seven assists.
20 - After a miserable first half, Ginobili finished the game strong and had 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Spurs. This was the 7th time that Manu scored 20 points or more in just ten games.
18 - After struggling on the Spurs' three previous games, Duncan turned out a solid effort and finished the game with 16 points, a season high 18 rebounds, five assists, two block shots and a steal.
0- Taj Gibson went scoreless for the Bulls, going 0-7 from the field in 16 minutes of playing time. Richard Jefferson added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the Spurs and had zero turnovers in 34 minutes of action.
Rookie Watch: Gary Neal had four points, two steals, one assist and one rebound in 15 minutes of action while Tiago Splitter had his first DNP-CD (Did Not Play - Coach's Decision) of the season.
What's Next? The Spurs will visit Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday.
Join me as I chat courtside from the AT&T Center for tonight's Spurs vs. Bulls game and make sure to scroll down to read Robby Lim's game preview.
The San Antonio Spurs have signed former Cleveland Cavaliers player Danny Green to the roster.
“He’s a talented young man who has impressed us with his combination of pretty good defensive skills and awareness and a pretty good shot,” Popovich said. “He’s a young guy who, in time, is going to be a good player. Sometimes it takes somebody two, three, four years before they find the right situation. (source Express News)
Green will bring more youth to the team and not to mention a much needed swing-man for the small-forward position (6'6"). He also can be a solid defender which fits right into the Spurs mindset.
Adding Green comes off the Spurs waiving Alonzo Gee and Garrett Temple and the addition complies with the NBA rule of having at least 13 players on the roster.
|SPURS||Manu Ginobili 21.3||Tim Duncan 8.9||Tony Parker 7.7|
|BULLS||Derrick Rose 24.7||Joakim Noah 12.8||Derrick Rose 9.2|
The San Antonio Spurs will look to match their best 10 game start in franchise history when they host the Chicago Bulls at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The Spurs (8-1) are coming from a nice road 117-104 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder last Sunday with Matt Bonner connecting 7-7 from beyond the arc.
The Bulls (6-3) started off their seven game road trip with 95-92 hard fought win over the Houston Rockets and are riding high on four game winning streak.
Tim Duncan has been struggling on offense lately and the Spurs will need a good effort from him to get the win. While the Bulls will lean heavily on Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah on the offensive end. This will also mark the first time Keith Bogans will play against his former team.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Defense -- It will be key for the Spurs to try to limit Rose on offense. In their recent win over Houston, Rose scored 17 of his 33 points in the final period and they have to be wary on Bull's outside shooting too. In their last game, the Bulls hit 8-12 of their shots from the three-point line.
Offense -- Their offense starts with Rose and Deng. Also, Noah, Taj Gibson and Kyle Korver helping out on the scoring department.
Defense -- It will be key for them to limit the Spurs' inside game and dribble penetrations, but they also have to be wary of the Spurs' outside shooting. The Spurs are making 44.0% of their shots from behind the arc -- currently best in the NBA.
Spurs -- James Anderson - stress fracture (out)
Bulls -- Kyle Korver - knee (day-to-day), Carlos Boozer - hand (out)
However, the Spurs know what to expect against a young team like the Bulls. They will use their veteran smarts and start the game on high note to put away the surging Bulls team. One streak ends tonight. It will be a close one in San Antonio, with the Spurs winning it by five points or less.
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has made it known he would like to be traded. The usual teams with the best pieces to make a trade with Denver have been the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets.
However, read this tidbit from Peter Vescey at the NY Post:
I'm admittedly slow on the uptake, but Anthony gave me the impression he's singularly interested in playing for a team in the habit of inhabiting first place and bedding championships -- you know, like the Lakers, Celtics and Spurs.
So, I was not all that surprised when Anthony revealed to The Post he has not expunged any of those three teams from his bottomless pit of gaping options.
For as much as San Antonio Spurs fans would love to have Anthony on board, chances are slim he will ever wear the black and silver. Granted the Spurs would have the players to make a trade with Denver (such as George Hill, DeJuan Blair, Richard Jefferson, etc.) but would the Spurs trade away their future or bring in a malcontent? I think not.
In the end take it with a grain of salt seeing how this probably will never happen.
The San Antonio Spurs have announced they have waived Alonzo Gee. The Spurs now have 12 players on the roster.
Seems the Spurs have been cutting players lately. Aside from Gee, the team has released Bobby Simmons and Garrett Temple since the beginning of the season. This begs the question: are these moves in preparation for some future player movement? Also with Gee gone and James Anderson out for some time due to an injury, the Spurs are really short-handed at the back-up small forward position.
As for Gee, he has a promising future in the NBA and I'm sure another team will sign him. Last season with the Washington Wizards, Gee recorded a double-double, scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Denver Nuggets. On March 26, Gee made his first NBA start against Charlotte Bobcats, and scored a career-high 19 points.
In a recent episode of the game show Jeopardy, an answer featured San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan.
The answer seemed easy enough with a major clues in the answer being "center" and "Spurs" but apparently contestants Lea and Hans got the question wrong. What made it even more hilarious was Hans being way off with his Carmelo Anthony reply. Epic fail.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs are off a best start in recent years and there are many reasons for this. Richard Jefferson is playing better in his sophomore year, Tony Parker is having a career season in the assists department, DeJuan Blair is beginning to settle in his starting role, Matt Bonner is hitting his shots and their bench got deeper.
All this has made the Spurs a better team than a year ago but they will not be 8-1 after nine games if Manu Ginobili has not been playing phenomenal.
Ginobili has scored at least 20 or more points in six of the Spurs' nine games and currently leads the team with 21.3 points per game and is second in assists at 4.3 per ball game. Not only that, his 40.6% 3-point shooting and 92% clip from the foul line are career bests.·
But more than just numbers, Ginobili has always provided the Spurs the extra punch that pushes them to the next level. What do I mean? Here are a few examples.
Against the Phoenix Suns, Ginobili made a critical pass that translated into a Jefferson 3-pointer late in the fourth period and then he sealed the game by making the final free throw of the game. Spurs win 112-110.
Three nights later, the Spurs found themselves trailing against the Houston Rockets 113-111 with 16 seconds remaining on the clock. Never giving up, Ginobili fouled Courtney Lee to send him to the foul line and put him under pressure. Lee missed both free throws. On the ensuing play, Manu made a 17 footer to send the game into overtime and the Spurs eventually won the game.
On the road against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Spurs looked headed to a fourth quarter collapse as the hard-fighting Bobcats made a 7-0 run to cut the Spurs' lead to 93-91. Ginobili again rose to the occasion, he made a driving layup with 4.9 seconds left that clinched another Spurs win.
If that wasn't enough, in a close game against the Thunder, with the Spurs needing some separation, Manu scored five straight points and handed an assists to a hot-shooting Matt Bonner mid-way in the final period for another 3 pointer. At that point, the Oklahoma City Thunder were done and never recovered from a 13 point deficit.
Simply put it. When Manu plays like Manu, the Spurs are better. Sure, the Spurs are still a good team with Parker, Duncan or even Jefferson at the helm. But with Manu weaving some magic, the Spurs are definitely a tougher team to beat.
• A dispute between Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcasting Group over programming might affect San Antonio Spurs fans in San Antonio looking to catch a game on The CW if the dispute is not resolved by January 1, 2011:
The contract is set to expire Dec. 31, which could leave viewers without Fox shows such as “Glee,” “House” and the upcoming season of “American Idol.” Football fans could miss the start of the NFL playoffs and the end of the season, including the Dallas Cowboy's last regular-season game set for Jan. 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles. San Antonio Spurs fans also could be affected, losing almost a dozen games that are broadcast on The CW after the start of the new year. (source Express News)
• With the NBA struggling financially and a possible lock-out looming, the Spurs organization seems to be staying afloat financially unlike most of the NBA franchises:
“This year, we’ll see a leveling to slightly up from last year,” said Rick Pych, president of business operations for the company that owns the Spurs and three other sports franchises.
The team does not expect to pay a luxury tax on its payroll like last year and believes its finances will improve in step with the city’s economic rebound, which has been stronger than most cities.
Pych said that the team is off to a strong start and optimistic about the future.
That’s not the outlook for all NBA teams. (source Express News)
• In the Spurs latest win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Matt Bonner had a spectacular shooting night from the three-point line hitting 7-7. When asked what made him be so accurate from the three-point line, he credited a turkey sandwich!