After the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Phoenix Suns, TNT's Charles Barkley made a rather unflattering comment about the women of San Antonio.
Basically, he insinuated the majority of them are "fat."
Well a local San Antonio radio station made a calendar dispelling Barkley's viewpoint, proving not all San Antonian women are as Barkley describes. If anything, it's Barkley who needs to look in the mirror before he talks.
Nevertheless, the TNT crew had fun with Barkley. Fair warning: you might go blind at the photos of Sir Charles.
In the playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, it was clear Duncan needed help patrolling the paint. The Suns took advantage and Spurs fans saw Steve Nash and even Goran Dragic get to the rim with ease. Considering there was no weak-side help defense.
Splitter would be a nice fit. He is young, at 25 years old, and his experience from international competition should help his transition into the NBA less difficult. Not to mention he was named the 2009-2010 ACB MVP which speak volumes about his ability to play the game.
But there is on huge question: will he opt to stay overseas and look for a pay-day or will he realize his dream and play in the NBA?
With the Spurs over the salary-cap, the team will be salary-conscious and will probably offer Splitter the mid-level exemption which is about 5.85 million. But will that be enough to lure him to play in San Antonio? Getting Splitter doesn't necessarily mean the Spurs will be back in the title hunt, nor will it solve all the Spurs' issues but it does address an immediate concern.
Splitter can provide the Spurs more size in the paint, another scoring option in the post, and a defensive boost to their aging and undersized front-court. If that happens, the Spurs will have a front-court rotation of Duncan, Splitter, McDyess and Blair which looks very good on paper.
However, Duncan not only needs a "side kick" in the paint, he will also need more rest to stay efficient and effective. Blair has proven he can provide meaningful minutes while Duncan rests but he is too undersized against most bigs in the league which creates match-up problems. McDyess can still defend and hit the occasional jumpers but at 35 years old, he will need to reserve his energy for the post-season play.
Aside from Splitter, the Spurs need yet another big-man who can fill in some minutes for the Spurs. So what about Ian Mahinmi?
It may seem that the Spurs have waited long enough for Mahinmi to show he was worth being drafted but the reality is, he has only played a total of 32 games in his NBA career averaging 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 61.2% from the field and 71.4% from the free throw line in just 5.9 minutes of playing time.
If Splitter plays out well, assuming he comes to play for the Spurs next season, the Spurs will have the luxury of giving the Duncan the night off during the second sets of back-to-backs. This will make the Spurs a better team in the long run.
What do you guys think? Is Splitter enough to solve the Spurs' front-court issues? Does Mahinmi deserve a legitimate chance to prove he can play with the Spurs or is there another free-agent big man worth considering in the coming off-season? Share us your thoughts.
Congratulations to Tiago Splitter as he was named the ACB 2009-2010 MVP.
Entrenadores, jugadores, medios de comunicación y aficionados han refrendado lo que durante toda la campaña se había estado viendo: que Tiago Splitter es el MVP Orange de la ACB 2009-10.
Spurs fans feel Splitter is the missing big man in the middle to help the team push for another title next season. However, with European teams having no salary-cap, Splitter can either look for a pay-day and stay overseas or fulfill his NBA dream and play for the Spurs next season. Hopefully he choses to come to the Spurs.no comments
Arianné is back for the latest Spanish edition of the Spurscast. In this episode, Arianne recaps the last playoff game for the Spurs against the Phoenix Suns and gives all the latest Spurs news.
Remember, Project Spurs was the first Spurs blog to have a Spurs podcast and the first to have a Spanish podcast for Spanish-speaking fans.
Arianne regreso con el Spurscast en Español mas reciente. En este episodio Arianné repasa el ultimo juego de los Spurs contra los soles de Phoenix y mucho mas notacias de los Spurs.
Recuerden que Project Spurs fue la primera página de Internet en tener un podcast de Los Spurs y la primera en tener un podcast en español para los fanáticos de habla hispana.
One of the more glaring areas of concern for the San Antonio Spurs is having reliable shooters on the team to spread the floor. This was exposed during the playoffs. Especially in the series against the Phoenix Suns.
You might be reading this and thinking to yourself, "We have Matt Bonner and Roger Mason." Well there is your problem. Bonner and Mason have been "no shows" when it really matters -- the playoffs.
Bonner, for as much as he has great games during the regular season, when it has come to the playoffs, he tends to be a non-factor. In the 2008-2009 playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks and even in this past playoff run against the Mavericks and Suns, Bonner was a "no-show." Though I will give him his due. He did have two good games against the Suns in game two and three contributing 14 and 11 points.
Still, his stats show a drop off. Take this season for example. During the regular season, Bonner shot 44% from the floor and 39% from the three-point line. Come playoff time, his percentages dropped to 43% from inside the arch and 37% from the three-point line. This resulted in five points per game in the playoffs as opposed to the seven points he averaged in the regular season. His career playoff averages are 36% from the field and 31% from the three-point line.
You might think it's not that much of a drop off but this is the playoffs! Every player has to step it up. And with Bonner's reputation as a "reliable" shooter, the Spurs sure could have used a bit more consistency from him in this season's playoffs.
Mason on the other hand, well, all season long he demanded to be traded, wanted more minutes, and just wasn't the "Mason" Spurs fans saw last season. His shooting touch was, in a word, unreliable. In his first season with the Spurs he shot 42% and this season he dropped to 38%. From the three-point line, last season he shot 42% and this past season he shot 33%. During this past playoff run, he averaged 0.5 points. For his playoff career, he has averaged 36% from the field and 31% from behind the arch. Granted his minutes were down this season but when given time on the floor, he did not make a strong case for continued minutes. Mason, who was a complete non-factor for the 2009-2010 season, will more than likely not be in a Spurs uniform next season.
Bottom line, these two players were not reliable when the Spurs needed them and with both being free-agents, why not look at three available free agents in this summer's crop who are reliable shooters.
Jason Kapono, Philadelphia 76ers. Though he has a player option, Kapono is a deadly shooter especially when it comes to the three-point shot. He averaged 36% from the three-line and 41% from the floor last season. His career playoff shooting averages are 55% from the field and 53% from the three-point line.
Kyle Korver, Utah Jazz. Known for his outside shooting touch, Korver can definitely hit a timely shot form the floor when needed. Ask the Los Angeles Lakers in their series match-up with the Jazz. For his playoff career, he has averaged 42% from the field and 36% from the three-point line.
Eddie House, New York Knicks. Put the ball in his hands and he will be ready to knock down the shot. For his playoff career, House has averaged 40% from the field and 38% from the three-point line.
Expect the Spurs will be financially conscious as they tweak the team this off-season. Also, chances of them getting players like Korver or Kapono are low (mainly because of financial reasons) but if they intend to make another push for a title, why not find a shooter who might not pull a disappearing act in the playoffs.
The Spurs will probably resign Bonner but with the above mentioned free-agents available, and if the team is willing to remain over the salary-cap, the Spurs should at least entertain the thought of finding better and more reliable shooters.
For those Spurs fans who have not visited Tony Parker's website site, you are missing some great videos.
Though the videos are in French, (note: Parker says "Let's shoot this f&$ker" in one of the videos as he was ready to start filming so NSFW) they are nonetheless entertaining to watch.
Take for example this video as he is preparing to shoot a commercial. Click HERE to watch Parker's videos.
(photo by Rita for Project Spurs)
According to the NY Daily News (via Yahoo! Sports), Spurs' guard Tony Parker is interested in playing for the NY Knicks despite Parker stating his desire to remain with the Spurs.
Parker has denied his interest, but sources tell the Daily News he's interested.
Sure Spurs fans have seen the other Parker/Knicks trade rumors but this time, the report mentions Parker is "interested."
Is this just another empty Parker trade rumor or is this becoming a case of "where there is smoke, there is fire?"
De antemano les pido disculpas por haberme ausentado unas semanas. Pero hoy estaré repasando con ustedes el último juego de nuestra temporada 2009-2010.
Sabes que de hecho yo hubiera sido feliz, aunque hubiéramos perdido. Con el simplehecho de que hubiera sido en 5-6. Pero en 4? Eso fue una vergüenza para un equipo que ha ganado 4 campeonatos.
Pero bueno, deja comienzo por repasar ese último juego que no solo nos frustro si no que también trajo una gran decepción a muchos de los seguidores. Tengo que aceptar que el juego si fue bastante emocionante ya que estuvimos muy cerca de ganarlo pero también me toca reconocer que fue un juego de lo mas mediocre en mi opinión.
Los Spurs tuvimos demasiadas oportunidades para triunfar durante la serie completa y en los cuatro juegos nos fallaron.
En fin para este juego final de los Spurs nuestro mas grande contribuidor fue Tony Parker con 22 puntos y 5 asistencias, de ahí le siguieron Tim Duncan y Hill ya que ambos contribuyeron con 17 puntos cada uno y Manu Ginobili con 15 para este juego.
En total el puntuaje para los Spurs fue de 25 puntos en el primer cuarto vs. los Soles de Phoenix que solo 19 puntos. Para el segundo cuarto los Soles comenzaron a recuperarse ya que sobre pasaron a los Spurs terminando el medio tiempo con un puntuaje de 50 a 47, los soles llevando la delantera.
Durante el tercer cuarto fue cuando Tim Duncan le da un codazo a Nash ocasionandole así una muy dolorosa lesión a su ojo derecho. No obstante el jugador no se dio por vencido. Solo lo sacaron de la cancha por el resto del cuarto tiempo de juego para que descansara su ojo y mientras pasaba el tiempo solo se le hinchaba mas.
Aunque para este tercer cuarto los Spurs anotaron 2 puntos mas que lo que anotaron los soles, ellos aun llevaron la delantera por tan solo un punto ya que terminaron el tercer cuarto 72 a 71.
Para el ultimo cuarto la tensión se sentía, y de hecho fue cuando ambos equipos anotaron mas puntos en comparación a los primeros cuartos. Los Spurs lograron anotar 30 puntos, Hill de los Spurs anotando una canasta de tres puntos justo al final logrando que llegáramos a estar a solo 3 puntos de un empate con los soles de phoenix. Pero los soles no se dejaron vencer anotando ellos 35 puntos durante este ultimo cuarto para su equipo logrando así la final y vergonzosa eliminación de
Los Spurs terminando el juego con un puntuaje de 107 a 101. Con mucha pena por tercera vez en la historia de la franquicia fuimos derrotados en tan solo cuatro juegos.
Ese fue el dia de las madres (por cierto felicidades a todas las madrecitas lindas y luchadoras que no seriamos nadie sin ustedes) y yo le dije a mi hijo Alec que tiene 8 años “All I want for Mother’s Day is for the Spurs to win tonights’ game.” Lo unico que yo quiero para el dia de las madres es que los Spurs ganen el juego de esta noche, esta bien que los eliminen pero que por lo menos hoy ganemos y cuando estaba por terminarse el juego me dijo mi hijo, “I guess you’re not getting your gift then."no comments