Looks like the Spurs will remain in Dallas. After losing to the Mavericks in their final regular season game, the Spurs will open the 2010 NBA Playoffs against their interstate rival beginning this Sunday.
Here is the schedule and let the smack-talk begin!
No. 2 Dallas vs. No. 7 San Antonio
|Game 1||Sun April 18||San Antonio at Dallas||8:00PM||TNT|
|Game 2||Wed April 21||San Antonio at Dallas||9:30PM||TNT|
|Game 3||Fri April 23||Dallas at San Antonio||9:30PM||ESPN|
|Game 4||Sun April 25||Dallas at San Antonio||7:00PM||TNT|
|Game 5*||Tue April 27||San Antonio at Dallas||TBD||TBD|
|Game 6*||Thu April 29||Dallas at San Antonio||TBD||TBD|
|Game 7*||Sat May 1||San Antonio at Dallas||TBD||TNT|
Apparently April 14 is not just any other day. A long time ago, in a blogosphere far, far away, fellow NBA Bloguin brother, Don, from With-Malice deemed today, "Unsung Hero" day.
Here is how Don described it:
"April 14th: ‘Unsung Player Day'... we should recognize the guys who toil and work hard every day, for no recognition. Well, today's your day. In reality, these guys are just as responsible for making the NBA what it is today - every team needs role-players, guys to come on and give that valuable 2-5 minutes. Without them, there is no NBA. I would encourage NBA bloggers to put up an ‘unsung player' on their blog on April 14th. What's an 'Unsung Player'? A role player who gives his all in the 2-5 minutes he gets per game (try to be definitely under 10 minutes). Someone who doesn't get a lot of recognition..."
So without further adieu, here is our "Unsung Hero," Matt Bonner.
Sure he is such an easy target to poke fun. Awkward run, pale-white skin, cheesy grin and full of ginger awesomeness but when it comes down to it, he is a vital role player for the San Antonio Spurs.
It seems the long NBA season has taken its toll on the young rookie-forward in San Antonio, DeJuan Blair. If you look at the month of March, for example, his averages have dropped from 7.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest to 5.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 18 minutes a game. The rookie is also averaging nearly two turnovers per game.
“He’s a young basketball player,” says Spurs coach
And just when it seemed Blair was hitting the wall face first, came his performance in a Spurs' victory over the Denver Nuggets,
“I thought he hit a wall a couple weeks ago, but he’s come out of it,” said Popovich. “I think he’s starting to regenerate.”
With the playoffs around the corner, a giant question is will Pop continue to give
He has had trouble staying consistent this season. If the playoffs started today, one potential team the Spurs would face would be the Dallas Mavericks, and
In his three meetings with Dallas,
Blair also struggled this season against the first place Lakers. If by some miracle the Spurs were to face the Lakers in the later rounds of the Western Conference Playoffs,
Of the top Western Conference teams,
Blair has the one thing needed to scale the rookie wall seeing how the playoffs are fast approaching -- a desire to grow as a player and learn the game. And there is no one better to learn from then the greatest power forward to ever lace them up,
“He’s a young guy and he’s willing to learn,” said
This week's mailbag comes from Winston C. who trying to tell his friend just how good Tim Duncan is on the court.
"My friend and I are big time basketball fans. We're both 15 so we've obviously missed part of Duncan's career. Well I haven't. I've been watching the Spurs since I was 4 and he's been watching the Rockets since he was 11. Obviously he's missed a lot of Duncan's career, but seen a lot of Howard's. I'd given him stat comparisons between the two players proving Duncan is better and similar stuff. I need professional writers, you guys, to write an article that I can enjoy and share with him proving why Duncan is better AND why Duncan is the best Power forward of All time. I cannot understand why he doesn't think Duncan is the best power forward of all time. He's ignorant and needs to be informed. Please help me in this situation. Many thanks guys." --- Winston C.
Thanks for this question and I think it actually deserves a full article on Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard. But to prove your point here are some facts.
Arianné and Jeff are back for the latest Spanish edition of the Spurscast. In this episode, Arianne recaps the last games for the Spurs, and we discuss Manu Ginobili's new contract and the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Spurs.
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.
Jeff y yo estamos de regreso con el Spurscast en Español mas reciente. En este episodio Arianné repasa los juegos de los Spurs y discutimos el mas nuevo contracto de Manu Ginobili con los Spurs y los Lakers de Los Angeles contra 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.
By Jeff Cerda, Project Spurs
The Spurs knew they could not afford to lose another game to a opponent with a losing record, and they played like it early in the game. The
The first quarter started off with a Matt Bonner three-point shot assisted by
After the Wolves'
In the second quarter the
The teams exchanged baskets to put the game at 49-43 Spurs. But this is when things really got going for the Spurs. The Spurs went on a 20-4 run which included a 10-0 run at one point but what was more impressive was that in the whole quarter they went on a 32-8 run. Needless to say the Spurs were off and running away with this game. The runs had the Spurs up big at the half, 69-47.
In the third quarter the Spurs did not let off of the pedal and kept making the
The Spurs shot 60% from the field as the
By the time the fourth quarter came around the
· The Spurs got 79 points from their bench, outscoring the
· The Spurs clinched their eleventh straight 50 win season, the longest active streak in the NBA.
The Spurs ended their home game season at 29-12 while the
Join Jeff and I along with several guests and hopefully a ton of callers as we officially record our 200th episode of the Spurscast.
We'll be live for over five hours from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST. We have some great guests lined up and some awesome prizes to give out.
We'll discuss our beginnings from episode one recorded in May of 2005, talk to someone that has been around as a listener since the early days, reminisce and if we get enough callers, play a few minutes of the Spurscast that has our very own Jeff Garcia has forbidden me to play until now.
For every five callers, Jeff is letting me play one minute of a 15 minute long, epic drunken Spurscast. Luckily I was sober to record it all, so be sure to get your calls in. We'll be taking them throughout the five hour show and we'll have a live chat running the entire time.
If you tweet about the show, please use the hashtag #spurscast200 and stay with us all day as one person will be able to win a one-year subscription to SLAM Magazine among other giveaways.
According to Chris Tomasson of NBA Fanhouse, Spurs forward Richard Jefferson is considering opting out of his contract this summer, the same contract that would pay him $15 million next season.
And Spurs fans rejoice.
Jefferson has caught the ire of Spurs fans all season long because his contributions on the court never matched his salary. While he's started to find his role and contribute more lately, Jefferson's contract handicaps the Spurs from being a player in free agency this Summer.
According to Tomasson, Jefferson will look at several factors before deciding whether or not to opt out before the June 30 deadline.
Jefferson said he will look at several factors before the opt-out deadline of June 30. Those include what the NBA's economic climate looks like due to the possibility of a 2011 lockout, how the free-agent market sizes up, how the Spurs' future looks and how they do in the playoffs.
"If you win a championship, you might opt out,'' he said. "If you lose in the first round, you might stay. You can't say it's going to be one way or the other. That would be foolish (to not take many factors into account). Guys like LeBron (James), it doesn't matter.''
Jefferson, who never really has fit in with the Spurs and whose scoring average is the lowest since his rookie season of 2001-02, said his value is not as high with a slower-tempo team such as San Antonio as it would be with more up-and-down unit. Jefferson played with faster-paced New Jersey from 2001-08, and twice averaged more than 22 points in a season.
After signing Manu Ginobili to a three-year, $40 million extension, Jefferson's $15 million off the books would be some major cap relief for the Spurs, who are currently in position to pay the luxury tax a second straight year next season.
If Jefferson opts out, could Tiago Splitter be in a Spurs uniform soon?