- The Spurs have won six of their last seven games.
- Jefferson led the way for the Spurs with 19 points and nine rebounds.
- The Wolves only scored 15 points in the third quarter.
- Tim Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds for the night.
- Spurs shot 49.4% from the field, went 5-22 from the three-point line shooting 22.7%, 14-18 from the free-throw line shooting 77.8%, grabbed 48 rebounds, 10 turnovers.
- Spurs bench scored 38 points led by Keith Bogans with 10 off the bench.
- The newest Spur, Cedric Jackson, finished with six points, one assist and three rebounds in 8:41 of playing time.
- The Spurs record is now 38-25. They remain in seventh place in the Western Conference and will next play the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday night in San Antonio.
Spurs fans were delighted to see Manu Ginobili finally get some rest over the summer heading into this season after battling an injury plagued 2008-2009 season. And with Ginobili looking like the Ginobili Spurs fans know, the following might not be what fans want to hear.
"The tournament in Turkey is coming soon and as it gets closer, I am more and more looking forward to playing it," Ginobili said. "It would be a strange feeling not to be part of the World Championship, it's inevitable."
The tournament Manu is referring to is the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey this summer.
I am sure the issue of him playing this summer will enter into any contract extension discussions he and the Spurs have. He is a free agent after this season, and should the Spurs not resign him, he will be an in demand player.
Regarding his future in the NBA, Manu said, "Secondly, I don't have a team just yet and I don't know what I will do."
For the full article click FIBA.com HERE.
In January, they took advantage and picked up wins against relatively weaker opponents except this time they've done it against playoff caliber teams.
With the way things are presently going and considering how his team has played this season, Coach Pop remains cautious about the Spurs' recent resurgence.
He said. "We'll see if we can keep our rhythm going, it's real important this time of year to try to do that. It will build our confidence and build some consistency." Indeed, the Spurs need to keep improving and be consistent and they seem to have responded.
However, just when things seemed to be getting on the winning path, the Spurs lost Tony Parker to injury for the remainder of the regular season. Ginobili said. "It's devastating, I'm not saying we were turning the corner, but if we had a chance, it was with the whole team healthy."
Nevertheless the Spurs should be encouraged with Ginobili's recent play. He is beginning to look a lot like the Manu of old. With Tim Duncan steady as ever and George rising to the occasion, this team should have enough reason to believe that a season turnaround is possible.
The Spurs will have to move on without Parker, and with every game being crucial at this point, they must take advantage of their upcoming games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat. All of which they have beaten this season. This should be a good chance for them to move up in the standings.
With only one and a half game behind fifth placed Oklahoma City Thunder, it is possible for the Spurs to be at middle of the pack in the West by mid March.
The team needs to stay focused and continue to have a concerted effort to sustain their momentum.
After playing the Miami Heat, the Spurs will enter arguably their toughest stretch of their season. In a span of seven games, they will face six playoff teams -- the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
If they intend to make a winning run towards the end of the season, the Spurs can't rely mainly on old reliables Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
With Tony Parker injured, they will need George Hill to continue his solid play, DeJuan Blair and Malik Hairston to provide the much needed boost from the bench, Antonio McDyess to play consistent basketball, Keith Bogans to stay steady on defense, Roger Mason and Matt Bonner to hit their shots, and Richard Jefferson to be a better player on both ends of the floor.
In short, for the Spurs to be successful, players have to step up and try to fill the void that Tony Parker had left. But more importantly, they have to improve their overall defense. Otherwise they could find themselves battling just to get a playoff spot.
The Spurs are known for their defense and have relied on it to win championships. In the past seven seasons, the Spurs have led the league twice in defensive efficiency rating and their worst finish in that category was at sixth place which happened last season. Right now, they are only ninth in the league in defensive efficiency. An indication that their overall defense is on the decline.
This means, the Spurs have to put their defense in a higher gear and will need a total team effort to get things done. It's easier said than done but the last few games have provided signs this team is starting to hit their stride.
What do you think? Will the Spurs be able to turn the proverbial "corner" and make a serious run towards the post season or will they come up short and not make the playoffs all together?
Michael and Jeff went live minutes after the Spurs win over the Knicks to break down the game and take your calls.
We looked at and analyzed each quarter, went over the box score and final game stats and even in a win, recognized that the Spurs continue to have third quarter meltdowns, which could've cost them the entire game.
We also spoke with Orange and Blue from Knicks Fanatics Blog and got his postgame reaction.
Our next live show will be next Wednesday, March 17 for the game against the Orlando Magic.
Yesterday, the Spurs signed guard Cedric Jackson to a 10-day contract. Yes, that's right, Cedric Jackson. So by now you're wondering who the heck this guy is, why the Spurs signed him and what he can bring to the Spurs, so allow me to give you a closer look at Cedric Jackson.
The 6-3 point guard out of Cleveland State has been playing with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League, and he's made quite a splash in his rookie year with season averages of 15.8 points, 7.4 assists and 5 rebounds per game.
He was not expected to start at the point for the BayHawks, but he earned the nod and the respect of his coaches, teammates and fans.
As we all know by now, Jackson was signed to play some backup point guard while Tony Parker is out with a broken hand for the next six weeks.
But let's get down to brass tacks, what can Jackson actually do for this team and what should Spurs fans expect?
According to Matt Hubert of Blog Talk BayHawk, his game is very similar to Tony Parker's in that he uses his speed to drive to the basket and finish over bigger defenders.
"In my opinion, Jackson is a great pickup by San Antonio. Like Parker, Jackson is lightning quick off the dribble, and he has an uncanny knack for getting to—and finishing at—the rim," Hubert said on his blog. "Just how fiercely does Jackson attack the rim? Well, he has taken nearly a quarter of the BayHawks' free throws this season (219 of the team's 980 attempts) despite missing nine games during his time with the Cavs."
While Jackson may be able to finish in the paint and has the "lightning" speed like Parker, he also shares a similar trait and struggle Parker had early on in his career.
While Jackson shoots 41 percent from the field, his percentages decrease drastically when he steps behind the arc, connecting on 28 percent of his treys.
The Spurs however, aren't really in need of another deep threat, and instead need someone that can dish and possibly put the defense on their heels, which is exactly Jackson's calling card.
"This guy can get up in a hurry and makes great decisions on the break which really impresses me for a rookie being one year out of college," Hubert said.
This isn't Jackson's first call-up this year. He was signed to two ten-day contracts with Cleveland earlier this season, and without him, the BayHawks struggled, going 1-8 without him.
Since his return to Erie, Jackson went off on a few occasions. In a loss against the Toros, Jackson had 34 points, 13 assists and 5 rebounds. Earlier this month against Iowa, he showed he's capable of more than scoring and dishing as he ended the game with 30 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
So how does that translate to the NBA. Unfortunately, his stint with the Cavs wasn't much of a barometer since Jackson only played in 5 games and didn't get more than 2:42 of playing time and even got as little as 15 seconds in one game.
That should change in his second NBA stint, as the Spurs will need a good decision-maker who will look to help his teammates.
So we know that Jackson is quick and can get to the basket, but what about Jackson made the Spurs pick him up instead of going into their own backyard and picking up someone like Curtis Jerrells of the Toros.
Jackson is a leader, and he has been ever since he was at Cleveland State, but he also has confidence, the must-have trait in a point guard, and the trait that has sent several former Spurs backup guards packing. Jackson also excels in transition, on the fast break and the thing that likely sold the Spurs more than anything else, his defensive prowess.
He was the Horizon League defensive player of the year playing for Cleveland State last year and he ranks as the top defensive point guard in the D-League, according to Ridiculous Upside.
"He's not very big (6'3", 190) but he is very athletic and plays the passing lanes quite well - he has great instincts," Ridiculous Upside's Scott Schroeder wrote.
In San Antonio, Jackson could benefit from a shooting coach like Chip Engelland, and having Parker and Hill mentoring him would also work to his benefit.
But the question is, can Jackson stick? Does he have a chance to turn his 10-day contract into a contract for the rest of the season.
Accord to BayHawks coach John Treloar, he's still got some time and work to put in.
"He's making progress," Treloar said. "He's got a long way to go to become an NBA point guard that plays a lot of minutes, but it's another great opportunity for him."
An opportunity that could possibly lead to Jackson realizing his NBA dreams, even if it isn't with the Spurs.
"Im hoping that Popovich and the coaching staff see the same things I've seen all season," Hubert said. "I really do think Jackson can contribute on a consistent level with an NBA team as a backup change-of-pace guard."
Hubert also went on to say that he expects Jackson to be on an NBA team's roster on opening day next season. But for now, Jackson has a locker and a 10-day contract...and he couldn't be happier.
Hubert interview on The Spurscast Live
The San Antonio Spurs took on the New York Knicks last night and pulled out the win. Final score 97-87. Though the Spurs did get the win, there were some glaring issues in this game. Let's move to the third quarter.
As usual the third quarter melt down. In the quarter, the Spurs committed eight turnovers (13 for the game) which allowed the Knicks to cut what was once a 15 point deficit to just seven points after three quarters.
Fortunately the Spurs were hitting their free-throws, hitting 9-10 from the charity stripe. This kept the Knicks at a distance as the teams headed into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter did not start off well for the Spurs. Knicks cut the Spurs lead down to one point as the Spurs could not get it going on either end of the court. Telling moment was mid-way through the fourth, Tim Duncan had the ball in the low block and the other Spurs were not moving. Duncan angrily yelled at someone to move, when Keith Bogans slashed to the basket for an easy lay-up.
Eventually the Spurs did get things on the right track as they outscored the Knicks 14-5 in the final 3:58 of the game.
Knicks died by the three-point shot tonight shooting 2-17. Care to explain why Mike D'Antoni did not go away from this?
Mike came to New York with the philosophy that any open shot is a good shot, especially if it can get you three points. He was so enamored by it that he taught it to Jared Jeffries the defensive specialist who was turning into a main offensive option. You have no idea how offensive that concept was. Any way, D'Antoni has toned it down a bit since he started but he favors allowing shooters to shoot themselves back into their rhythm. It doesn't seem to matter whether it takes a quarter or a third of the season for them to regain it.
The Spurs struggled in the third quarter, committing eight turnovers and not shooting well from the field yet the Knicks did not capitalize. Care to explain?
No. Not really. Actually the Knicks did take advantage of it by reducing the lead from 15 to 7 by the end of the quarter. What more do you want from expiring contracts and a knee rehab project?
Your impressions on how the Knicks defended Tim Duncan and your impressions on the Spurs team overall.
The Knicks defended Duncan fairly well. He holds the ball too long and forces it too much for my liking. He tied Blair with the most turnovers (3) on the team. Lee did a decent job of keeping his wide body between him and the basket and Duncan did not abuse us with that spin move often.
Manu Ginobli is da man. The Spurs clearly have some nice young pieces and some other pieces they need to replace ASAP. Richard Jefferson is very likable but his game is not going to cut it for you guys unless he becomes a lot more aggressive in the paint on offense and defense. He doesn't have enough alpha dog in him. Roger Mason reminds me of the athletic guys I play against in the Y -- all movement, no results. Hairston, Hill and Blair are very nice. I also have a soft spot in my heart for McDyess who overcame so much after once being considered the hope for the Knicks. However, the Spurs need some more size -- either a nice draft pick, good free agent or a sweetheart deal like the Celtics (Kevin Garnett), Lakers (Pau Gasol) or Cavs (Antwan Jamison). Maybe your boy in OakCity will give you Kevin Durant for Mason. (ROFLMAO -- only it will never happen).
Time after time the Knicks settled for jumpers. Had to be frustrating.
Asked and answered. OK, it sucks, but we're used to it now. Just waiting for July 2011.
Was there anything positive for Knicks fans to take away from this game?
One game closer to the end of the season. On second thought, Danilo was still showing more aggression although folks are still over selling his game. But his play matters since I am fairly sure he will be with the Knicks next year.
- Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs with 28 points, six rebounds and five assists.
- After a horrible game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Antonio McDyess scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
- Richard Jefferson and Roger Mason both had not-so-great nights. Jefferson finished with 0-2 shooting, seven rebounds, one steal and zero points in 17:55 minutes of play. Mason finished with 0-3 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, one turnover and zero points in 15:26 minutes of play.
- Jefferson went scoreless for the first time since January 2006.
- The Spurs bench scored 16 points for the game.
- Tim Duncan with another solid night with 18 points and nine rebounds and Keith Bogans chipped in with 13 points and George Hill with 12 points.
- Spurs didn't hit a field goal for the final 5:35 of the third quarter.
- Knicks have now lost seven straight games in San Antonio. Their last win was in 2003.
- Spurs record is now 37-25, they are seventh in the Western Conference, and will next face the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night.
(Photos D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images)
Tonight, the Spurs will be celebrating Noche Latina when the Spurs take on the New York Knicks in the AT&T Center. Noche Latina honors Hispanic fans and players with Latin-themed activities, including music, performances, and giveaways.
With the Spurs playing in San Antonio, the Hispanic influence, in particular the Mexican culture, is felt not only in the community, but even within the Spurs franchise itself.
So today Project Spurs celebrates with the NBA and the Spurs, Noche Latina, with an article in Spanish from Project Spurs' very own, Arianne Villanueva. Here she spotlights Manu Ginobili and what he does off the court to represent Hispanics not only in San Antonio, but also in Argentina.
By Arianne Villanueva
La NBA estará celebrando su evento anual “Noche Latina” esta noche durante y después del juego de Los Spurs en contra de Los Knicks de Nueva York. Este es el cuarto año consecutivo en el cual el NBA se ha tomado el tiempo de reconocer a al comunidad Hispana y a sus fanáticos. Esta Noche, Los Spurs estarán presentando actividades Latinas dentro de la arena que incluirán música, funciones, y regalando premios.
Con los Spurs como anfitriones en su noche de festividades, nosotros aquí en Project Spurs nos enfocamos en la cultura Hispana de nuestro equipo, y que mejor manera de hacerlo que reconociendo a nuestra Espuela Argentina, Manu Ginobili.
Aun que los logros de Manu Ginobili sobre la cancha son bastante conocidos, fuera de la cancha el orgullosamente también representa a la comunidad Latina. En la ciudad de San Antonio, el aparece en varios anuncios en Español y esta involucrado con la comunidad Latina al igual que con la comunidad Argentina en su tierra natal.
La mayoría de gente en San Antonio sabe que Manu Ginobili “Aun es un cliente de Time Warner” ya que a sido visto en anuncios para Time Warner en Español. El también aparece en anuncios para la tienda de comida H-E-B, una cadena de tiendas de mercado local en Texas. Manu también se mantiene activo en numerosos proyectos de caridad incluyendo la “Fundación Manu Ginobili”, que entre tantas actividades sostiene una clínica de deportes para niños mentalmente incapacitados en Buenos Aires.
El talento sobre la cancha, el carisma, y la humildad que posee Manu Ginobili le ha ayudado a ganarse el corazón de los fanáticos que hacen parte de la comunidad latina en la cuidad de San Antonio y por el mundo entero. Es por eso que yo como fanática Latina de Los Spurs al igual que muchos mas, siento la orgullosa necesidad de cantarle a Manu el coro Argentino….Olé, Olé, Olé…Manu, Manu.
Gracias Manu, por representar a la comunidad Latina de una manera en la cual nos enorgullece a todos.
On this episode of the Eighth Seed (or Sixth Seed, since we were missing John Karalis and Zach Harper), we discussed All-Star weekend becoming more lame and boring by the year and what the NBA can do to fix it.
We talked about the winners and losers of the NBA trade deadline, if the Jamison trade makes the Cavs the clear-cut favorites for the crown and which teams set themselves up to be players in free agency this offseason.
Each of the guys also gave an outlook on the second half of the season for their respective teams and apparently Rey Moralde thinks auto-tune should be for podcasters too.
The rest of the 8th Seed crew is:
Rey Moralde from The No Look Pass
Glenn Moore from The Dug Out Sports Show
Jared Wade from 8 Points, 9 Seconds & Both Teams Played Hard
Zach Harper from Cowbell Kingdom & Talk Hoops
John Karalis from Reds Army
Adam Best from Fansided
Tonight the San Antonio Spurs will face the New York Knicks in San Antonio, so who better to turn to than an NBA Bloguin Brother, LIVES from Knicks Fanatics Blog for a gameday Q&A. Check out the Knicks Fanatics Blog for some of the best NY Knicks coverage on the net. Why? Well imagine a young Pam Grier, Sophia Loren and Jayne Kennedy in an old-school Knicks dance team. So worth the read.
In this Q&A, I ask him whether or not Lebron James will be a Knick, he wished Spurs fans warned Knicks fans about Mike D'Antoni, and breaks it down on what to expect from tonight's game from the Knicks. All this and much more!
Are Knick fans still holding out hope that LeBron James will be with the New York Knicks next season?
To a great extent Knick fandom is in absolute disarray which is what happens when your team is in absolute disarray and constantly losing. Knicks fans are all over the place emotionally and intellectually. A few are still holding out hope against reality that New York is the ultimate destination for a basketball star regardless of money and the quality of the team. I understand that even the team was still exploiting this hope by selling next year's season tickets as "LeBron Insurance." Yet, despite our longing optimism more and more New York fans are starting to see the reality over the marketing. LeBron James is most likely not coming to New York except to play a couple of games of horse against the Knicks and watch the Yankees.
Mike D'Antoni. Your thoughts on what he has done for the Knicks and is he the right coach to lead this team back into the playoffs?
Ah, Mike D'Antoni. Ye Spurs knew him well and were not neighborly enough to warn us.
Judge a coach by how he responds to pressure and difficulties, especially if he is the source of much of it.
Mike D'Antoni has suffered much under Donnie Walsh's 2010 plan which was really a concept more than a plan -- the concept was to get under the cap and pretend to be competitive towards the playoffs. Donnie had hoped (and so had I quite frankly) that while he dismantled the team and turned it into expiring contracts, D'Antoni would shape those contracts into an exciting up-tempo product for the fans. The notion was that an exciting product would tide us over until we got to the summer of 2010 and seduced one of the big three -- LeBron, Wade, Bosh. Unfortunately, Donnie Walsh didn't really think this through when he hired a coach who skipped out on Phoenix because they lost confidence in his 7 Seconds of Less program and who avoided the Chicago Bulls because they doubted the efficacy of his "a great offense=a good defense" strategy.
In all fairness to Mike, Walsh has built this team on malcontents and bench retreads. The majority of his non-draft personnel decisions, including hiring Mike D'Antoni, has brought in someone either at odds with their previous employer, a player rotting and brooding on an opponent's bench (Chris Duhon, Al Harrington, Larry Hughes, Tracey McGrady) or someone damn near retired (Jonathon Bender, Cuttino Mobley, Tracey McGrady). Mike also came into an environment where he did not have his type of players. He was forced to work with Walsh in a ridiculously elongated effort to kick out Stephon Marbury. He never really warmed up to Nate Robinson and he thought that David Lee was not fast enough to play his type of ball. So you can say he did not have the tools.
Regardless, D'Antoni's job was to coach these players and create a team. He did not. Under the stress D'Antoni has revealed himself as the wrong coach for this city. Beneath that smile and usually friendly (but competitive) demeanor, he can be mean-spirited and short sighted. He plays favorites and does not treat his team as a team. He treats his select players as a team. In this case, his pets have been Chris Duhon, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari. Stubbornly sticking with Chris Duhon as his starting point was just sheer arrogance and stupidity if winning was his goal. His management of Nate Robinson, one of his most skilled players, was appalling. His team's lack of defense is even more appalling and he very readily blames the players for his lack of preparation and his poor coaching.
David Lee. I seriously love his game and was glad he was an NBA All-Star this year. Will he be out of a Knicks uniform next season?
I believe the main reason the Knicks worked so hard to clear so much cap space was not for a second max player. Management was working on a math problem which indicated they did not have enough space to build a team AND get a high quality max free agent. Without that flexibility, the Knicks would be unable to make a run at David Lee whose rights they are probably going to renounce in order to open their options.
I don't know David Lee, but lately he has been vocally frustrated at the criticism of his defense and it seems that he is tired of being blamed for D'Antoni's poor defense. Lee knows he can get better, but he also understands that he is playing out of position every night at the five spot. For the Knick's David Lee at the five is suicidal, if not out right stupid. Lee is right, he should not play the five night in and night out, but he does do an admirable job sometimes, especially when he has help, the guards are rotating and staying in front of their man, and the team is communicating as a whole. My bad, that usually doesn't happen.
Seriously, if I am David Lee, I leave the Knicks. Mike D'Antoni has mis-used him and the Knicks did not treat him as he would have liked over the summer. Although they gave him a larger contract than they were technically obligated to, it contained a bonus for the playoffs which the Knicks did not give him a real chance to achieve. He should be pissed and they should give him the bonus anyway. He has been a loyal soldier through horrid regimes and he has developed a new aspect of his game every year. Many Knicks fans don't like him because of his lack of defensive skills and intensity, but I would not be surprised if he developed that part of his game over the summer. I think any team that is really a team would love David Lee. He's a real baller.
What is the key match-up for Spurs and Knicks fans to watch out for tonight?
I'm not sure there is one key match-up since the Spurs, more than most teams, play as a unit not a collection of individuals. I would focus on two different match-ups: David Lee against Tim Duncan and the opposing backcourts, Manu Ginobli and George Hill against Sergio Rodriguez and Toney Douglas. If the Spurs run and pound the ball inside, I will go to sleep early tonight. If Douglas and Rodriguez can run at all and keep the Spurs backcourt squeaking its heels on both ends of the court, I may go to sleep late and happy.
What can Spurs fans expect to see from this Knicks team tonight and if you were coaching, what would your game plan be versus the Spurs?
Their are three keys, beyond showing up, to beating my Knicks. The Spurs must play at least 2 1/2 quarters of solid defense, they must concentrate on scoring in the paint and not get lulled into trading treys and perimeter jumpers and they can dismantle and discombobulate the Knicks with up-tempo, fast break offense because the Knicks have no transition defense. If the Spurs walk the ball up the court on offense, they can easily be at the mercy of our three point shooters.
Spurs fans may get to see some spurts of great individual effort. You will love David Lee's mid-range accuracy. It is gorgeous to behold. You might get Al Harrington at his one-on-one best. His array of face-up spin moves to the basket are very nice when he is not out of control. You will get to see the athleticism of Bill Walker, who we just picked up from the Celtics. If the Spurs don't play good defense (see the man, see the ball), he will slip his opponent and add to his personal highlight reel.
Hopefully, you will see some solid play from our youngin's, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Toney Douglas. If Wilson Chandler stays off the arc, he is a solid player with a nice game -- not dominant, but nice. He needs a better defensive coach to take advantage of that athleticism. Hopefully, Gallinari is going to use these last few games to develop a game. He has talent to be more than a three-point set shot artist but he has been timid and needs the ball in his hand closer to the basket. He is not practicing an array of mid-range shots and post moves to take advantage of mismatches. For now however, if an opponent plays him close and is quick to the angles, he can easily disrupt Gallo. Toney Douglas simply needs time to play. It's about time that D'Antoni gave him a real shot.