With a big game coming up against the Chicago Bulls tonight, I talked to Avikar Saini of Bulls by the Horns to get a little Bulls insight prior to tonight's game.
Chicago is 11-3 in their last 14 with the best defensive rating (96.3) in this span. Without Luol Deng and Derrick Rose. Is Tom Thibodeau a magician? How did this happen?
To be honest, there are times I think Thibodeau is magician with how he maximizes the talent on his team despite the amount of injuries and slapstick rosters the team has had. But it really comes down to his system. The man knows his teams and how to get the most out of everyone. I noted in a post a few weeks ago that Thibodeau’s system really maximizes the potential of guards like DJ Augustin so they can be efficient and effective in their play. Lately a lot of people have noted Noah has dominated the ball in the high post thus putting him in an ideal position to move the ball laterally around the perimeter, set screens both on and off the ball, spot up for his “Tornado,” do a small drive and post up, or pass to the baseline cutter. Combining all of these has created a dynamic offense that Chicago hasn’t seen in several years. Defensively I believe it comes down to Taj Gibson playing more and more. Though Boozer is still the “starter,” Gibson has seen roughly 6 more minutes of playing time than Boozer in this 14 game stretch. Gibson, already noted for being a defensive monster off the bench, paired with Noah in the paint has forced teams to settle for the shots Chicago wants them to take.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs currently own the best record in the NBA, thanks to help from the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. All signs are pointing towards a matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, but is there another team in Texas that presents a threat to the Silver & Black?
The Houston Rockets are the hottest team in the league and are quietly climbing up the Western Conference standings. With their overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, the Rockets are an NBA-best 23-6 since January 1. Houston is riding a five game winning streak, including wins over the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, and have claimed sole possession of third place in the Western Conference with a 44-19 record.
James Harden is his usual self, averaging 24.9 points per game this season. He is attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line, where he is converting 85.2 percent of his shots from the charity-stripe. Harden is also passing the ball and dishing out 5.7 assists per game.no comments
With 20 games remaining on the San Antonio Spurs’ 2013-2104 regular season schedule, here’s a quick glimpse of where their core players rank between 1-25 overall in the NBA using MySyngerySports.com data.
Read below for an explanation of what some of the metrics such as (PPP) Points per play, (OPPP) Opponent Points per play, and other relevant terms mean.
· 1st in scoring off cuts (1.73 points per play)
· 17th in scoring as the pick-and-roll ball handler (0.94 points per play) – With the system San Antonio has built predicated on screens, motion, and ball movement, it’s never an easy night for a defense to defend Parker, as he can attack one-on-one, in the pick-and-roll, or as the data shows, off the ball as well.no comments
We will be tracking Kawhi Leonard all season long here at Project Spurs.
You can expect a specially dedicated highlight reel following every game specifically for one of the most exciting players in Spurs history.
Stay tuned all season long to relive every dunk and moment that Kawhi makes on his way to becoming the next cornerstone of the Spurs franchise.
Here are the Kawhi-Lights from last night against the Magic which resulted in a 121-112 win for the Spurs.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
The San Antonio Spurs are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Just last month, they were four games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder, with more than half of their roster injured.
Broken metarcarpals. Broken noses. Othyus Jeffers starting. Shannon Brown starting. These things happened.
And now, as of March 9, the Spurs have the best record in the conference. The Indiana Pacers' four-game slide means the Spurs also have the best record in the NBA with one-third of the season remaining.
It's amazing. But does having the No. 1 seed, you know, matter?no comments
For the San Antonio Spurs, having the “Big Three” of Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker along with other key players missing time is almost like a trip to the dentist. You know it is going to happen, and you do your best to deal with it.
Through the first half of the 2013-2014 season, the Spurs bench did a valiant job of holding down the fort while various starters missed time. Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw have done superb jobs of stepping up. With their efforts, the Spurs were able to maintain the number two seed in the Western Conference, and now following Oklahoma City Thunder’s lost versus the Los Angeles Lakers, the Spurs have possession of the top seed.
With a full compliment of weapons back in place, people outside of the Alamo City are viewing upcoming match ups against the Chicago Bulls and Portland Trailblazers as put up or shut up games.no comments
Behind 54 combined points and 10 collective assists from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the San Antonio Spurs pushed their winning streak to six with a 121-112 victory over a gritty Orlando Magic team.
Kawhi Leonard (17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks) was part of six Spurs players who scored in double-figures, to help the Spurs overcome a Magic team led by Tobias Harris (23 points), Nikola Vucevic (19 points, 13 rebounds), and Arron Afflalo (17 points). Here were some key points in the Spurs’ victory over the Magic.
Parker and Ginobili dominate in backcourt
With the Magic missing rookie Victor Oladipo due to injury, it was Parker and Ginobili who dominated the backcourt in the match. Both players finished shooting over 58% in the match, while they also got others involved as they each collected five assists, and Parker in particular, logged four secondary assists.no comments
As the San Antonio Spurs (45-16) prepare to host the Orlando Magic (19-44) Saturday, Project Spurs' own Quixem Ramirez and Phillip Rossman-Reich of the Orlando Magic Daily discussed the matchup in a Gameday Q & A.
Position-wise, point guard has been a major focus of Magic fans with Jameer Nelson's contract winding down and questions about what his future with the team might be. no comments