This season, the starting lineup has been outscored by 1.8 points per 100 possessions. The problem isn't defense. They are awesome on that end, equivalent to the Indiana Pacers. Tony Parker, arguably, is the only player who isn't a plus defender, though he is quick and intelligent enoughto succeed at the position.no comments
Back in October, when the NBA season was in its infancy, I made 21 bold predictions, ranging from predictable to WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU #idiot. Which you can find out by clicking here.
Today, I am revisiting them at the Spurs' halfway point (the Spurs are 32-9 through 41 games.) Turns out this stuff is hard.
And, with that, let's begin.
1. Kawhi Leonard will average 2.5 steals per game.no comments
AT&T CENTER – Going back to the 2011-2012 NBA season, Malcolm Thomas only played in three games with the San Antonio Spurs before being released that season. He would finish that year in the D-League and then have a few more NBA and D-League stints over that time frame until today; where he has his second opportunity with the Spurs, to show how much progress he’s made.
Before the Spurs defeated the Milwaukee Bucks and Thomas took the floor with his San Antonio teammates for the first time this season, I asked him what’s been his largest growth from his first stint in San Antonio, and according to Thomas, it’s all about his confidence.
“My confidence has grown a lot,” said Thomas of what’s changed from the past to the present. “I really didn’t have the confidence to play at this level my first year. I’ve worked on my shot a lot, I’ve worked on my motor a lot, and I feel like that’s why I’m back here. So I just have to keep working and making sure I can stay on the court, stay suited up.”no comments
Kawhi Leonard Full Highlights vs Bucks 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 San Antonio 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 Bucks which resulted in a 110-82 win for the Spurs.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 San Antonio 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 Blazers which resulted in a 109-100 loss for the Spurs.no comments
AT&T CENTER – Asked what he thought about how the San Antonio Spurs play basketball even without Tony Parker in the lineup, Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew said Sunday evening after his Bucks were blown out 110-82:
“They’re just good, a really solid basketball team. They can beat you inside. They can beat you outside. They move the ball extremely well.”
Whether it was knocking down 11-of-18 three pointers, seven players scoring in double-figures, or outscoring Milwaukee 46-32 in the paint, the Spurs’ play on Sunday proved all of Drew’s points.no comments
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich can be a very intimidating figure, as was apparent by his outburst and subsequent ejection during Friday night's ejection during the Spurs' home game versus the Portland Trailblazers.
But Popovich isn't just intimidating to game officials, sideline interviewers line up and take their turn with Popovich during the two-question, end of the first and third quarter coaches interviews on nationally televised games, and everyone from David Aldridge to Craig Sager has been treated to quite the interview.
During last Wednesday's ESPN telecast of the Spurs-Jazz game, Jon Barry and Dave Pasch took to flipping a coin to decide who would be next on the Gregg Popovich nightmare interview circuit.no comments
AT&T CENTER – In his 13-year career, Earl Watson has played with the former Seattle Sonics, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, and today, the Portland Trail Blazers.
During his time of journeying around the Western conference there’s always been one consistent and constant dominant team Watsons faced out West – the San Antonio Spurs.
Before the Blazers defeated the Spurs for the second time this season on Friday evening, I caught up with Watson in the Blazers locker room and asked him his thoughts on how the Spurs have maintained their success in morphing from an MVP Tim Duncan post-play dominant team in the past, to today’s transition team led by Tony Parker.
“It all starts with Pop,” said Watson. “I think Pop has built a culture (here). He does a great job of getting people that fit his culture and what he believes in, and since I’ve been in the NBA, he’s been the most dominant coach in the NBA for the last 13 years, just from my experience.”no comments
AT&T CENTER--Standing in front of reporters, having long already shed his usual coaching attire in favor of something more basketball casual--an opportunity made possible due to his ejection from the game in the third quarter--San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich calmly fielded questions from the media scrum.
A late fourth quarter collapse on defense negated what had been a brilliant individual performance from Manu Ginobili in the third, as the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away on the strength of LaMarcus Aldridge's 26-point, 13-rebound night.
Friday night was another disappointing loss to yet another elite team, which was enough to finally embolden a reporter to broach the subject with Popovich. Hesitantly, the reporter provided Popovich with an out before asking about the team's record against the league's best.
"No, we don't ignore anything," Popovich said, referring to the team watching Game 6 of the NBA Finals before the start of the season as a means of confronting their issues. "We look everything in the eye and talk about what we need to do."
This season the Spurs have had trouble with some of the top teams in the NBA, having gone 1-8 against the West's five best teams and the Indiana Pacers. But the Spurs have had trouble with the Blazers long before they became an elite team this season, and while they've largely been able to ignore these blips against Portland in their schedule due to the Blazers utter irrelevance come post season in recent years, the first half of this season suggests a possible collision course.no comments