San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili recently spoke a variety of topics on his blog, manuginobili.com.
He spoke out on injuries, the number one seed, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and more. Also, please excuse the rough translations provided by Google Translate.
Here is what he had to say about his injury and other injured Spurs:
Last Sunday, when I hit Marc Gasol, Memphis, and I got hit in the thigh, I really could not bend his leg and it hurt a lot, so I immediately put ice on the bench and could not play the next day against Portland. It is true that it was the first game that I missed this season, but it is normal: in 82 games regular season is always some one is lost.
Tony Parker (hit in the left kneecap) and Antonio McDyess (sore back), nor were against Portland, will play, probably because the absence of them were more foresight, but instead Tim Duncan is still in doubt. Greatly improved his sprained left ankle and also trained with us yesterday for a while, but that's another decision to be taken on game time. Obviously, he wants to be, but the coach Pop is a little concerned, preferring to have 10 points for the playoffs.
Manu on facing the Celtics, the number one seed and if Spurs fans should be worried:
The clash with Boston, this evening at home is very important because now we are a bit complicated the possibility of securing the No. 1 and we need wins after four successive defeats this. Boston is a great team, very experienced and defend very well, but we also believe that we are and we can beat. We're in the final stretch of the season and we have to play better every day, because if one gets distracted the playoffs, is out in the first round.
In addition, we expected a final schedule (eight games) hard and come from mistakes in several outcomes closed, making mistakes and inaccuracies. That's something we never had happened in the season. But there is no crisis in San Antonio, just have to go back to our best level. We did not lose because we played badly or we kicked, we could have won those four games and we did because we missed the end.We know that in 82 bouts commitments can be negative. Pero, de todas maneras, estamos bien. But anyway, we're fine. If at the beginning of the season I would have said we would be leading with three games ahead of the final two weeks of the regular season, have signed immediately!
Manu on if the Spurs can have success if they do not have the number one seed, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose:
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili recently spoke a variety of topics on his blog, manuginobili.com.
With tonight's big home game against the Boston Celtics, we turned to our friends from the best Celtics blog we know for their pre-game takes on the game.
Listen as Red's Army invades Project Spurs to preview and predict tonight's game while wearing their green-tinted glasses.
With a win tonight, the San Antonio Spurs can tie the season series, and it will also be the first team the Spurs see the Celtics since the Kendrick Perkins trade. The Spurs are currently 14-0 against Eastern Conference teams at home, but the Celtics have won four straight in San Antonio.
So will the guys from Red's Army go three-for-three on predicting a win for the Celtics or will one of them take the green glasses off for the five minutes they used for their recordings? Listen as John Karalis, KWAPT and Jay Ouellette from Red's Army sound off below.
So you've heard what the guys from Red's Army have to say, but what do Spurs fans have to say about their takes? Comment on whether you agree or disagree and leave your take in the comments below.
Tonight the San Antonio Spurs will face the Boston Celtics in what could be an NBA Finals preview. However, with the injury bug hitting the Spurs, will San Antonio trot out a full roster against Boston?
Check out the video to see the Spurs' "Big Three" practicing, what Tony Parker had to say, Celtics' coach Doc Rivers talks about the heath of his team, and more.
With the playoffs fast approaching, you may ask the question: who must step up for the San Antonio Spurs? The most obvious response from anyone (national media down to the local fan) would be Richard Jefferson.
Jefferson is always the immediate scapegoat. His respectability diminished when he struggled to produce with the Spurs last season.
The scary sight for opposing teams is that on the rare occasion, Jefferson displays that hidden all-star ability (whether it is a 19-point scoring outburst or making “SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Night” with a thrilling dunk or dazzling layup) the Spurs can take their potential to another level.
Jefferson began the season playing at a high level early, but has deteriorated to a non-aggressive three-point shooter.
Jefferson must find a way to use these last eight games as an approach to find his playoff identity and a sense of who he is going to be through that run.
Will Jefferson awaken the hidden All-Star that lies dormant inside of him? Or will he continue to carry the tag of the “scapegoat”?
The Most Recent Memory of Jefferson
Monday night in the Spurs loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Richard Jefferson had the opportunity to insert himself and make a real impact. Then, the team was missing all three members of the “Big 3”; the stage was set for Jefferson to prove he still has the potential to carry a team and can be more than just a three-point shooter.
How did he respond? He only took five shots and got to the foul line twice.
There are those out there who argue, “He’s the fourth option with the Spurs, he doesn't get the amount of touches he got in the past with New Jersey and Milwaukee.”
Monday night was the perfect opportunity for Jefferson to get as many touches as he wanted, but to no avail, he only attacked seven times. Rookie James Anderson (5 points) and newly acquired swingman Danny Green (7 points) both produced more efficiently than Jefferson in much more limited minutes.
• The San Antonio Spurs will face the Boston Celtics tomorrow night and will have Jermaine O'Neal back in action:
“I’m going to play tomorrow," O'Neal said. "We talked a little bit about me playing back-to-back games. Obviously, it’s sensitive, but I told them the plan is to play back-to-back games, the plan is to play as many minutes as I can without limitation.” (boston.com)
• ProBasketBallTalk.com discusses the Spurs and Celtics recent slump but says do not count them out:
But the slumps Boston and San Antonio are going through now, those are not worth worrying about. These are veteran teams that understand what it takes to be ready for the playoffs. They will leave it all on the floor when it matters.
• Spurs' Tiago Splitter makes his debut at number 10 on the NBA.com Rookie Ladder while Gary Neal holds steady at number seven:
The Brazilian big man makes his debut on the Ladder, and it was inevitable with the injury to Tim Duncan. The Spurs have lost four in a row, but Splitter has still put up pretty good numbers. Since Duncan went down, Splitter has averaged 9.2 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field. He doesn't turn the ball over much, either, which is nice to see. San Antonio might be struggling without their stars, but these trials can only help them -- and the rookie -- in the playoffs and beyond.
The Spurs are struggling with injuries and Neal has had his ups and downs. In the Spurs' first game without Tim Duncan, Neal scored a career-high 25 points on a career-best six 3-pointers in a 115-112 loss to Denver. Neal finished the week with a 3-for-14 shooting night in the Spurs' 100-92 loss to the Blazers (their fourth straight). Still, the week doesn't look so bad when looked at on the whole: 13.2 ppg while going 12-for-24 from beyond the arc.
• Express News' Tim Griffin talks about the Spurs in NBA Power Rankings.
Hit the jump to read about Austin Toros news, Da'Sean Butler's non-debut, how to help out a worthy cause by buying Spurs tickets, and more.
Last week we introduced our new feature, "Writers Sound Off." Our writers are now back at it again.
Each week, our writers will sound off on one topic of the week with short audio takes. If you are a Spurscast subscriber, you'll also be seeing podcasts with all of our takes together along with your weekly Spurscast.
Our topic this week was "where are the bigs" and we all gave our takes on why the San Antonio Spurs signings this year have been guards and forwards, when our biggest weakness is in the post. Listen below and then find out how to join in on the fun.
Michael De Leon, Founder -
Robby Lim, Lead Writer -
Paul Garcia, Staff Writer -
Jake Faunce, Staff Writer -
So those are our takes for the week. Feel free to use our comments section to give your take on if you agree/disagree or want to pick who's take was the best.
Tomorrow night the San Antonio Spurs will take on the Boston Celtics in San Antonio in what could be an NBA Finals preview.
The last time these two teams met was in Boston where the Celtics were without Kevin Garnett yet the Spurs lost a close one, 105-103.
John Karalis of RedsArmy.com invited myself and Mike to join him in a podcast-preview of tomorrow's huge game. In the interview, we talk about the Celtics and Spurs slumping of late, keys for the Celtics and Spurs to focus on, give our game predictions and much more.
To listen to the show, click HERE to visit Reds Army.
In recent weeks, San Antonio Spurs fans have seen a change at the starting center position. In lieu of the scrappy DeJuan Blair, head coach Gregg Popovich has opted to go with the veteran Antonio McDyess. Blair exited the starting rotation in the early-March dismantling of the Spurs at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Offensively, the addition of McDyess stretches the opposing defense. McDyess is a pick and pop type of big man, who can hit long jumpers with regularity while Blair is a classic pick and roller, who may not have a long distance jumper that he can go to, but is much better at taking the ball towards the basket and finishing at the rim.
Since the time of the lineup switch, the Spurs have averaged 104 points per game while, before the change, the Spurs averaged only 103.5 per game. Okay, so I think we can call this a wash.
Defensively, on the other hand, since the switch the Spurs have been giving up an average of 102 per game. Interestingly, this is five points more than the 97 points the Spurs have given up on average this season. The worst of the stretch was 110 given up in the loss to Miami and 115 in the loss to Denver. It's hard to put either of these squarely on the center position, however, the addition of McDyess into the starting lineup does not get you much in terms of size. McDyess has only an inch over Blair. But what you do sacrifice is youth, quickness, and aggressiveness. What this means is hard to quantify over such a short stretch of games, but the five point differential in points allowed is telling of what you might expect.
• ESPN.com talks about George Hill, DeJuan Blair and Tiago Splitter for fantasy league owners:
Incidentally, unless you're in a very deep league, about all you have to gain from the Spurs' current miseries is George Hill. Coming off a 30-point performance versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, Hill produced 27 points and six assists against the Blazers. He's available in more than 75 percent of ESPN.com leagues. In leagues of at least 12 teams, Tiago Splitter (14 points, nine rebounds) could merit consideration, but keep in mind that Antonio McDyess (back) is expected to return against the Celtics after essentially being rested on Monday. One Spurs-related thing I do know is that the re-emergence of DeJuan Blair (three points in just 20 minutes) isn't panning out.
• SB Nation isn't sold on the Spurs' success:
If all things were equal, then yes, San Antonio could run with anyone. That's been true the last few years, too. But with Manu, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan all banged up (again), and Gary Neal, George Hill and Dejuan Blair carrying the torch, all things are NOT equal among the best teams in the NBA. It's not a crime to say as much; if anything, we stupidly gave the Spurs the benefit of the doubt earlier this season. And in the end, the Spurs are exactly who we thought they were.
• The NBA on ESPN RV Tour will hit San Antonio Sunday April 3, 2011 from 10AM-3PM.
• RedsArmy.com continues its Spurs watch.
• Express News' Tim Griffin shares his notes from the Spurs loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Hit the jump to get some Austin Toros news, new Spur Da'Sean Butler to make his debut, and more.
According to diario.com, the San Antonio Spurs have expressed a strong interest in Gustavo Ayon:
“Los más interesados por ahora, con quienes ya se ha hecho todo formal, bien, es con San Antonio y con los Soles de Phoenix. Esos son los dos equipos que ya tenemos ahí con un poco de más interés y esperemos que ojalá y se pueda hacer todo bien y podamos ir a su campamento”.
Also in the report, Los Angeles Lakers' Mitch Kupchak recently went to scout him when he poured in 24 points and 8 rebounds against Barcelona.
Nicknamed "Titan," Ayon is a 6-10, power forward who plays with ACB of the Spanish league. He is touted as one of the best big men overseas and averages 10.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 65% from the field, and 1.5 blocks.
He has a three-year contract with his current team with an option for a fourth year but should the NBA come calling he will speak with his team at the end of the season.