According to Yahoo! Sports, the San Antonio Spurs, among other teams, are pursuing Caron Butler.
AT&T CENTER - With Kawhi Leonard returning to the lineup and the team almost at full strength minus Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons 120-110 on Wednesday, in the team’s return to the AT&T Center, following their 9-game annual Rodeo Road Trip.
With a season high tying 34 assists on 44 made baskets, the Spurs pulled away from the Pistons in the second half, outscoring Detroit 63-57, and building a 15-point lead, as eight players scored in double-figures. Marco Belinelli led the group with 20 points on 4-of-4 shooting from three, while Manu Ginobili added 16 points, nine assists, and three steals. Leonard, in his first game since returning from injury, tallied 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in 29 minutes.
Here’s an analysis of some key components from the Spurs’ 41st victory of the season.
34 assists in detail
Outside of missing Parker, the Spurs’ team is almost back at full strength. Even without Parker, the team was a machine assisting on 77% of their made baskets. “Yeah, that was impressive,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich of the 34 assists. “You get 34 assists, that’s really incredible actually.” After a sluggish first half in which the team totaled 13 turnovers in the first half and 14 assists on 20 made baskets, the Spurs began to function as a unit with 20 assists on 24 made baskets in the second half. In the fourth quarter alone, the team assisted on 10 of their 12 made field goals. The Spurs also collected 11 secondary assists on the night.no comments
The Rodeo Road Trip is over and the San Antonio Spurs will finally be back home in the AT&T Center for tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons. To preview tonight's game, I turned to longtime Project Spurs friend Natalie Sitto of the Pistons blog, Need4Sheed.com.
Detroit is 23-34 this season. They are 3.5 games behind the eight-seeded Atlanta Hawks. Is this what you expected from them?
Absolutely not. It's not like we are delusional in Detroit eight, but after being beyond mediocre for quite a few season there had been hope in Motown.
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst), how would you rate Josh Smith's four-year, $54 million contract?
Is 72 an option? If not I'll put it at a 10 especially after watching what this team has done with him in the starting lineup for more than a half of a season. He is playing out of position, but that doesn't account for the miserable shots he takes and the bad decision he makes. His contract is an albatross and the fact the Pistons aggressively tried move him at the deadline tell you they know it was a mistake too.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (40-16) return to the AT&T Center for the first time since their recent Rodeo Road Trip as they host the Detroit Pistons (23-34) tonight. The team will continue to be without Tony Parker (rest) and Kawhi Leonard might play after nursing a broken right hand which has kept him out for 14 games.
The Spurs are coming off a 85-106 loss to the Suns during the final game of the extended road trip. Danny Green finished with 15 points, while Tim Duncan added 13 points and 5 rebounds.
The Pistons (who beat the Spurs 109-100 during their road trip) are coming off a 94-106 loss to the Warriors. Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points.
And as the Spurs look to even the season series with Detroit, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:
• The Pistons are first in the NBA for most offensive rebounds per game, averaging 14.5 per game.no comments
Looking at the NBA current leaders in three point shooting percentage, you can’t help but notice a few things. First, the top ten shooters percentages are separated by 5% (46.9 – 41.9%) and that you have to go down to the twenty-seventh shooter on the list before you get to someone who is shooting below 40% (min 141 attempts is the fewest). Ther are also players who are not shy about letting the ball fly three to five feet behind the arc as well.
With such success the question arises as to whether the three point line should be moved back again to make the shot harder?
Henry Abbott (of True Hoop and now ESPN’s NBA editor) along with the sites Hoops Idea have presented an idea of placing a second arc at twenty eight feet away that would give the scoring team four points.no comments
It is very rare that a NBA player wants to get traded, but for 6-foot-11 forward Austin Daye that is what he was wishing for during last Thursday's trade deadline. His wish came true a little after 3 p.m. when he got a call from his agent, who informed him he had been traded to the Spurs. So how happy was Daye?
“I screamed into my pillow, I was so happy,” Daye said.
The San Antonio Spurs traded guard Nando De Colo to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Daye, who rarely saw the floor because of DeMar DeRozan and John Salmons playing at a high level.no comments
Danny Granger, small forward
2013-14 averages: 22.5 minutes, 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 35.9 FG%
Advanced: 10.4 PER, 98 OffRtg, 99 DefRtg, 1.2 win shares, .090 WS/48 minutes
Granger, 30, oscillated from a top-five scorer -- in 2008-09, Granger averaged 25.8 points per game for the 36-46 Indiana Pacers, who missed the playoff cut by three games -- to sparingly utilized jack-of-all-trades bench scorer in just five years. Granger turns 31 in April and time hasn't been forgiving; he's regressed in every major statistical category this season. Paul George's maturation into one of the best two-way forwards in the NBA made Granger, a slight minus on defense and inefficient scorer, expendable.
But Granger can still be an asset for a team like the San Antonio Spurs. He takes the majority of his shots from the restricted area, mid-range and above-the-break -- locations where he's below-average -- but he doesn't use up a massive amount of possessions and, most importantly, he can slide to small forward to give Kawhi a breather, allowing Danny Green, Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili to defend their natural positions.
While many San Antonio Spurs fans are dreading the day Tim Duncan retires from the NBA, Tony Parker might be already thinking of how he will leave the game of international basketball.
And according to TP, it might be after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.no comments
• Parker back in shape | BFMTV (via translation)
On his recent TP Show on RMC, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker updated listeners on the status of his health. Parker said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich elected to rest him after the All-Star break since the team didn't have a heavy schedule. Parker says he is now back in shape. His rehab regiment has consisted of rest, massages and ice packs to heal any inflammation. Parker said that despite the orders to rest by Popovich, he chose to travel with the team to advise the team and his understudies, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph.
Parker said the team should finally be back to 100 percent soon, and while the Spurs have yet to play the best basketball of the season yet, they look forward to battling with the Oklahoma City Thunder for first place in the conference until the end of the season.
• Boris Diaw chat | Twitter
According to a status update on Boris Diaw's Facebook page, he'll be having a Q&A session on Twitter at 3 p.m. CST on Saturday. You can follow along and ask question's through Diaw's Twitter handle, @theborisdiaw.no comments