Saturday, October 22, 2005

Back to Back Contenders

Who’s going to beat the Spurs this year, honestly? The defending champions were not necessarily the most active team in the offseason with trades and acquisitions, but they quite possibly were the most improved. With the signing of another big man with soft hands, Fabricio Oberto, a 3 point shooting threat, Michael Finley, and an experienced veteran that can light you up in a thousand different ways, Nick Van Exel, the Spurs look to repeat with authority this season. The preseason has gone along smoothly with the Spurs losing their first 4 games before winning one against the New Orleans Hornets, but who cares, it’s the preseason. As far as I’m concerned the only team that can knock them out of contention is themselves.

Monday, October 10, 2005

A Little MVP Controversy

Lately there’s been a big of controversy over who should have won the Finals MVP last year, after the Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons in 7 games for the national title. After going home for the off-season, Argentinean Manu Ginobili was constantly told that he should have won instead of teammate Tim Duncan, and how upset his fellow countrymen are that he didn’t win it.

“Well, my mom told me many times,” Ginobili said, “and I heard it many times in Argentina, but it's just a statue. I'm going to have the ring, same as him, and I was feeling as happy as anyone in the world at that moment, so it doesn't make a difference.”

So here’s my question. If the guy that everyone thinks should’ve gotten the MVP, doesn’t care whether or not he was the MVP, then why should others care so much? It just seems that talk like this could only make things worse rather than better while the Spurs get prepared to defend their title. No matter, Ginobili and Tim Duncan seem to be on the same page for another title run.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Yet Another Addition

Another Argentinean is coming to town. Fabricio Oberto was signed by the Spurs last weekend, helping making them become quite possibly the most improved team this off-season. The 6-10 will become yet another low post weapon, making the days of the “Twin Towers” possible to relive again. Oberto is known for his soft hands and knowledge of the game. Watch out for this guy this season. He could be the wild card for this team.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Can You Say Repeat?

Well ladies and gentlemen; it’s that time of year again. The beginning of the NBA season is less than a month away, and what else is there to do, but make predictions. I’m going to say this in the most biased way possible; the Spurs will win back to back championships. With the signing of Michael Finley away from the Dallas Mavericks, and Nick Van Exel from the Portland Trailblazers, the Spurs have not had a lazy off season. There is no reason why they can’t repeat what they did last season.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Tell me the Truth

Tell me the Truth, how many of you Spurs fans out there are really Spurs fans?

How many of you fans jumped on the band wagon because of the great play by Ginobili, and a great play-off run this past season?

For those of you who followed San Antonio all season, when did you become a Spurs Fan?

How and why did you become a Spurs fan?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Finals Here We Come

31 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocked shots now that is the Tim Duncan I know and have come to love over the years. Tim shot 14-of-24 last night in Phoenix to put the nail in the coffin for the Suns season. Don’t get me wrong the Suns had the best turn around from last year and looked perfect on paper, but the Spurs are perfect on the court and that my friends is what counts. Stats don’t mean much unless there in the playoffs.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

So Close

In game 3 of the series Tim Duncan played one of his best playoff games, but in game four last night he was a mere shadow of himself. Duncan had plenty of boards, bringing down 16, but produce half of the points he did in game 3 with 15. The shocking part was him being blocked so badly by Stoudamire and missing 9 free throws after shooting a perfect 15-of-15 in game three. Tim smells blood in the water and will be looking to reconcile his performance in game 5. The Spurs needs to put the Suns away as soon as possible. We can’t afford to give them room to breath.

Monday, May 30, 2005

One More Step

Who ever said that Tim Duncan was soft is wrong and to all those critics who said the Spurs are not as good as they seem are wrong. The San Antonio Spurs are a machine that produces victories. The Spurs are now on top of the Suns 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals. Leading the charge was Duncan as he posted 33 points, 15 boards along with 3 blocked shots. Did I mention that Duncan was also perfect from the free throw line, shooting 15-of-15.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Manu!!!

How bout that Manu Ginobili!

Ginobili is playing the best ball of his of his career, and most importantly it is talking place in the playoffs. It is almost like Manu was born for the playoffs. The guy just seems unstoppable at times.

In game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Manu finish with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Did any one see that behind the back lay up/finger roll that he pulled against the Suns? Wow! Now the Spurs are leading the series 2-0 and pull another step closer to the Finals.

Monday, May 23, 2005

One Step Foward

Tim Duncan led his team to victory once again in Phoenix as he shot 10-of-21 and finished with 28 buckets along with 15 rebounds. With the win the Spurs took home-court advantage over the Suns. Hopefully this time the Spurs can take control early and put the Suns away. Against the Sonics the Spurs let some games slip out of their hands, but now we are playing the Suns and can’t afford to give them room to breath.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Nobody Expected this to Happen

Mike Kahn / Special to FOXSports.com
All things being equal, this figured to be a great series. All things stopped being equal just minutes into Game 1. The Sonics' athletic and sharp-shooting big man Vladimir Radmanovic badly sprained his ankle and was finished for the series. Moments later, Ray Allen sprained his ankle and was finished for the game. By the time the Spurs had breezed to a 2-0 lead, the Sonics looked like one of those sports drink commercials with bodies disintegrating all over the sidewalk.

But just like last year's semis, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli stopped being fabulous after Game 2. Allen came back strong, and Sonics coach Nate McMillan began to find ways to make it happen with everybody else. Even with Rashard Lewis playing horribly, then spraining his big toe in Game 3 and not playing in Game 4, the Sonics kept gaining momentum. Antonio Daniels kept ramming the ball down the throats of his former teammates. Luke Ridnour began to give it right back to Parker in his own flashy way, and Damien Wilkins replaced Lewis with an aggressiveness that was infectious at both ends of the floor. Many believe the Sonics are better off without Lewis because he is so ineffective when less than 100 percent healthy.

On the other hand, it really isn't about the Sonics, is it? This is all about the Spurs as the disbelief in Tim Duncan's face over the weekend mirrored the look he had last year as they lost four straight to the Lakers after rolling to the first two games of the conference semifinals.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Getting Closer

The Seattle SuperSonics will always but up a good effort, but once again they could just not stop the balance and methodical San Antonio Spurs. The Sonics dropped game two in San Antonio against the Spurs 108-91.
"I think the key to our game is on the defensive end. We did a great job contesting shots. We did a great job of getting back and getting in front of people. I thought they got too many offensive rebounds and second-chance points tonight - I'd like to clean that up for the next game - but all in all, defensively, that's where we're going to win games."-Tim Duncan
Seattle tried to hold Tony Parker but he still managed to score 22 points. Parker was not the person Seattle should have targeted. It was that crazy Argentinean, Manu Ginobili who scored 28 points, along side Sir Tim Duncan who added 25 points of his own.
"(It was a) good win for us. Obviously, any win in the playoffs is a good win, but I thought we played pretty well as a team defensively, and we had a lot of people take challenges."-Coach Gregg Popovich
The Spurs now have a comfortable cushion with a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Semi-finals. Hopefully the Spurs don’t get to comfortable and are able to finish off the Sonics within two more games.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Good Start

It is a good day when a team shots over 50 percent in a game, even better, in a playoff game. San Antonio shot 23-of-40 from the field, which is 58 percent, in the first half of the opening game against the Seattle Super Sonics in the Western Conference semi-finals.
"It was a great first half, lousy second half, (but) we got the win. Let's move on to Game Two."
Well put Popovich, as he saw his team leading after the half 62-35, then saw a poor output in the second half as the Sonics outscored the Spurs 46-41. But the damage was already dealt, and the Spurs will walk away with a 103-81 victory and lead this series 1-0.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Tim is back

by (AP), from ESPN.com
Tim Duncan is on his way back.

Duncan, the Spurs' superstar forward who has missed the last 12 games with a badly sprained right ankle, was activated from the injured list and in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's contest at Utah.

He scored 17 points and had seven rebounds in 20 minutes in the Spurs' 93-91 loss to the Jazz.

A perennial All-Star and MVP candidate, Duncan twice injured the ankle this season, the last time coming in a 110-101 loss at Detroit on March 20.

In a related move, the Spurs placed forward Linton Johnson III on the IL with a left ankle injury. He has appeared in just two games for the Spurs this season after undergoing surgery on Nov. 23 to repair a stress fracture in his ankle.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

A mirror Image

The San Antonio Spurs went to Dallas to get a taste of San Antonio pushed in their face. And guess who was serving it all?

Avery Johnson…

The former Spurs point guard took over for Don Nelson as head coach in mid March, and has his Mavericks playing defense like the Spurs. So Thursday night is when the slice of humbled pied was given. I am sure the Spurs are the only one that wants to play like the Spurs.

Even though Tim Duncan is out with an ankle sprain that should leave an excuse for 34.8 percent shooting in a 68-104 win for the Mavs.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Spurs 83, Rockets 70

T.A. Badger / Associated Press, from Foxsports.com
Brent Barry is finally showing the shooting touch that the San Antonio Spurs coveted when they signed him as a free agent last summer.

Barry hit three 3-pointers during a 21-2 run in the fourth quarter and the Spurs held Houston to its lowest point total of the season during a 83-70 win over the Rockets on Sunday.

Barry, who finished with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, has averaged 19 points in the last three games at a time when San Antonio needs extra production, with top scorer Tim Duncan and key reserve Devin Brown on the injured list.

"There is no one in the league that feels sorry for the Spurs," said Barry, who has made 10 of his last 15 3-point attempts. "We have to be mentally strong ... We all pulled together and played with some emotions, and that carried us."

The Rockets, who trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, went ahead 60-55 on a 23-foot jumper by Tracy McGrady with 10:31 left in the game. The basket was the last of the game for McGrady, who finished with 26 points.

Barry tied it at 60 with 8:07 remaining with his first 3-pointer. Then the Spurs' defense took over, swarming the ball and collapsing on Yao Ming. Yao also had only one basket in the final quarter and ended with 18 points.

Houston missed all but one of its six shots and had five turnovers during San Antonio's decisive run. The Spurs, who shot only 36 percent in the game, hit six of seven attempts beginning with Barry's first 3-pointer.

Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 18 points, while Barry had 17 and Robert Horry 12. Bruce Bowen and Tony Parker each scored 11 for the Spurs, who improved to 3-5 this season without Duncan, who missed his four straight game with a sprained right ankle.

Ginobili credited the Spurs' defensive strategy of clamping down on McGrady in the fourth. McGrady went 1-for-7 in the period.

"Our rotations were really good - we were everywhere," said Ginobili, whose five steals were one short of his season high. "Then we got some rebounds. That makes you feel more confident when you go on offense."

The win gave the Spurs a split of the season series with Houston, which lost for only the fourth time in 14 games this month.

The Rockets' previous low was 72 in a one-point loss to Detroit on Nov. 30.

"We are in a deep, deep passing slump right now," said Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy. "We didn't play well enough offensively to give ourselves a chance."

The Rockets had 17 turnovers, five by McGrady, that led to 21 San Antonio points.

McGrady said afterward that he was slowed by a right hip strain suffered in Friday night's win in New Orleans. He was listed as questionable before the game, but ended up playing 44 minutes and taking 25 shots.

"I didn't feel as quick as I wanted to today," he said. "I wasn't holding back because I wanted to. I had no choice."

Rasho Nesterovic scored three of San Antonio's first four baskets, and a pair of free throws by Sean Marks late in the first gave the Spurs a 22-12 lead. McGrady made his first three attempts for the Rockets, who went more than seven minutes in the quarter without a basket.

A dunk by Ginobili off his own steal made it 33-21 San Antonio with about seven minutes left in the second, but the Spurs missed eight of their last 11 attempts.

McGrady hit three more shots late in the quarter as Houston got the difference down to 39-36 at the break. when Duncan was a rookie. ... Houston's David Wesley still has 999 3-pointers in his NBA career. He went 0-for-2 behind the arc. ... San Antonio played without reserve forward Tony Massenburg, out with a fever.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Spurs 101, Jazz 94

Last night the San Antonio Spurs had bigger things to worry about than pulling off a close win against the struggling Utah Jazz. The all mighty Tim Duncan fell last night against the Jazz. He really sprained his ankle, the right one to be exact. And the X-rays were negative so that gives breathing room for the Spurs and does not put a damper on their playoff picture.

Duncan left the game towards the end of the second quarter, but good ol’ Manu Ginobili picked up the slack and lead to Spurs with 31 to hold off the Jazz as they tried to sneak past the Spurs in Duncan’s absence.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Spurs beat Rockets for first Time

T.A. Badger / Associated Press
Tracy McGrady could only watch this time while Tony Parker led the San Antonio Spurs to victory.

Parker made three inside baskets, including a rare dunk off his own steal, during a decisive 14-3 run in the fourth quarter of a 99-81 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Parker went 6-for-7 in the second half and finished with 22 points, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich only wanted to talk about his defense.

"On defense, he sealed the game for us," Popovich said. "Nobody notices it, they just notice what people do offensively, but on defense, he was very, very good."

In the first Spurs-Rockets matchup in early December, McGrady stunned San Antonio by scoring 13 points in the final 35 seconds to lead Houston to a one-point win.

In the second Rockets triumph, McGrady hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining to end the Spurs' comeback hopes.

But on Wednesday, the last of his team-high 22 points came on a layup with five minutes left to bring the Rockets within three at 79-76. He took only one more shot, missing a 3-pointer with San Antonio leading by 15.

"I think I'm being too passive," said McGrady, who shot only 7-for-21. "I'm trying to stay in the offense and getting the other guys involved - that's how we've been winning. Sometimes it'll hurt us because I do need to be more effective."

Parker, who had a season-high five steals, wanted to talk about the breakaway slam with about three minutes left.

"The fans always get mad when I make layups, but sometimes I'm tired," he said. "Tonight I felt good. I'll try to do more."

The victory was the Spurs' first in three tries against Houston this season, and their 16th straight win at home. San Antonio is 24-1 at the SBC Center.

Tim Duncan scored 30 points, including his third 3-pointer of the season, and had 11 rebounds for the Spurs. Manu Ginobili added 18 points.

Yao Ming had 20 points and Juwan Howard 16 for the Rockets, who dropped their second in a row after winning eight straight before the All-Star break.

"We're struggling to score - I don't think we had a field goal off the bench tonight," said Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy, whose reserves went 0-for-11. "(The Spurs) had another level. That's why they're the best team in the league."

Houston played without starting point guard Bob Sura, who has a sore back. The team said Wednesday that Sura, averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 assists, could be out for up to two weeks with the injury.

Ginobili opened the game with a 3-pointer and Parker made two driving layups to give San Antonio a 9-4 lead in the first two minutes. The Rockets followed with their own 9-4 run, with a 19-foot jumper by McGrady tying the score at 13.

Houston led 26-21 after one as the Spurs missed six of their final eight shots of the period.

The Rockets made only five field goals in the second and missed six straight shots at one point, but San Antonio couldn't take the lead.

Down 40-34 late in the second, Parker made a pair of free throws and a layup to cut Houston's lead to two. But Yao hit a 14-foot turnaround jumper and foul shots by Jon Barry and Howard put the Rockets up 45-38, matching their biggest lead of the half. without Sura this season ... Rod Strickland, starting for Sura, scored four points and had five assists.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Preview: Spurs vs. Wizards

from Foxsports.com

STANDINGS:
Spurs - 1st place, Southwest Division.
Wizards - 2nd place, 6{ GB, Southeast Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS:
Spurs - F Bruce Bowen, F Nesterovic, C Tony Massenburg, G Ginobili, G Parker.
Wizards - F Jamison, F Jared Jeffries, C Brendan Haywood, G Jarvis Hayes, G Arenas.

TEAM LEADERS:
Spurs - Duncan, 21.3 ppg and 11.8 rpg; Parker, 6.2 apg.
Wizards - Arenas, 24.7 ppg; Jamison, 8.1 rpg; Larry Hughes, 5.3 apg.

SEASON SERIES:
Spurs, 1-0.

LAST MEETING:
Jan. 17; Spurs, 101-73. At San Antonio, the Spurs shot 52 percent (39-for-75), including 75 percent (12-of-16) from 3-point range, and limited the Wizards to season lows for points and shooting percentage (31.8 percent). Reserve Devin Brown led the Spurs with a career high-tying 24 points. Hayes, in a reserve role, was 10-of-20 and scored a career-best 27 points for Washington.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Spurs - 16-9 on the road.
Wizards - 18-7 at home.

INJURIES:
Spurs - G Mike Wilks (knee); F Linton Johnson (ankle); G Romain Sato (knee).
Wizards - G Hughes (thumb); F-C Kwame Brown (ankle); C Peter Ramos (shoulder).

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Spurs take Control

Can you hear Seattle crying bout not having Ray Allen, and using that as an excuse for their lost to the Spurs?

Well SuperSonics’ fans can say what ever they want but the truth is San Antonio is red hot and was not about to lose to Seattle for the 3rd time this season, especially now, with the trio of Ginobili, Duncan, and Parker in full rhythm.

Ginobili was stingy posting up 12 boards and 23 points. Duncan scored 21 points and had 10 boards, while Parker put up 17 points and posted 10 boards as well. Now the Spurs have the best record at (37-10) and went 12-4 this month after disposing of the Sonics 103-84 Monday night.

Go Spurs!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Taking the Offensive

Spurs do what they do best and that is stopping other teams from scoring. How did the top defense do it again? They did it by holding the Washington Wizards to 73 points and keeping the Wizards' seven game winning streak nothing more but a 7 game winning streak.

In 101-73 victory the Spurs held the wizards to just 31.8 percentage shooting, and that is because the past 10 games, Washington was averaging 100 plus points.

Game Notes
Brent Barry 17 points
Brent Barry was 5 for 5 on 3-pointers
Manu Ginobili did not play
Tim Duncan had 11 points, 11 rebounds,
Rasho Nesterovic had 12 rebounds
Rasho Nesterovic also had a season-high five blocks
Spurs made 12 of 16 3-pointers

Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Buck(s) Stops Here

There was four Spurs with double digits in last nights win against the Milwaukee Bucks, first and foremost was Time Duncan with 21 points, Tony Parker with 20 points,Manu Ginobili added 15, and newly acquired Brent Barry had 11 points. With the that talented to group the San Antonio Spurs were able to complete a season sweep over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Spurs also have the NBA's top defensive holding the Bucks to 79 points while the Spurs had 94 and also held the Bucks to a 41.3 percent shooting. I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch but the Spurs are my pick this year to take it all.

Go Spurs!

Monday, January 03, 2005

Bad day at Work

It wasn't the best outing for Tim Ducan. Then again we all have are bad days at work. Duncan was 6 of 17 with 14 points. That not to mention the hard time he was having with Chris Webber, who twice tied him up for jump balls.

On the day Manu Ginobili had 18 points and Horry did his best with a season high 12 points.

The Spurs where dropped 86-81 and are now sitting at 25-7.