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  1. Gregg Popovich said his Spurs played “soft” against Heat

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The Spurs players got steamrolled by the Heat in the second half in Miami Tuesday, shooting just 34 percent, putting up 35 points and being outscored by 36 points. The thumping didn’t stop once they went to the locker room. Here is what coach Gregg Popovich said of his team, via the Express-News Spurs Blog.…

  2. LeBron backs Popovich as potential USA Basketball coach

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    After the USA earned a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, Mike Krzyzewski was brought in by Jerry Colangelo to help turn things around. He was one coach who is universally respected among players and is seen as kind of “above the fray” of the politics that can go into picking an Olympic team. The…

  3. San Antonio Spurs defense suddenly their weakness

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson, Danny Green, Tim Duncan

    When they were winning rings, San Antonio did it with defense. Sure there was Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, but it was the defense that set them apart. Right now, the Spurs defense is ranked 25th in the NBA. They re giving up 103.7 points per 100 possessions, the league average is…

  4. Spurs’ Gary Neal out after having appendectomy

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Gary Neal

    Congratulations to Gary Neal, who came up with maybe the most creative injury of the early season. Well, maybe injury isn’t the right word, but he did need surgery before his appendix burst, so the Spurs guard will miss about the first week of the season or so, according to a tweet from Mike Monroe…

  5. What to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? Yao Ming wine.

    Nov 24, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Yao Ming

    It’s always one of the tricky questions surrounding Thanksgiving dinner — what wine goes best with this feast? Traditionally you think white wine with fowl, but who wants some overly oaky California Chardonnay to go between mouthfuls of stuffing and sweet potatoes? I usually lean toward a nice Pinot Noir, but those can be so…

  6. Friday night video: Top 10 plays from the 1999 NBA finals

    Oct 28, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 4: San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers

    For some reason, the 1999 NBA finals is on my mind today. You remember that one, the Spurs championship with an asterisk? The one from the strike-shortened season. (Actually, they don’t deserve an asterisk, I was just channeling Phil Jackson for a second). What you see are the top 10 plays from that finals, as…

  7. Tony Parker paid $5k to fly with a jet pack on vacation

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tony-Parker-Flies

    There is no CBA in place right now, so if you do something — like get popped for having marijuana in the car — there is nothing the league or your team can do about it. So go ahead and take some risks, NBA players. Like, say, flying with water-propelled jet pack while on vacation…

  8. Popovich not too worried about what Tony Parker thinks

    Jun 10, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    Tony Parker told some French reporters that he didn’t think the Spurs were title contenders anymore. He later tried to take it all back, which was problematic because there was video of the interview. Whatever, Gregg Popovich is going to have none of it. He spoke with WOAI-TV sports director Don Harris and the Spurs…

  9. Tony Parker says Spurs no longer playing for a title

    May 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It’s over. It’s not just us saying that the championship era of the San Antonio Spurs has come to an end, it’s now the Spurs themselves. Tony Parker was interviewed by French sports paper L’Equipe, translated by the official FIBA website (via the amazing Tom Ziller), and he was frank about the future of this…

  10. Popovich: Don’t expect big changes to San Antonio

    May 2, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    That one hurt. Spurs fans have brushed off the whole “the Spurs are dead” talk, but the first round loss to the Grizzlies after a 61-win regular season made it feel real. The way the Grizzlies were more physical made it real. So, now what San Antonio? Gregg Popovich told the Express-News Spurs blog not…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies go to work, Spurs go home

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:57 AM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    The deed is done. Even the slightest doubts of the Grizzlies’ prowess in their first round series have been put to rest, as have the revered San Antonio Spurs. Memphis completed their seemingly improbable upset by dominating in the most probable ways; the Grizz scrambled, posted up, defended, rebounded, and scrapped their way to a…

  12. How they can win it all: San Antonio Spurs

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Two teams executed what they wanted to do this season better than any other — the Chicago Bulls on defense, the San Antonio Spurs on offense. Yet, when the talk of a title came up it was always the Lakers out of the West, Miami and Boston in the East. “I think we’ve been a…

  13. Manu Ginobili leaves game with elbow injury

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:36 PM EDT

    manu-elbow-injury

    The Spurs played their regular starting lineup in their season finale against the Suns on Wednesday, after resting four of the five in the team’s game the night before in Los Angeles. Two minutes and 14 seconds into the game, it’s quite possible Gregg Popovich may have regretted that decision. Manu Ginobili went down hard…

  14. Spurs to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili against Lakers

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It doesn’t matter why — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says they would have done it regardless of the opponent, conspiracy theorists will say he’s trying to make sure he avoids the Lakers as long as possible — what matters is it is happening. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will all sit against the…

  15. Gregg Popovich no fan of that new-fangled three point line

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    We all knew Gregg Popovich was old school. We just didn’t know how old school Like 1970s old school. Like Steve Martin doing King Tut on Saturday Night Live old school. Like The Who when they still had Keith Moon as their drummer old school. (Actually, that last one is not a bad school to…

  16. Spurs, Celtics slouching towards playoffs; count them out at your own peril

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Back at the All-Star break, a Celtics vs. Spurs finals seemed like a good bet. Sure, it made the guys who count the profits at ABC/Disney nervous — you know they want Lakers/Heat, and they really don’t want the Spurs — but the Celtics and Spurs were playing the best basketball by far. That matchup…

  17. Popovich says Duncan may only miss 4-5 games

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:30 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    Basically, we have no idea when Tim Duncan is coming back. After spraining his ankle Monday night Duncan himself said two weeks. Then after looking at the MRI the team said it was between a grade 1 and 2 sprain, which would mean more like three weeks. The official diagnosis was expected when the swelling…

  18. Tiago Splitter, your time is now

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Reggie Williams,  Al Thornton, Tiago Splitter

    Tiago Splitter has come along slowly this season. More slowly than one expects of a guy who was the best center in Europe the past couple seasons to come along. He came to San Antonio with fanfare and was expected to be the guy Tim Duncan has needed with him up front,. Instead he has…

  19. Duncan leaves game with an ankle injury, out 2 weeks

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    tim-duncan-ankle-injury

    The Spurs have the best record in the league by six and a half games over anyone else, and being fortunate enough to have a healthy roster for the majority of the season is a big reason why. Monday night against the Warriors, however, that all changed, as the team finally suffered an injury to…

  20. Is the Spurs defense becoming something to worry about?

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    Monday night’s blowout win showcased what Miami can do on defense. They dominated the usually efficient Spurs offense — fighting for spots on the floor that the spurs like, sticking with shootings at the arc, generally just throwing them off their game. But at the other end of the floor Spurs defense may be as…

  21. Gregg Popovich has Rick Adelman’s support for COY

    Mar 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Coach of the Year may come down to whether you’re old school or new school this year. The expected favorite for the award is Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, who has brought Chicago around to what may be the best win-total improvement, seed improvement, and clearly defensive improvement in the league this year, in only his…

  22. Tony Parker out two to four weeks with calf injury

    Feb 28, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

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    During All-Star weekend, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich kept saying he was waiting for the other shoe to drop. His core players — Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson and DeJuan Blair — had not missed a game all season. Popovich knew he’d been lucky. Up until now. Tony Parker will be out two…

  23. Spurs dismiss hot start as meaningless if they go cold now

    Feb 18, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    Gregg Popovich admitted he holds his breath every time Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili step off a curb. Things have gone about as well as the Spurs could hope for this season — including them having the same starting five for 55 of the 56 games. They have won 46 of those and looked every…

  24. Tim Duncan to start for Yao Ming in All-Star Game

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    It came down to Tim Duncan and Pau Gasol. Gregg Popovich went with his guy, not the hometown guy. He went with the guy who has started the last 11 All-Star Games, not the guy playing better this season. Tim Duncan will start at center for the West in the All-Star Game Sunday, replacing the…

  25. Antonio McDyess plans to play one more season

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    Put the gold watch back in the box, cancel the retirement party. Antonio McDyess said just two months ago this was it. Same thing he said before the season. One more run at age 36 and then he was hanging up his Nikes. Except, this year’s been kind of fun and the Spurs are doing…

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