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  1. Tuesday And-1 Links: Dwyane Wade to play vs. Pacers

    Mar 25, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Dwyane Wade is expected to play Wednesday night in the Heat/Pacers showdown, meaning…

  2. A guy got a Matt Bonner tattoo. He chose that of his own free will.

    Jan 28, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

    matt Bonner tattoo

    Well, it’s better than getting barbed wire tattooed around your bicep. Luke Bonner, the brother of San Antonio Spurs big man Matt Bonner, pointed us toward this — a man who got a tattoo of Matt Bonner launching one of his patented threes. I’m a fan of Bonner — the Red Mamba, the man who…

  3. Kyrie Irving says he plans to defend his All-Star Weekend Three Point Contest title

    Jan 24, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving is going to be a little busier this weekend in New Orleans for the All-Star Game, what with the fans voting him a starter and all. But he wants to defend his Three Point Contest title. Irving beat Matt Bonner in the final round last season, he was a bit of a surprise…

  4. Spurs Matt Bonner does a killer Andy Kaufman impersonation (VIDEO)

    Jan 16, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

    Matt Bonner

    Andy Kaufman is not dead. He lives on in the form of Matt Bonner, the Spurs reserve stretch four. Every year the Spurs put on a charity event called “Tux N’ Tennies” (raising money for the Silver & Black Give Back Foundation) where the players get up on stage (wearing a tux with basketball shoes) and…

  5. Kevin Love brags about winning “the ‘White Guy’ award”

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The NBA’s annual GM survey, analyzed by Kurt earlier today, contained few surprises. Who will win the championship? The Heat, as usual. Who will win MVP? LeBron James, obviously. Who is the best center? Dwight Howard, of course. Who’s the best coach in the NBA? Gregg Popovich, surely. Which player makes the most of limited…

  6. Matt Bonner envisions himself as the world’s worst boss (VIDEO)

    Aug 29, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

    111730_Matt_Bonner

    Matt Bonner‘s brother Luke is like you — a guy with a regular job. We’ll, he’s probably taller than you, but you get the idea. A guy just trying to make his way in the world. Luke works for GY&K Marketing in New Hampshire and the company is having a little fun with Matt — next…

  7. Matt Bonner knows his seasoned baby carrots

    Aug 21, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Matt Bonner

    That is Matt Bonner selling Shakedowns, which are season baby carrots. If you had asked me which NBA player was most likely to get an endorsement deal for seasoned baby carrots, I would have said Matt Bonner. He just would edge out DeMarcus Cousins and J.R. Smith. Not much else to say here, other than…

  8. DeJuan Blair says reason Spurs didn’t win Finals is he didn’t play enough

    Aug 19, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    Not everybody loves Gregg Popovich. Meet DeJuan Blair. You might remember him as the big man without ACLs who played pretty well for the Spurs — he started all but four games two seasons ago and averaged 9.5 points a game. However, he fell out of the rotation last season as Popovich went with the…

  9. American players stashed overseas, it doesn’t work out all that often

    Aug 16, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    At least six players American college players drafted in the second round — including James Ennis of Miami and Colton Iverson of the Boston Celtics — and as many as 11 total could sign their first contract overseas. It’s a full blown trend — for a long time NBA teams had drafted European players then…

  10. NBA Finals Heat vs. Spurs Game 2: Spurs rain threes, blow out Heat 113-77

    Jun 11, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Spurs' Parker follow the play during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    It was San Antonio’s turn for a blowout. After an ugly Game 2 loss the Spurs came out and rained down an NBA Finals record 16 threes — led by Danny Green with 7 and Gary Neal with 6, those two combined for 51 points and this was a complete domination by the Spurs, 113-77.…

  11. Matt Bonner is quietly getting a lot of “Go Gators” around Miami

    Jun 8, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Matt Bonner free throw

    MIAMI — The San Antonio Spurs are the enemy in Miami. This town is Heat crazy, LeBron James crazy, and they loathe anything that stands in their team’s way. But Matt Bonner has a local tie, too — he’s a Florida Gator. That’s a tie that runs deep here, too. And he’s hearing a little…

  12. NBA Finals Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

    Jun 4, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    tim duncan lebron james

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 66-16 (First seed in East) San Antonio 58-24 (Second seed in West) PLAYOFF RECORDS San Antonio 12-2 (swept the Lakers 4-0, beat the Warriors 4-2, swept the Grizzlies) Miami: 12-4 (swept Milwaukee 4-0, beat Chicago 4-1, went 7 to beat Pacers) SEASON SERIES This was the most meaningless 1-1 season series ever.…

  13. In impressive sweep, Spurs lay out path for future Grizzlies success

    May 28, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    That was impressive, San Antonio. A sweep was just not something anyone saw coming (even those of us who picked the Spurs in the series). Tony Parker was again playing like the guy everyone wanted to put in the MVP conversation mid-season. All series long he would turn the corner off the pick and do…

  14. Tony Parker, Spurs penetration is puzzle Grizzlies can’t solve

    May 26, 2013, 1:54 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Mike Conley tried. Tony Allen had some success, particularly late in the game, but even he was not consistent. Jerryd Bayless and everyone else that tried pretty much got torched. For the third game in a row, Tony Parker’s quickness off the dribble was the thing Memphis really had no answer for, and his penetration…

  15. Preview: Did Grizzlies figure out Spurs or will Game 3 be more of the same?

    May 25, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Spurs' Parker drives to the net past Grizzlies' Dooling during the second quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in San Antonio

    There have been seven quarters — 84 minutes — of the Western Conference Finals where the Spurs have looked much the better team. But the last 17 minutes — the fourth quarter and overtime, Memphis erased a 16-point deficit, pushed the game into overtime and made this start to look like the close series we…

  16. Spurs shut down Zach Randolph in Western Conference Finals’ first major strategic move

    May 20, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Zach Randolph recovered the opening tipoff in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, and he didn’t touch the ball again until the possession following the Grizzlies’ first timeout. Moments after cameras caught Randolph and Tim Duncan sharing a laugh coming out of that timeout, Randolph ran a seemingly designed pick-and-pop with Mike Conley, caught…

  17. Spurs show they have too much offense for Grizzlies to handle in Game 1 destruction

    May 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Green shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Conley during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball game in San Antonio

    In getting to the Western Conference Finals, the Grizzlies played two teams that couldn’t put together solid execution on the offensive end of the floor anywhere near consistently over the course of those playoff series. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Memphis defense, of course. But in the first round, the…

  18. Spurs have changed a lot since 2011 loss to Grizzlies

    May 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    When the Spurs started the 2010-11 season with a 17-3 record – on their way to a conference-best 61-21 finish – Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated profiled a team that no longer resembled previous San Antonio squads. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had played together under Gregg Popovich since the 2002-03 season, and…

  19. Spurs would like to remind you they are very good, crush Grizzlies in Game 1

    May 19, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The San Antonio Spurs are never the “it” team. Never the sexy squad with high-flying stars casual fans gravitate toward in the postseason. The collective national will was behind Stephen Curry and Golden State last round. Then a whole lot of prognosticators — very smart, good ones — picked Memphis this round. The Grizzlies were…

  20. The Extra Pass: Spurs relying on lineups that aren’t working

    May 16, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich reacts during the second half of their NBA Western Conference quarterfinal playoff basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Antonio

    Of the 35 most-used lineups in the playoffs, just three have negative net ratings and belong to teams that are still playing. All three belong to the Spurs. Tony Parker-Danny Green-Kawhi Leonard-Tim Duncan-Tiago Splitter: 70 minutes Offensive rating: 103.5 Defensive rating: 108.9 Net rating: –5.4 Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili-Danny Green-Kawhi Leonard-Tim Duncan: 36 minutes Offensive rating:…

  21. PBT Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

    May 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan works with the ball against Golden State Warriors Carl Landry during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio: 58-24, two seed in the West Golden State: 47-35, six seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS San Antonio: Swept the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 Golden State: Beat the Denver Nuggets 4-2 SEASON SERIES The teams split the series, with both teams winning their two home games. In both Spurs’ losses, they…

  22. Spurs’ Tiago Splitter rolls ankle, will miss Game 4 (more likely a week)

    Apr 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter,  Earl Clark

    It took a while for Tiago Splitter to find his spot with the Spurs. The former Spanish League player of the year had to learn the NBA style of game and how to play next to Tim Duncan. But coming into this year he put it all together, and now provides the size and presence…

  23. Spurs take care of business against injured Lakers, lead series 3-0

    Apr 27, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard

    LOS ANGELES — This is what good teams do. They take care of business. With injuries forcing the Lakers into lineups without any guards you can name — unless you’re a big D-League fan — the Spurs looked every bit the contender, racing out to an early double-digit lead, never letting up and cruising to…

  24. Spurs have little trouble with Lakers on the way to 2-0 series lead

    Apr 25, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The necessary adjustments the Lakers needed to make in order to have a shot in Game 2 against the Spurs were only going to work if they were able to turn in a similar defensive performance that held the Spurs to 37.6 percent shooting in Game 1 of the series. Since San Antonio used a…

  25. Bet I’d take: Lakers still make playoffs without Kobe

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    When teams lose a star player, there is often this short period where they play a little better without him — everyone else raises their game, the team plays with passion and commitment, and they get a few wins they shouldn’t. Grantland founder Bill Simmons called it the “Ewing effect” after the 1999 Knicks, who…

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