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  1. San Antonio is back — and interesting this time

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:52 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    The San Antonio Spurs, even at their peak, felt like your father’s favorite team — quiet and efficient. Good defense, methodical pace, the backboard is your friend. Fundamental. Controlled. That’s not bad, I love my father — I wish I were more like him in a lot of ways — but that doesn’t mean I…

  2. Game of the night: The Spurs would like your attention, please

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:51 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili

    After 24 minutes of decent offensive execution with poor finishing, the Spurs’ third quarter was an explosion of contrasts. San Antonio’s inexplicable misses were made right again, and so were some of their lower quality looks, for that matter. The Spurs just went to that happy place, where every three-pointer is accompanied by candy raining…

  3. Don’t look now, but the Spurs are good

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:36 PM EST

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    With all the talk about the Celtics, the Lakers, the Hornets, and the Heat going on right now, it’s pretty easy not to notice that the 8-1 San Antonio Spurs have the league’s second-best record. The Spurs haven’t had a very tough schedule, of course, and didn’t have a signature win on their record until…

  4. Checking in with the new Richard Jefferson

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Richard Jefferson

    Though Tiago Splitter was San Antonio’s big off-season addition, it’s an improved Richard Jefferson that could really give the ’10-’11 Spurs some teeth. San Antonio was a fine team last season, but with Splitter bolstering the Spurs’ depth and Jefferson revamping his approach, Duncan and company could conceivably improve enough to sniff the West’s top…

  5. NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

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    Last season: 50-32, tied with Oklahoma City and Portland for the six seed (or eight seed, depending on how you want to look at it). The Spurs bested the Mavericks in six games in what was a mild first round upset, but were swept aside by the Suns in the next round. That kind of…

  6. Richard Jefferson has the nerve to go back to the basics

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    I’m not sure where Richard Jefferson learned how to be a professional athlete, but I’m pretty sure he’s doing it wrong. First, he abandoned huge short-term financial gains in favor of a more practical long-term deal. Well-played certainly, but to give up a $15.2 million single-year salary along with a chance to play his way…

  7. Tim Duncan told Richard Jefferson not to think about elephants

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    According to an account from Richard Jefferson in the most recent issue of ESPN the Magazine, Tim Duncan gave Jefferson a single, very simple instruction upon his arrival in San Antonio: “When I first got here, Tim Duncan told me, ‘Don’t suck. As long as you don’t suck, you’ll be helping the team.’ He basically…

  8. Source: Richard Jefferson likely re-signing with San Antonio

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:26 PM EST

    Richard Jefferson has certainly had an odd go of it with the Spurs. When he was traded to San Antonio by Milwaukee last summer, it was thought to be one of the off-season’s greatest moves, and combined with the Spurs’ other acquisitions, was supposed to thrust San Antonio back into contention. It didn’t quite work…

  9. Spurs fans: Just when you thought you were rid of Richard Jefferson…

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EST

    Yesterday, everybody went, “what, really?” when Richard Jefferson opted out of his $15.2 million final year with the San Antonio Spurs. But he is already negotiating to come back to San Antonio next season, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And it really makes sense, if you think about it. Several NBA sources assume Jefferson…

  10. ProBasketballTalk's free agent roundup: Let the party begin

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:45 AM EST

    Free agency is underway — although it has unofficially been underway for weeks through back channels. Everyone has been talking to everyone. So, consider midnight the end of the NBA’s “we’re looking the other way at all the tampering” season. And the start of the real free agent craziness. Below is a roundup of where…

  11. Report: Richard Jefferson opts out of deal; Spurs fans believe it is a miracle

    Jun 30, 2010, 7:55 PM EST

    If you are Dirk Nowitzki, it makes a lot of sense to opt out of the last year of your deal. You’ll lose a little money in the short term to make it back in the long haul over the next few years. Richard Jefferson used that logic in opting out of his deal with…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 3: Jefferson's big scoring night was all part of the plan

    May 7, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    In Game 2, Richard Jefferson scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. For some guys in this league, that’s a walk in the park. For Jefferson this season, it my be closer to a modern miracle. After being touted as one of the keynote acquisitions by any team last off-season, RJ has disappointed time and time…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 2: Ignore the shiny superstars, this one's about the reserves

    May 6, 2010, 12:34 AM EST

    Tim Duncan had 29 points and 10 boards, the Spurs had an effective field goal percentage of 55.1%, and George Hill and Richard Jefferson combined for 32 points (including a 18-10 double-double). It just wasn’t enough. San Antonio made runs and they pressed Phoenix repeatedly, but every lineup the Suns put on the floor had…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 1: Stars for Phoenix are hidden in plain view

    May 4, 2010, 12:09 PM EST

    Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire are All-NBA caliber players, and in this series they will perform and be praised. They’re just too talented not to, and their combined 56 points — as well as their respective double-doubles — speaks to their tremendous impact on the Suns’ huge Game 1 victory over the Spurs. On the…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Close wins are good enough for the Spurs, who are finding new and exciting ways to best the Mavs

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

    When they entered the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs were not considered a championship contender. Their late season success was chalked up as something of an aberration, and though many picked them to ‘upset’ the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, that’s not exactly the same as declaring the Spurs fit to…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Suddenly those Spurs are back, and the Mavericks don't know what to do about it

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

    Uh-oh. Those Spurs are back. The ones that have all those pretty little banners hanging up in the AT&T Center. The seemingly mistake free ones. For one night at least, those guys were back. Tim Duncan was his cyborg-efficient self. Manu Ginobili continues to play like a man on fire. They defend but do not…

  17. Spurs' long-term hopes fading as fast as short-term ones

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:26 AM EST

    I almost headlined this sucker “Spurs are doomed, thanks for asking.” I’m not trying to overreact to the last month 3 months 6 months, but it’s hard to ignore the very real situation that’s developing in the Spurs’ organization. Namely, if the future is now, they’re in trouble, and if the future is later, they’re…

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