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  1. Steve Nash out for Suns as Spurs try to end slide

    Apr 3, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    NASH_STEVE

    Good for the Spurs, bad for the Suns, terrible for ratings. Steve Nash will miss today’s matinée against the Spurs as he sits out his second consecutive game with flu-like symptoms. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports: The Suns don’t have Steve Nash, who is home ill with flulike symptoms for a second consecutive game. The…

  2. Their fans may but Spurs are not going to panic

    Apr 1, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    For the first time since Tim Duncan came to San Antonio, the Spurs have lost five games in a row. Right before the playoffs. In the season when it looked like they had found the fountain of youth, when they were back to being elite. The season maybe they could get one for the thumb.…

  3. Video: Manu Ginobili with the playground fake on Kevin Garnett

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:05 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    There were not a lot of highlights for the Spurs out of the loss to the Celtics Thursday. San Antonio got it’s big three back, the Celtics still don’t have a center, yet Boston won with room to spare. But there was this. Manu Ginobili put on a playground move and Kevin Garnett totally bit.…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston, Lakers send some messages

    Apr 1, 2011, 7:54 AM EST

    Celtics

    What you missed while watching the Hangover 2 trailer…. Celtics 107, Spurs 97: The Celtics ultimately will go as Rajon Rondo goes. He’s been injured and slumping. He’s back, and if he is the Celtics are back with him. You know the Celtics are going to defend well (they still need a stabilizing presence in…

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

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    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…

  6. Ginobili out as Spurs’ slide continues; Grizzlies get breathing room

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:09 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    The Spurs have been without Tim Duncan for three games with his latest injury. They have now lost all three games after the Grizzlies edged the Spurs 111-104. And while they are 6-4 in their past ten, the slide has been apparent. The Spurs are entering the playoffs neither healthy nor high on momentum. Add…

  7. Spurs sign Da’Sean Butler for remainder of season

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    West Virginia v Kentucky

    The Spurs have decided to take a smart, calculated risk on Da’Sean Butler, and have signed the free agent forward, reports Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy on twitter. Just a year ago Butler was leading West Virginia into the NCAA Final Four — where he blew out his ACL against Duke. Teams are leery of guys coming…

  8. Lakers resurgence reminds us bigger is better

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    Why, every year, do people fall for this? Back in December Lakers fans were freaking out — and the rest of the league hoped they were right — because something seemed off about the Lakers. They weren’t bad, but the two-time defending champions were not dominating everyone, were not focused, were not defending, were not…

  9. Tiago Splitter, your time is now

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

    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…

  10. MRI shows Duncan may be out more than two weeks

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    An MRI on Tim Duncan’s ankle showed “between a grade one and grade two sprain” Spurs GM R.C. Buford said, reports Mike Monroe on twitter. A grade one sprain would mean about the two-week recovery Duncan himself said after the injury. A grade two sprain — which means a partial tearing of the ligaments –…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: The Lakers look like the Lakers again

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Notice that two of the top three are from the West? That’s because the East is stumbling toward the playoffs. 1. Lakers (50-20, LW #3). Four wins in a row and just one loss since the All-Star break. They won Monday without Andrew Bynum and will have another game without him Tuesday, but with his…

  12. Heat come out of big test with incomplete grade

    Mar 20, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

    This was to be the big test. We were going to finally really figure some things out about the Miami Heat. They had 11 consecutive games against quality teams – every one of them headed to the playoffs. Plenty of contenders in the mix. Finally we would see the Heat against the best. They finished…

  13. Best bench lineups in NBA? Stats say look at contenders.

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Depth can matter more in the regular season than the playoffs, when rotations tighten and stars get extra minutes because games are not as stacked up on top of each other. But depth does matter in getting top seeds and home court, and it does matter in giving a coach matchup flexibility in the playoffs.…

  14. NBA playoff picture slowly starting to come into focus

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    At this point, nothing would really surprise me when the NBA playoffs start in a month. Well, Indiana winning the NBA title — heck, more than one game — would surprise me. So that is not totally true. But it’s hard to remember a more wide-open year. Every potential contender has enough strengths that you…

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

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    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…

  16. Heat have best defensive game of season, rout Spurs

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:40 PM EST

    Tony Parker Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs

    Since the first day of training camp — really, from the first day Miami’s triad of stars aligned — it’s been about the Heat defense. That was the question, the answer would determine how far they could go. Ten days ago, the Spurs beat the Heat by 30 when Miami’s defense couldn’t stop the Spurs…

  17. Tune in early to see if Heat can hang with Spurs late Monday

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:54 PM EST

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs

    Last time the end of the game had all the suspense of a North Korean election. It was over before it started. Back on March 4, the Spurs walked out of the locker room draining threes while the Heat had just 12 first quarter points. Miami was down more than 20 less than 12 minutes…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: How about a Spurs vs. Bulls NBA finals?

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It still feels like with the top six teams you could flip a coin week to week on who is playing the best at any given moment. This week the coin came up Spurs. 1. Spurs (54-12, Last Week #4). After a loss to the Lakers a week ago Sunday they put together three nice…

  19. Lakers send message to Spurs (and anyone else watching)

    Mar 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili

    Phil Jackson did not treat this like any other game. He spent extra time in film preparation for this game, according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave Miller (a former Hornet assistant coach). He sent Kobe Bryant back into the fourth quarter of a blowout, when Kobe usually has ice on his knees. With 3:11 left…

  20. Time to see if the Lakers have figured out the Spurs puzzle

    Mar 6, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    If it is not Lakers vs. Spurs in a May best-of-seven series to be the Western Conference champion, it will be a little disappointing. Sorry Mr. Cuban, Mr. Durant. It’s not personal, we do like you. You’re teams are entertaining and quite good. But Lakers/Spurs would match the two teams in the West best built…

  21. Spurs keep winning, keep saying Lakers are team to beat

    Mar 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    I’m done believing the Spurs. I’m not alone on this bandwagon — “the Spurs are the best team in basketball” bandwagon. Just not the Spurs players. They keep saying the Lakers are the best, like they did again before the two teams face off Sunday. Look what they told Fran Blinebury of NBA.com. “They have…

  22. Just how good are the Lakers? Ask again in a week.

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has anyone figured out these Lakers? Last year’s Lakers had the swagger and game of a champion from the start (despite some in-season lapses). These Lakers are much harder to figure out — they beat the Celtics in Boston, but lose to the Cavaliers. Pau Gasol is Black Swan and White Swan. Andrew Bynum’s focus…

  23. Game of the Night: The Heat get destroyed

    Mar 5, 2011, 12:28 AM EST

    Parker Bibby

    The Heat’s recent losses have almost all come down to the wire. The team’s seeming inability to execute in late-game situations is a major concern, but the losses could still be explained away. The Heat’s previous 7 losses had come by an average of less than four points, and they hadn’t lost a game that…

  24. Corey Brewer sweepstakes a crowded one

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    coreybrewer

    Everyone knew that Troy Murphy was going to get a buyout and that Mike Bibby was going to do whatever it took to get out of Washington. But Corey Brewer being bought out by the Knicks was a surprise. He came to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, we assumed because the…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Maybe the Spurs are going to miss Tony Parker

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies Celebrate

    What you missed while driving around in reverse… Grizzlies 109, Spurs 93: Memphis has officially taken on the mantel of “the team nobody wants to face in the first round.” They play physically, they have a long front line, they have good athletes on the wing and they can score. Memphis is going to be…

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