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  1. Spurs say they want to keep Parker. If they can is another question altogether.

    May 11, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    As was evident watching the Spurs got swept by the Suns, San Antonio needs to add some young legs and energy to the team, especially along the font line with Tim Duncan. A “stretch four” would be ideal, if you have one of those laying around they could have. However, as we discussed yesterday, helping…

  2. San Antonio Spurs: That looked like the end of an era, but can one big move revive it?

    May 10, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Phoenix’s defense is getting a lot of attention — everyone from Gregg Popovich on down is saying it’s better, even if the stats don’t really say the same thing. Whatever. That’s not why the Suns swept the Spurs aside in four games. The sweep happened because the Spurs were not the same defensive team they…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: The incredible, invisible Antonio McDyess

    May 10, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    What’s so remarkable about the playoffs is how quickly things can change for any one team. The Suns, who at one point struggled to keep pace with the injury-riddled Blazers, now look like a dominant playoff team. The nature of playoff match-ups change everything. Players, strategies, and specific styles can expose weaknesses in opponents or…

  4. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Should Nash's performance be immortalized?

    May 10, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    For the majority of the NBA year, injuries are temporary roadblocks. They’re set-backs that while inconvenient or possibly crippling, are mostly considered to be minor negative obstacles. There are overreactions to a foot injury here or a knee injury there, but for the most part they are self-contained, isolated events that create a bit of…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 4: The deed is done.

    May 10, 2010, 1:15 AM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. Maybe if I type that phrase enough times, the basketball gods will tie my precious typing fingers into knots for my blasphemy. In what universe could the Suns…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Shaq, Duncan, Kobe, and the one for the thumb

    May 9, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    At Spurs blog Pounding the Rock, a discussion for today’s Game 4 centers around a plea from a fan to not allow the Spurs’ dynasty to die. But a line caught my eye. “I don’t want it to be over. I so desperately want to see Tim (Duncan) get his fifth ring (before Shaq, before…

  7. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 4: With blood in the water, Phoenix will go for the quick kill

    May 9, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker have become a basketball establishment in their eight seasons together. They’ve captured three titles, made it to the postseason in each of those eight seasons, and lost in the first round of the playoffs only once. They also have never, in the time that the three have been…

  8. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Pace may have been the red herring

    May 9, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    If both the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs are reduced to the most basic tenets of their respective basketball philosophies, it’s easy to paint them as foils. Steve Nash stands as something of an iconoclast in the Church of Popovich; even if Steve’s professionalism, leadership, and continued excellence don’t stray too far at all…

  9. Tony Parker to have MRI on injured shoulder

    May 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tony Parker had a pretty bad night last night. Losing to go down 0-3 to the Suns who the Spurs have traditionally owned, getting limited by Goran Dragic’ defense and watching the young Slovenian shred him and the rest of his team for 23 points in the fourth quarter. Oh, yeah, and he hurt his…

  10. Last Night in the Playoffs: Classic defenses torn asunder

    May 8, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    For the past three seasons, the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics have been pillars of defensive excellence in the NBA. They’ve consistently managed to find victory by shutting down their opponent. The blueprint was always the same. Consistent terrific help on any perimeter penetration, effective, smothering doubles on post-players, and a persistent maintenance…

  11. NBA Playoffs Suns Spurs Game 3: Goran Dragic just happened

    May 8, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT

    No one saw this coming. Goran Dragic went absolutely nova in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, destroying the vaunted Spurs’ defense in route to a 110-96 win for the Suns in Game 3 Friday night. The Phoenix Suns, with all their tortured history against this team, with…

  12. Spurs go "loco," read whatever political statement into that you want

    May 7, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    In the wake of the “Los Suns” controversy –and if you don’t think it was controversial, check out our commenters on the story — the Suns/Spurs series shifts to San Antonio. Another former part of Mexico. Another city with a lot of Mexican influences. Another city with a large Hispanic population. Another city where immigration…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Oh, how Tim Duncan has fallen

    May 7, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    When all is said and done, Tim Duncan will rightfully go down in history as one of the best — if not the very best — defender the game has ever seen. That’s why Duncan’s suddenly diminished defensive effectiveness in this series has been so startling. Don’t get me wrong, there are times where Tim…

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

    May 7, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Meet cranky Gregg Popovich

    May 6, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Two losses on the road, two games where the Spurs had chances to make a mark and instead watched the Suns do that, watched the Suns make the big plays. It has all left Gregg Popovich a little testy. Get past the cliches of the Suns in this video to get to Pops, he was…

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

    May 6, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    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…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 2: Somehow, Phoenix finds a way to negate Duncan's advantage in the paint

    May 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Although the Suns aren’t exactly stacked with defenders that can handle Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, no single Spurs player stands as a bigger threat to what Phoenix hopes to accomplish than Tim Duncan. If TD is playing his best basketball, the Spurs would likely win this series even, regardless of a George Hill disappearance.…

  18. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 2: Phoenix will again be without Robin Lopez

    May 5, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    According to the Phoenix Suns’ official Twitter feed, Robin Lopez has been ruled out for Game 2 tonight. Not that the Suns really needed him in Game 1, as Tim Duncan was held to a nice, but manageable 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Some of those points came off of freebie transition opportunities, and all-in-all…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Surprise, surprise, pace still matters

    May 3, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    The Suns aren’t quite the Suns, as they traded in their rocket boots for some decent, reliable New Balance kicks (Matt Bonner approved, coincidentally). That simply means that they run rather than fly, and while their pace isn’t the torrid, unmatchable sprint it used to be, Phoenix still likes to push the pace (97.6 possessions…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: If your heart says Phoenix and your head says San Antonio, the numbers agree with your heart

    May 3, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    In the strictest sense, the San Antonio Spurs’ first round victory over the Dallas Mavericks should be considered a monumental achievement. A 2-7 upset should be praised in the highest regard. A pauper bested a prince! David toppled Goliath! The spunky underdogs with hearts of gold took down the evil billionaire! Only it wasn’t. The…

  21. DeJuan Blair in car accident on way to game six

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    A freak accident Thursday night on the way to the arena almost forced DeJuan Blair to miss the game — and he’s lucky because it could have been a lot worse. The accident left him with a damaged car but did not keep him from playing, Blair told the San Antonio News Express: It was…

  22. NBA Playoffs: San Antonio will not be deterred, finished of Dallas in six

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:55 AM EDT

    With the Dallas Mavericks down, the Denver Nuggets on the brink, the Phoenix Suns decidedly mortal, and the Utah Jazz dinged up, the San Antonio Spurs would like to respectfully enter their name for consideration as the non-LA team to beat in the West. They looked every bit of it in their resilient game (and…

  23. NBA Playoffs: The Mavs fight to stay alive and look damn good in doing so

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:33 AM EDT

    In the first four playoff games between the Mavs and the Spurs, each game was decided by just a few possessions. Dallas edged San Antonio in Game 1, the Mavs were within two points during the fourth quarter of Game 2, and the Spurs’ took Games 3 and 4 by a combined seven points. Then…

  24. Quote of the day, Brooklyn Decker's job is safe

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    “Definitely, my modeling career is going to be postponed.” –San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili, on the broken nose he is playing though this series. (via the San Antonio Express News)

  25. NBA Playoffs: Robin Lopez inches toward his return

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    It’s been obvious for some time now that Robin Lopez is quite important to the Phoenix Suns, but he’s even more so after the Suns took a 3-2 series lead over the Blazers last night. With just one win between Phoenix from the second round of the playoffs, I think it’s a bit natural to…

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