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  1. Gregg Popovich: American players don’t work as hard as foreign players

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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

    I always figured the Spurs’ large contingent of international players – Tim Duncan (U.S. Islands), Tony Parker (France), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Cory Joseph (Canada), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia) and Aron Baynes (Australia) – was the product of three main reasons. 1. Scouting. San Antonio does an…

  2. Spurs don’t need to adjust as much as you think for Game 3

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    Spurs' Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    It wasn’t so much the plan as the execution of it. Despite what the final score suggests, San Antonio did a number of things right in Game 2. They once again made things difficult for LeBron James — through two games he is averaging 17.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting. He started Sunday night 2-of-12…

  3. Players talk about LeBron James’ block on Tiago Splitter

    Jun 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — It was the defining moment of Game 2, even though by this point the game was pretty well in hand for the Heat. LeBron James went up and shut down Tiago Splitter at the rim, a lot of the players were buzzing about it after the game. LeBron James: “Just wanted to, I…

  4. LeBron James follows powerful block with powerful dunk to put away Spurs (video)

    Jun 9, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

      Two offensive possessions after he blocked Tiago Splitter’s dunk attempt, LeBron James had his own dunk attempt. Nobody blocked this one. That put the Heat up by 24 points, and they never looked back.

  5. LeBron blocks Tiago Splitter’s dunk (video)

    Jun 9, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Tiago Splitter set a screen for Tony Parker in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and Splitter rolled to the rim wide open. The only question was whether Parker could find an angle to make the pass, but he did and Splitter rose to dunk. Enter LeBron James. You won’t see…

  6. Heat plan to get Chris Bosh some touches on the block

    Jun 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — It is one of the key images out of Game 1 of the NBA Finals — the Heat are down four late, LeBron James drives into the paint and rather than shoot over the help defender he dishes back to a wide open Chris Bosh at the three point line. The Spurs don’t…

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

    Jun 4, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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    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.…

  8. Monday And-1 links: Patty Mills got to lift weights with Sir Paul McCartney

    May 28, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Paul McCartney

    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 like your grandmother loves CSI: Miami reruns… • San Antonio’s Patty Mills tells the…

  9. San Antonio is team best suited to challenge Miami coronation

    May 28, 2013, 2:59 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    What none of us really want — outside of a few diehards in South Beach — is the NBA playoffs to be a leisurely stroll to a Heat coronation. We want Miami tested, pushed, challenged at the very least. We want them to prove they have earned it (if they can). That starts with Indiana…

  10. PBT Draft preview: Great news! The NBA is getting another Zeller brother!

    May 27, 2013, 9:14 PM EDT

    VCU v Wichita St.

    You hate to say a guy made a mistake going back to college for a year, but in Cody Zeller’s case…. The center out of Indiana was expected to come out as a top 10 pick last year and he chose to return to Indiana for a sophomore season. And he pretty much looked exactly…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Western Conference Finals preview: Grizzlies vs. Spurs

    May 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Zach Randolph

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West San Antonio: 58-24, second seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Clippers 4-2 in the first round. Beat the Thunder 4-1 in the second round. San Antonio: Beat the Lakers 4-0 in the first round. Beat the Warriors 4-2 in the second round. SEASON…

  15. Spurs ramp up defense to beat Warriors, advance to Western Conference Finals

    May 17, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    The Warriors had a great run, but their magic ran out. In a hard fought, defense driven effort the Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82 to advance to their 2nd consecutive Western Conference Finals. Golden State battled all night, trying to stave off elimination but simply didn’t have enough. Stephen Curry scored 22 points, but never found…

  16. 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:…

  17. Spurs ride strong nights from Tony Parker and Tim Duncan to take down Warriors

    May 11, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

    Spurs' Duncan pats team mate Parker on the head during their Game 3 win over the Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    It took 3 games, but the Spurs finally started to look like themselves against the Warriors. The ball movement was back, the defensive discipline was there and with those two things in place the Spurs took control back in the series with a 102-92 win in game 3. After the game Gregg Popovich said that…

  18. Golden State playing some good defense against Spurs, too

    May 10, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Golden State’s offense has been undoubtedly impressive these playoffs. After David Lee went down and Mark Jackson went small they exposed the Nuggets three point defense. Now the Warriors are making the older Tim Duncan pay for not showing out at the arc on picks, they are not letting San Antonio hide Tony Parker on…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. Lakers’ Blake out indefinitely; Nash, Meeks doubtful for Game 3

    Apr 25, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    It looks like the Lakers will head into Game 3 against the Spurs Friday night without their top four guards. Steve Blake is out indefinitely with a right hamstring injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Lakers latest loss on Wednesday night, the team announced Thursday afternoon. The injury was checked out by ultrasound…

  23. Greg Smith throws down on Tiago Splitter (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Tiago Splitter ends up on the wrong end of a lot of dunks. Which means he’s a guy defending the rim who doesn’t shirk away from his duties. That’s admirable. But he still gets dunked on a lot, which is what happened with Greg Smith on Sunday. The Rockets’ Smith was open at the elbow to…

  24. Tim Duncan with more luck than skill on lefty tip-in (VIDEO)

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    It’s better to be lucky than good sometimes. Even when you are Tim Duncan and already really, really good. Duncan had a throwback night — 28 points, 19 rebounds — to lead the Spurs to a win over Dallas, but it wasn’t all basketball art. Nifty pass by Tiago Splitter, who is having an underrated…

  25. Seeming rash of injuries could shape NBA playoff picture

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    On a court in Denver, Knicks fans watched Carmelo Anthony leave early to get to the locker room as his knee was clearly bothering him into another bad shooting night. Later he was on a plane back to New York to get fluid drained from that knee and other procedures to get him back on…

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