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

    May 27, 2013, 9:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 20, 2013, 9:22 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EST

    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…

  5. Western Conference Finals preview: Grizzlies vs. Spurs

    May 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 17, 2013, 2:12 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 16, 2013, 1:41 PM EST

    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:…

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

    May 11, 2013, 2:24 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 10, 2013, 9:39 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 27, 2013, 2:32 AM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 25, 2013, 4:19 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:33 PM EST

    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…

  16. Seeming rash of injuries could shape NBA playoff picture

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:41 AM EST

    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…

  17. Three Stars of the Night: Unlikely heroes edition

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:44 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs Stephen Jackson, Tim Duncan, and Tiago Splitter of Brazil celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Most nights, we have the game’s biggest stars lighting up the scoreboard while leading their teams to victory. That wasn’t the case on Monday, as the leading scorers on the winning side of things were largely unheralded players. Third Star: Kosta Koufos (Game-high and career-high 22 points, 10 rebounds in win over Suns) Koufos isn’t…

  18. Spurs sure look like contenders in 12-point win over Thunder

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:21 AM EST

    Tim Duncan

    There are two, slightly contradictory take aways from this game: 1) There are a lot of people that watched the Spurs look great in the regular season the last couple years but then look very beatable in the playoffs who think this Spurs team is like those. But there is a key difference — this…

  19. Another guy who could get traded: DeJuan Blair

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:16 AM EST

    DeJuan Blair

    A couple years ago DeJuan Blair was everybody’s favorite NBA players without any ACLs… well, he still is that as he is alone. But he was a regular part of the Spurs bigs rotation — 21 minutes a night, 8.3 points and 7 rebounds a game, he was considered a draft-day steal. Now, Gregg Popovich…

  20. The Extra Pass: The Spurs and time

    Feb 12, 2013, 9:29 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the San Antonio Spurs.  You don’t have to scrounge for reasons for why the San Antonio Spurs have such great success. A quick point of the finger to Tim Duncan…

  21. NBA Power Rankings: Finals rematch Thursday could be finals preview

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Finally, here are the delayed regular Monday PBT NBA power rankings. We said this a lot during the NBA finals last year — if we see the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder face off in three of the next five NBA finals it shouldn’t be a shock. This season looks more and more like…

  22. Maybe you shouldn’t expect Al Jefferson to be a Spur

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Yesterday we brought you the report from Chris Sheridan that the San Antonio Spurs were way out in front of the pack in terms of trading for Al Jefferson of the Utah Jazz. The move has some logic — Jefferson is in the last year of his deal, he’s a better player than Tiago Splitter…

  23. Report: Spurs frontrunners to trade for Al Jefferson

    Feb 6, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

    Al Jefferson

    It is widely expected the Utah Jazz are going to trade one of their two big men before the trade deadline — Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are both in the last year of their contracts and they are not both coming back. The Spurs are in the lead to land Jefferson, reports long-time hoops…

  24. Grizzlies coach Hollins doesn’t sound like fan of Gay trade

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:19 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins works his team from the bench against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    If Lionel Hollins is coaching the Memphis Grizzlies next season, I’ll be surprised. He continues to say things that clearly can be taken at tweaks at management. Last month he had a rant against the trend of advanced statistics in the NBA, that right after new owner Robert Pera (an advanced math guy) hired a…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Lakers loss

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:44 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while working on your eyelid weightlifting…. Grizzlies 106, Lakers 93: The Lakers added injury to insult when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his shoulder problem in the first half, and the Grizzlies took full advantage by recording 16 offensive rebounds and 60 points in the…

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