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  1. 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…

  2. 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:…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Value (Southwest Division)

    Jan 23, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. We’ve looked at the Northwest Division and Pacific Division, so let’s finish up the Western Conference with the Southwest Division. *** San Antonio Spurs: 33-11, 1st in Southwest Division, $988,000 short of tax…

  22. The Extra Pass: Identifying Offensive Calling Cards

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at which teams are outperforming all others in specific areas of the game. Play logging has been used by NBA teams for quite some time, but the derived numbers…

  23. Spurs avoid total meltdown, hand Lakers their 5th straight loss

    Jan 10, 2013, 12:27 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich, Manu Ginobili

    In what’s been a familiar site lately, the Lakers lost a game on Wednesday night, this time to the Spurs 108-105. The loss drops them to 15-20 on the season and represents another shovel of dirt on their playoff chances in what’s been their most disappointing season…maybe ever. The win gave the Spurs their 15th…

  24. Report: Spurs continue to shop DeJuan Blair

    Jan 9, 2013, 10:38 PM EST

    BLAIR_DeJUAN

    With just about every NBA General Manager in the same gym at the D-League showcase in Idaho, you’re going to see a lot of trade talk start to heat up. However, when it comes to the San Antonio Spurs and DeJuan Blair, that heat is more like an enduring flame than a spark. Basically, the…

  25. Spurs go ice cold, Knicks win big at home

    Jan 4, 2013, 12:25 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Against a San Antonio Spurs frontcourt that features two incredibly productive 7-footers in Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson had no choice but to go big. It was finally time to provide the answer to all the questions the New York media has been pestering him with. It was time…

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