Tag:San Antonio Spurs
Posted on: April 8, 2010 10:59 pm

Ginobili extension exceeds $38 million

One of the biggest potential free agents of 2010 is officially off the market. Manu Ginobili signed a new three-year deal with the Spurs Thursday, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Ginobili, 32, will make $11.8 million in 2010-11, $12.9 million in '11-12 and $14.1 million in the final year of the deal, bringing the total to more than $38,8 million, sources said.

Ginobili has been a major reason for the Spurs' resurgence since the All-Star break, and now coach Greg Popovich doesn't have to worry about the Argentine star seeking greener pastures as a free agent July 1.
Posted on: April 29, 2009 11:20 am

Cuban offers Twitter taunt to critics

The Tweet came across a couple of hours after the Mavericks had eliminated the Spurs, who will not be venturing past the first round for the first time since 2000. How many starting point guards in the west under the age of 30 will be playing after saturday? #fb

Take a bow, Cubes. Just don't strain your back.

The taunt obviously was in response to a world of critics -- myself included -- of Cuban's decision to trade Devin Harris to the Nets at last season's trade deadline. Now that the Mavs have slain the Spurs' dynasty, Cuban is well within his rights to gloat.

At the advanced age of 36, Kidd had an excellent series against San Antonio, shooting 40 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range. Rick Carlisle did a nice coaching job with Kidd, playing him with J.J. Barea and protecting the slowing, aging Kidd from his defensive liabilities. Cuban is right in that by the end of the weekend, the two younger point guards in the West most capable of exposing Kidd on the defensive end -- Tony Parker and Chris Paul -- will be at home and not on the court. The other is Houston's Aaron Brooks, but the Mavs wouldn't see him until the conference finals -- and only if they can beat Denver and the Rockets can knock off the Lakers (assuming they finish off Portland at home Thursday night).

Chauncey Billups is tough to defend, but doesn't have the burst that Parker and Paul possess. With a combination of Kidd's savvy, Barea's peskiness, and Antoine Wright's length, Carlisle should be able to figure out a way to keep Kidd from getting sliced and diced too badly in the second round, too.

The bottom line is this: Yes, Harris is a better player with bigger upside than Kidd at this stage of their careers. But this is an example of a progressive owner taking a calculated risk and watching it pay off. It is hard to argue with the results. Harris and the Nets won 34 games this season and are saddled with Kidd's former running mate, Vince Carter, and his $34 million over the next two seasons. The Mavs are done with Kidd after the playoffs are over. And for them, the playoffs are far from over.

Given the Hornets' 58-point loss to the Nuggets in Game 4, it isn't too early to look ahead to Mavs-Nuggets in the conference semifinals. Denver will have home court by virtue of its 54 wins compared to 50 for the Mavs. The Nuggets swept the regular season series 4-0. although three of those losses were by three points or less. But once you're this deep into the playoffs, regular season matchups don't mean as much. It's about how you're playing now, and the Mavs have their superstar, Dirk Nowitzki, playing at a high level. They also have an effective bench led by sixth man of the year Jason Terry, a certain geriatric point guard who's still hanging on, and a trigger-happy, tweeting owner who isn't afraid to point out when he's right.

Posted on: April 20, 2009 1:56 pm

Buzzer Beaters

Here I am at LaGuardia's Marine Air Terminal, killing a few minutes before heading up to Boston for a very critical Game 2 for the defending champion Celtics. If you were following me on Twitter, you'd already know that. If, on the other hand, you have a life ...

Anyway, a canceled flight has given me a chance to bring you a bonus, pre-game version of Buzzer Beaters. Buzzer Beaters 2.0 will arrive after Monday night's games.

What do the Celtics need to do Monday night to keep their slim repeat hopes alive? Much more than slow down Derrick Rose. Obviously, they're going to need more than 1-for-12 shooting from Ray Allen, and they're going to need more than 8-for-21 shooting from Paul Pierce. More important than all of that is the rebounding factor. KG or no KG, the Celtics cannot get outrebounded like this (53-45 in Game 1) on a consistent basis and expect to win this series. Rose hurt them the most with his timely baskets and fearless penetration. But you can argue that after Rose, Joakim Noah's 17 rebounds were the biggest factor that doomed the Celtics.

Ball movement -- or lack of it -- is the other one. Sixteen assists on 39 field goals? That's not going to cut it, whether the Celtics are playing Rose's Bulls or Jordan's Bulls. (Monday night, by the way, is the 23rd anniversary of MJ's 63-point playoff performance against the Celtics.)

The other game Monday night is every bit as intriguing and just as important for the home team. The Spurs' reconfigured bench kept them afloat for much of this season when Manu Ginobili has been out. It needs to deliver in Game 2 and not get run off the court by J.J. Barea, Brandon Bass, and Jason Terry. All these Game 1 road upsets have illustrated to all of us how little we know. That educuation would be furthered if the proud, veteran, playoff-tested Spurs and Celtics take another one on the chin. The numbers would suggest that the Spurs are in more trouble than the Celtics. Boston can write off Game 1 to simply being unable to win when your two top scorers shoot 9-for-33. But the Spurs got outstanding games from Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, made 11 of 14 3-pointers, and got Michael Finley's highest scoring game in more than five weeks (19 points). Yeesh. Mark Cuban will be Tweeting his brains out if the Mavs win this one.




Posted on: April 6, 2009 8:43 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2009 9:04 pm

Stick a fork in the Spurs

No Manu? How do you say, "The Spurs are toast," in Spanish?

This analysis was both accurate and pointless; without Manu Ginobili, the Spurs are going nowhere in the playoffs., Manu said it himself about a week ago when I caught up with him after his first game back after missing more than a month with the right ankle injury that sidelined him Monday for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

"We always have a good shot," Ginobili said that night in Atlanta. "The thing is, if we’re not healthy, we won’t."

File this one under "won't." And as old and slow as the Spurs looked Sunday in Cleveland, it's time to start wondering whether the window has closed not only on this season, but also on their semi-dynasty (is four titles in 11 years a dynasty?)

It's wide open in the West now for anyone who wants to step up and challenge the Lakers. Nuggets, Rockets, Blazers, Hornets, Jazz, and dare I say Mavericks? Are you listening?



Category: NBA
Posted on: March 25, 2009 10:19 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

ATLANTA --When Tim Duncan is resting his ailing knee and Manu Ginobili is fighting his way through a 1-for-7 shooting night in his first game in six weeks, it sure helps to have Tony Parker.

Parker was brilliant Wednesday night with 42 points and 10 assists, helping the Spurs solve their recent struggles closing out games in a 102-92 victory over the Hawks. Parker's performance was so good, it prompted Duncan to say he deserves to at least be in the top five on voters' MVP ballots in a few weeks.

"I think absolutely," said Duncan, a two-time MVP. "Of course I'm biased, obviously. But with the position that we're in -- second or seventh in the West, however many games it can switch -- we're right in the mix with that. The amount of injuries we've been dealing with all year ... he's keeping this team consistent. He's been the consistent one all year long. Absolutely, he should be at least given an opportunity to be one of those top five."

It was the second-highest scoring game of Parker's career, after the 55 points against Minnesota in double overtime back in November. (For the record, he had 42 in regulation in that game.)

When Parker had 55 points and 10 assists in a 129-125 victory over the Timberwolves on Nov. 5, he stopped San Antonio from suffering its first 0-4 start since 1973. I'm detecting a theme. When the Spurs are in trouble, Parker comes to the rescue.

"He was unstoppable," said Ginobili, who had only two points on 1-for-7 shooting in 14:02, his first appearance after missing 19 games with a stress reaction in his right ankle. "But at the same time, he was really good playing defense. And there was a stretch where he found Roger (Mason), (Michael Finley), Matt (Bonner) on the roll, and they didn’t know what to do. He was the reason that we won this game."

Parker is the reason the Spurs win a lot of games. But they know they're not going anywhere if they don't get Ginobili and Duncan 100 percent -- or close to it -- before the playoffs begin.

"We always have a good shot," Ginobili said. "The thing is, if we're not healthy, we won't."




Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:26 pm

Manu back, Duncan out against Hawks

ATLANTA -- Manu Ginobili will return to the Spurs' lineup Wednesday night against the Hawks after missing 18 games with a stress reaction in his right ankle. Tim Duncan, forced into extended minutes Tuesday night to secure a 1-point victory over Golden State, will get the second night of a back-to-back off to rest his ailing right knee.

The Spurs were 11-7 without Ginobili, whose minutes will be watched closely Wednesday night. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said there's "no sense of relief whatsoever" that Ginobili is back because he doesn't know how the ankle will respond to increased minutes.

"We have no idea if he's well and perfect," Popovich said.

Popovich had planned to limit Duncan's minutes to the teens Tuesday night, but was forced to extend him when the Spurs struggled in another close game. After speaking with the media, Popovich went to the trainer's room to speak with Duncan and emerged to report that he'll sit against the Hawks.

Popovich has rested his star players on and off since just before the All-Star break, but Ginobili's injury has been a legitimate and growing concern. Now, the Spurs have to focus on getting Duncan as healthy as possible for a playoff push.

Duncan has only three 20-point games since the All-Star break, missed three straight games at the end of February, and is unlikely to play both ends of back-to-backs the rest of the way as Popovich stresses health over playoff seeding down the stretch. The Spurs have two more sets of back-to-backs left -- April 7-8 and 12-13 -- as they hope to hang onto no worse than the third seed in the West so they can avoid having to play the Lakers until the conference finals.







Posted on: March 4, 2009 9:31 am

Cavs play catch-up

The Celtics and Magic improved themselves with deadline and post-deadline additions. Now the Cavs have done the same.

Veteran Joe Smith has agreed to return to Cleveland for the rest of the season, hoping to help LeBron James win a title. Smith's inside presence was sorely needed once Ben Wallace went down with a broken leg last week -- especially considering Boston's addition of Mikki Moore and Orlando's deadline trade for Rafer Alston.

Other news that has gone exactly as expected: Drew Gooden will sign with the Spurs and Luther Head with the Heat.

If anyone cares to rank these contenders' trade deadline/waiver deadline moves, have at it. You'd have to start with Alston and go from there, but it's an interesting debate as to which team after Orlando has helped itself the most.

Another interesting debate: Breakin Down the Game makes a reasonable argument for why a rookie should win the most improved player award this season. Look at Russell Westbrook's month-to-month numbers:

* November: 12.2 points; 4.1 assists; 3.3 rebounds

* December: 15.5 points; 5.1 assists; 5.1 rebounds

* January: 16.5 points; 5.5 assists; 4.9 rebounds

* February: 20.4 points 5.9 assists; 6.1 rebounds

Not bad. I'll buy it, D-Miz.



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