Tag:San Antonio Spurs
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:00 am

George Karl isn't psyched about officiating

Posted by Royce Young

I've never seen a game end like the one in Denver did last night. I've never seen a buzzer-beating charge.

But that's how a classic Nuggets-Spurs game ended Thursday night. Seconds after hitting the go-ahead basket, Manu Ginobili slid in under Carmelo Anthony and Carmelo plowed over the Argentinian. The ball went through the hoop as the buzzer sounded. But under the noise of celebration was not one, but two whistles with two different referrees calling the same thing. Charge, No. 15.

Obviously, Denver people were upset. The fans were livid. They're still livid. George Karl was seen on camera saying something that started with the word "bull." So when Karl spoke ot reporters after the game, everyone braced for his comments that would surely bring a fine.

He didn't disappoint. He had questions for the officials. He hinted at a conspiracy against his team. But surprisingly, that wasn't really about the charge call that ended the game. Via Fanhouse:
"It's a play that I think goes either way a lot,'' Karl said. "It seemed like the referees, they like to hit us with tough calls. It was a tough call. Good play. Good basketball. Melo made a great play. It's close. I've seen it called both ways."
You can actually feel Karl tip-toeing around criticizing the officials. But he did imply that the officials seem to favor his opponents. Really though, Karl was more upset with three fouls called on his center Nene that led to the big Brazilian fouling out with a few minutes to play.
"If we show them on film, they don't exist,'' Karl said. "We have films that we send into the league office that (fouls) don't exist. And here's a guy that's close to an All-Star, and he just doesn't get a lot of respect. I think it affects you. We tell them to fight through it, forget it, refereeing will come back and all that stuff. It just sometimes seems that we don't get the whistles sometimes I think we earn by how hard we're playing and how well we're playing.''
Karl is a bit frustrated, and understandably so. He saw a charge called against Anthony in New York in the Nuggets 129-125 loss with 16 seconds left that proved to be big.

Against the Spurs, it was some of the calls late that irked Karl. But if you want to play the box score game, San Antonio actually out-fouled Denver 29-23 and the Nuggets attempted 10 more free throws. That doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it's notable.

Any time you lose, you feel jilted by the refs. And any time you lose the way the Nuggets did on a call that never happens, you really feel like you've got a reason to complain. But it was the right call in Denver. It wasn't like this a touch foul that you let go at the end because you want players to decide the game. This was a clear-cut charge. Even George Karl seemed (somewhat) understanding of that.

He's just mad at the other 47 minutes and 59 seconds.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:55 am

Shootaround 12.17.10: Charging to a victory

Posted by Royce Young
  • Rob Mahoney for the NYT on the style of rebounding: "Still, the problem lies in the assessment of rebounding style. We know that Griffin and Love approach their work on the boards differently, but that knowledge doesn’t really informs the way we think about rebounding. While style in itself is one of the game’s marvels, its capital value lies in how it affects function. Put another way: we know that Griffin and Love are different breeds of rebounder, but we should strive to understand the fundamental meaning and nature of that difference."
  • Lee Jenkins of SI with a terrific profile of Kevin Love: "Rebounding is half blood sport, half science. If a shot rises from the right wing, Love bolts to the left, in search of the low block on the weak side, which he straddles as though he's barricading his front door. His knees are bent, his back straight, his shoulder blades pushing into the chest of whoever is unfortunate enough to be stuck behind him. He turns his head to track the flight of the ball, gauging trajectory like a centerfielder. A low liner will smack straight against the rim. A high archer will bounce around awhile. A three-pointer could carom all the way to the elbow. A floater might not reach the charge circle. He considers the shooter. One teammate, forward Michael Beasley, tends to miss off the back rim, so Love braces for a long rebound. Another, center Darko Milicic, usually misses off the front, so he tries for a tip-in."
  • Ron Artest to the Indy Star on leaving Indiana: "A coward, I was a coward,'' Artest said before Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pacers. "When you do coward stuff, you feel like a coward. I don't care if it was done intentionally or by mistake, you're still a coward. I don't care how young I was. That's not an excuse.''
  • 48 Minutes of Hell on Manu: "Manu Ginobili is not a basketball player. He’s an exhibitionist. And so far this this season what he is showing-off is worthy of MVP consideration. For the second consecutive game, Ginobili push the Spurs to victory with ballsy, buzzer-beating heroics. Wednesday Ginobili fueled the Spurs with a spectacular, legal-upon-review step back jump shot. But that was just a tease. What Manu Ginobili did last night we’ll never see again."
  • Denver Stiffs Manu's charge: "While I give the Spurs credit for climbing back in to the game after the Nuggets were up by 12 at one point in the first half, the way this "win" was "awarded" to them was nothing short of highway robbery. Regardless of where you come down on the charging issue, the fact that for maybe the first time in recorded NBA history a game winning shot was nullified by a charging call. In the 25 years I've been watching basketball I have NEVER seen this. Ever. Carmelo Anthony deserved much better."
  • I honestly don't see you DON'T call a charge in that situation. If that's what it was, then that's what it was. Taking a charge is a defensive play, just like stealing the ball or blocking a shot. It's smart. It's heady. And if it's a charge in the middle of the second quarter, why can't it be a charge with 0.4 seconds left?
Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:40 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm

Manu draws game-winning charge on Carmelo

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was called for a charge into Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs that erased a potential game-winning basket at the buzzer. Posted by Ben Golliver

It was a wild finish in Denver on Thursday night, as the Nuggets had a potential game-winning Carmelo Anthony basket wiped off by a controversial charge call in the game's final seconds, allowing the San Antonio Spurs to escape with a road win, 113-112.  The Nuggets trailed by one with 4.2 seconds and set up a side inbounds play that resulted with Anthony receiving the inbounds pass near the top of the key. Anthony was single-covered by Spurs forward Richard Jefferson, and drove hard to his left into the paint. In a blink of an eye, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili slid over from the weakside, establishing his feet outside the protected circle in the paint and kept his arms straight up. Anthony barrelled into him as he completed his shooting motion, and the ball went into the basket as the final buzzer went off.  The Nuggets celebrates as if they thought the basket counted and the game would end 114-113 in their favor. Unfortunately for the Nuggets and their Pepsi Center faithful, two referees called, without hesitation, a player control or "charging" foul on Anthony for running over Ginobili. .4 seconds were put back on the clock, but San Antonio inbounded the ball without incident and the game ended. While this is obviously a heart-breaking way to lose, it does appear the officials made the correct call here, as Ginobili established position, was outside of the circle and did not initiate the contact. The only other call, which is more often seen, would have been a no-call, which Nuggets coach George Karl and his team surely would have preferred.   Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and his troops can surely breathe a sigh of relief tonight thanks to Ginobili, who also scored San Antonio's final basket on the previous possession to provide the winning margin. His heroics on both ends tonight come just one night after he was the savior in San Antonio, downing the Milwaukee Bucks with a last-second step-back jumper on Wednesday night.
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:31 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm

J.R. Smith dunks on Gary Neal, dunk of the year?

J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets dunked on Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. Posted by Ben Golliver

Despite being a huge pain in the neck for Denver coach George Karl, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith has always been able to get up, but it's difficult to remember a time he dunked as viciously on someone as he did on Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. With the first quarter drawing to a close, Smith dribbles the ball up court, shadowed by Spurs wing Ime Udoka. Using a lightning quick but simple right-to-left crossover, Smith penetrates the heart of San Antonio's defense, meeting no resistance. He takes off from outside the protective circle, powering to the rim with both hands. Neal leaves the weakside corner to slide over under Smith, but he rotates late, and Smith propels himself up and over Neal to finish powerfully with both hands. Smith then did a chin-up on the rim for good measure, as the Pepsi Center crowd in Denver went absolutely ballistic. Smith completed the play with just .6 of a second left on the clock and was awarded a free throw for his efforts.  Here's the video. Perhaps the funniest moment of the sequence occurs when the camera cuts to Smith's teammate, Carmelo Anthony, who is watching from Denver's bench. Anthony barely seems fazed, and nods almost as if he is bored.    With this effort, Smith likely put down the best non-Blake Griffin dunk of the year. I'd say this dunk belongs in the same discussion as Griffin's best. Here's a timelapse photo look at the dunk. jr-smith-dunk-gary-neal
Posted on: December 14, 2010 4:47 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:35 pm

Manu Ginobili's UFO explained: Red Bull skydivers

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili claimed to see a UFO in Los Angeles, and Red Bull skydivers are now taking the credit. Posted by Ben Golliver We noted last week that San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili claimed to have seen an unidentified flying object in Los Angeles and that, while the UFO was caught on video, no one knew what it was at the time. On Monday, skydivers sponsored by the energy drink Red Bull, known as the "Red Bull Air Force," claimed responsibility for the UFO sightings. Writing on RedBullAirForce.com, skydiver Jon DeVore explained, "I was watching the news and I see them reporting on 2 UFO sighting in Santa Monica.  The sightings were on Dec 1 & 8.  As soon as I saw the videos on the news I busted up laughing.  It was us jumping with our night flares.  The next night my wife’s friend called her and told her that TMZ was reporting on it.  I went on line and found that quite a few people were posting on the sightings.  Even Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs) saw the jump and reported UFO’s on his twitter and Face Book page." TucsonCitizen.com notes that a number of recent UFO sightings have been similarly explained as skydivers flying with flares at night. De Vore also posted this video taken during the jump on YouTube. I knew that Red Bull could give you wings, but I didn't know it could give you saucers. Hopefully this news will put Ginobili's mind at ease. It's hard to call this episode a distraction, though, as his Spurs currently have a NBA-best 20-3 record.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:11 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm

The Game Changer: Amar'e owns the Big Apple

The Knicks triumph over Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs reaches a milestone, the Oklahoma City Thunder get highlights from their players and a fan during a blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and plenty more. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.


After Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets finished their date with the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, it felt like, maybe, the tables have finally turned for the home team.  The Knicks narrowly prevailed in a shootout, 129-125, but they won the war of the words after the game by a landslide, when it became known that Anthony has his heart set on joining MVP candidate Amar'e Stoudemire in making New York his next basketball home. For the Knicks, it must feel like a quick reversal: so much winning so soon -- they have taken nine of their last 10 games -- and a new role as hot spot rather than also-ran suitor of top talent.  The 16-9 start for New York, which has them just four games behind conference-leading Boston, may have Knicks fans reevaluating their "get stars at any cost" strategy. A bird in hand (especially one that wins and plays exciting basketball) can be worth more than 'Melo and CP3 in a bush next year, with a potential lockout making it difficult for teams like the Knicks to bank on anything in the long-term future.  Now that it is clear that Anthony wants New York, it is negotiation time. How much of their current roster and future assets will the Knicks feel comfortable parting with? Names like Wilson Chandler, Danilo Galinari and Landry Fields are often tossed around, and while each presents reasons for Knicks fans to want to keep them around, this is a great example of how outside eyes are able to more clearly evaluate players' worth. The Knicks should feel no hesitation in trading any of those players for Anthony, and that includes Fields, the steal of the 2010 draft and one of the best values in the NBA. Hot streaks have the tendency of making the players involved look better than they are over the long haul, and 82 games of Stoudemire and Anthony makes New York a more fearsome, dynamic team, not to mention a force in the playoffs, as both players can parade to the free throw line. Falling in love with role players (Landry Fields is untouchable!) and counting eggs before they hatch (we'll just sign Carmelo this summer!) are two of the easiest ways to lose sight of the big picture when it comes to roster building. Do what it takes to secure Anthony now, and then get to work on filling in the smaller holes that a trade for him would create.


Raymond Felton: 19 points, 17 assists, three rebounds on 7-15 shooting in 45 minutes in a New York Knicks home win over the Denver Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony: 31 points, 13 rebounds, three assists on 11-27 shooting in 37 minutes in a Denver Nuggets road loss to the New York Knicks. Devin Harris: 16 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists in 37 minutes in a New Jersey Nets home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Blake Griffin: 27 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block in 42 minutes in a Los Angeles Clippers home loss to the Orlando Magic.



The San Antonio Spurs rolled off a methodical dismantling of the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, pulling away for an easy 95-78 home win. There wasn't much unusual about the event: the Spurs played tight, aggressive defense and they moved the ball well, supplementing their team-first attack with some points in transition. It was so thorough a victory that the Spurs were able to rest franchise big man Tim Duncan late, a nice cherry on top of San Antonio's league-leading 20th victory of the season. Duncan hit a milestone on Sunday, playing in the 1,000th regular season game. And in quotes from MySanAntonio.com, he sounds a bit wistful in his old age when he was made aware of the feat. “I would rather not be told that," Duncan was quoted as saying. "I’ve played for a long time and I’m getting really old. I wish I’d only played 10 (games) and still have 1,000 more in front of me.” The rest of the league shudders at the thought of Duncan playing another 1,000 games, given that he won 707 of his first 1,000 games, an astonishing total. While his production has declined ever so slightly in recent years owing to fewer minutes -- this could be the first year of his career that Duncan doesn't average a double-double and he's averaging a career-low 28.8 minutes pr game -- the wins continue to pile up. The Spurs are shaping up to be a serious contender, health permitting.  Not bad for a team lead by a really old guy.


New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee is the happiest man in the world: the Knicks are winning, Carmelo Anthony wants in and MSG is rocking like the good old days. spike-lee


Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden catches Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson about as flush as it gets. Harden throws down a vicious left-handed dunk right on Harden's head in transition, earning the and-one in the process and causing teammate Russell Westbrook to geek out on the sideline.


Oklahoma City Thunder fan Robert Yanders hit the shot of the weekend, nailing a halfcourt heave between the first and second quarters of OKC's Sunday win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win $20,000. Turns out Yanders is a bit of a ringer, but still an amazing shot.


Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen is the only NBA player to win more games in his first 1,000 than Duncan. Pippen won 715, barely besting Duncan's 707. Via MySanAntonio.com.
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:26 pm

Spurs' Manu Ginobili claims to have seen UFO

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili claims to have seen a UFO in Los Angeles, and there's video to prove it. Posted by Ben Golliver u-f-o San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili claims to have seen a UFO, and it wasn't Eva Longoria throwing one of her shoes at Tony Parker. File this one under strange-but-sort-of-true. Take it away, MySanAntonio.com.
On the night of Dec. 1, while the Spurs were in Los Angeles for a game against the Clippers, Ginobili saw what he thought was a single-engine plane in the process of crashing outside the team’s Santa Monica, Calif., hotel. He tweeted about it. He posted video. He forgot about it.
Then, Friday morning, TMZ.com picked up on the story, posting video of the moment shot by fans waiting for autographs near the Spurs bus. In it, you can see Ginobili, a Spurs’ security officer and what appears to be a strange light in the California sky.
“It was a pretty strange flight pattern,” Ginobili said. “I thought it was falling, not landing. I thought it was like a plane crash. We were expecting to see it on the news the following day, and there was nothing. That’s when we got a little curious, ‘What the hell was that?’ ”

Here's a link to the TMZ video, so you can determine exactly how insane Ginobili is for his claim.

We can also rule out Tim Duncan as the UFO, because aeronautical experts have confirmed that he hasn't been able to jump since 2004.

Dollars to doughnuts, this is all an elaborate mental test from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Posted on: December 10, 2010 2:47 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 2:49 pm

F&R Quarterly Report: 1st Quarter Good and Bad

Here's a look at the 1st quarter and what we've taken away from it.
Posted by Matt Moore

We're a quarter in to the season, and it hasn't gone exactly according to plan. Some things we thought would happen, some things we didn't. As we head towards the season being halfway through, here's a look back at the first quarter of the season and what we thought about it.

MVP: As Ben Golliver will be telling you later, Dwight Howard makes a pretty strong case for first quarter MVP. Royce and I wound up on the Big German's side of the aisle, though. With the Mavericks on a ridiculous winning streak (make it 11 after blasting the Comrade's Nyetzkies on Thursday night), Nowitzki has been off the charts so far this year. The Mavericks look better this year because of their depth and their defense, but without Nowitzki, they'd still be nowhere.

As Nowitzki's career begins to wind down (we think?), it's important to let go of the past where people questioned Dirk's intensity, toughness, and clutchness. He's been one of the best players in the world for the past ten years, and the fact that he's still putting together stretches of games like this only confirms that. Don't believe me? Check the elbow.

ROY: Boy, was I wrong . Again. John Wall hasn't been a slouch by any means, but to compare the impact the two has on the court is to examine the ballistic missile barrage that is Blake Griffin on a nightly basis. It's not just the dunks (but trust us, we'll get there). It's things like the way he absolutely blew Lamar Odom off the block, and his intensity and athleticism while rebounding. It's the way that even though this Clippers team has no hope of winning on any given night, Griffin looks like he's dying for a win, to try, to compete. He's the only unanimous pick for a reason.

Biggest Surprise: We're split between the Knicks, who were supposed to be better but not this better, and the Pacers, who were supposed to be bad and are really pretty good. Amar'e Stoudemire has the Knicks rolling, and Danny Granger alongside Roy Hibbert is making up one of the best frontcourts in the NBA this year. Great to see teams surprise us in a good way.

Best Overall Performance: We're all very impressed with the Celtics, basically. Except Ken. But we think that's because he had a bad cab ride. Maybe it was bad chowder. No, couldn't be that, there's no such thing as bad chowder in Boston. Probably the cab ride. Anyway, the rest of us are completely horrified of Boston coming into our homes at night and subjugate us under their imperial rule.

Biggest Letdown: Ken and Ben (hey, that rhymes!) have a soft spot in their hearts for the sad plight of the Blazers' health. I'm more concerned about Houston and why they're not competing among the West's elite (but they're getting there), and Royce has the same question about the Bucks in the East. If you couldn't see this coming in Portland... you probably haven't been paying attention for the past, oh, forty years.

Ticking Time-Bomb: While Ben Golliver frets over Chris Paul continuing to keep his cards close to his vest, the rest of us are alarmed at how DeMarcus Cousins seems hell-bent on alienating his teammates and coaches. Tick, tick, tick.

Best dunk: Yeah, sorry, not going to be able to get over this, regardless of whether he traveled or not :

Here's a look at our votes for the first quarter of the 2010-2011 season.

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