Tag:San Antonio Spurs
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: December 2, 2010 11:47 am
 

The Game Changer: A lot happened last night

Posted by Royce Young

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.

THE BIG ONE: BOOZER RETURNS, ORLANDO DOESN'T CARE

The Bulls were just coming off some of the best basketball of their season. They were returning home after a great road trip and were hosting one of the top teams in the East. They were ready to say something and to do so, they were finally getting the services of their biggest offseason acquisition.

Carlos Boozer was back.

Problem was, the Orlando Magic didn't care. They had business to take care of. And take care of business they did.

The Magic plowed the Bulls 107-78 in a game that wasn't really ever close. Even after the first quarter when it was 28-22, it felt like the Bulls were just hanging on. Orlando dominated everything. They outrebounded Chicago 44-21, (only 21 rebounds for Chicago!), hit 49 percent from the field, went 10-21 from 3, only missed one free throw and got 81 points from their starting five. One guy didn't stick out for the Magic. It was just a total team beatdown.

So maybe the Bulls aren't quite ready yet.

But how did Boozer do? In 22 minutes he went 2-5 for five points and two rebounds. It wasn't really the kind of game though where Boozer could make much of an impact though, so I wouldn't judge anything based off it. However, if you're looking for a crazy stat of the night, how about Joakim Noah - the league's second leading rebounder - not grabbing a single rebound in 25 minutes?

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Tough to really single anyone out on this night with a number of big nights across the league. Russell Westbrook was an assist away from a massive triple-double as he went for 38 points, nine assists and 15 rebounds.

Westbrook's teammate Jeff Green had a career-high 37 on 12-21 shooting and 4-5 from 3.

Deron Williams went for 16 assists with ZERO turnovers. Impressive. Most impressive.

And Blake Griffin of course had another massive game, dropping 31 points with 13 rebounds.

CLIPPING ALONG

I went back and forth the entire fourth quarter. Are the Clippers really beating the Spurs, or are the Spurs just playing that bad? After watching Antonio McDyess brick a jumper that may have dented the backboard, Manu Ginobili airball an open 3 and Tim Duncan make two bad passes in traffic, I leaned toward the latter.

But then I watched Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and even Baron Davis take over late in the game and close things out. So while it was probably a combination of the Spurs poor play and the Clippers doing well, I think the lesson here is to take that despite the still horrid record, these Clips aren't rolling over for anyone.

Griffin posted another stellar night, dropping 31 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, Eric Gordon had 21 points on 8-17 shooting, but it was really Davis who in his return, made the difference. In just 23 minutes, Davis had seven points and 10 assists, and really controlled his young team down the stretch against the veteran Spurs.

Still, it helped that San Antonio shot just 35.6 percent from the floor and missed 21 3-pointers. But that doesn't mean this Clipper win should be overlooked. In a week, the Clips have beaten the Hornets, who at the time owned the league's best record and now the Spurs, who currently sit atop the league. Granted, this makes L.A. just 4-15, but I get a Thunder-ish feeling from these guys. They're young, hungry and learning. They're working hard, have talent and given time, may start figuring out how to win.

Plus, having a piece like Blake Griffin in place helps quite a bit.

ONE OTHER THINGS FROM THAT SPURS GAME

Interesting note: Gregg Popovich sat Tony Parker for the entire fourth quarter, instead playing George Hill. Parker, who was healthy, didn't appear happy on the bench about it. Weird.

GRIFFIN (ALMOST) SMASH

LOTS OF FREE HOOPS IN JERSEY

There were 12 games in the NBA last night. All of them took the traditional 48 minutes to settle the final score. Except one. It took 63 minutes.

The Thunder and Nets played a triple overtime classic Wednesday with Oklahoma City eventually emerging as a 123-120 winner. The last 15 minutes and 1.5 seconds were an entire game in itself.

First, Anthony Morrow hit an awkward 3-pointer to send the game to OT. Then in the first period, the Thunder fought back to even get it to the second frame. In the second overtime, the Nets held a three-point lead with 6.2 seconds left. But an ill-advised Stephen Graham foul on Jeff Green as he was shooting a 3 (which rimmed in and out) put Green on the line where he coolly hit all three freebies. Third OT.

That's when Russell Westbrook took the game over. In the third extra period, Westbrook scored all 13 of OKC's points, two shy of the NBA record for points in an OT.

Kevin Durant sat the game out with a sore knee, so his two buddies picked up the slack. Westbrook finished with 38 points (21 after regulation), a career-high 15 rebounds and nine assists and Green had a career-high 37.

THE Lakers ARE GETTING GOOD AT LOSING

Matt Moore wrote on the Lakers losing a fourth straight and here's a juicy part:
The other trend that the 4-game streak omen is up against? Phil Jackson has never failed to complete a 3-peat. Given the fact that LA has five months to get it right, Andrew Bynum returns in a few weeks, and this team could not care less about the regular season and they're still only losing these games by a handful of buckets, we should probably bet on the latter trend holding up.

But it still should be noted that the Lakers right now? They're not very good at all.

WHIMSY

I was sent this picture yesterday by someone and it must be posted. It's titled, "Jazzketball."


PARTING THOUGHT

The Heat beat up on a bad team yet again, whooping the Pistons 97-72. But commend the Heat for not losing focus the night before the biggun against the Cavs tonight. They dominated from the opening tip and held every Piston starter out of double-figures.

The high scorer for the Heat was LeBron with 18, but really, this game was about the suffocating defense and not who scored what. If we could only figure out why they can't do this against good teams with good players.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:53 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Shootaround 11.29.10: In and Out

Positional struggles, Heat bar losing dough, Westphal losing a lot, and the Lakers should have lost by more, all in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore
  • Two things about this interview with Sam Bowie about Greg Oden: 1. the point about Bowie being happier with his life than Jordan is something Oden really should focus on and 2. unfortunately Oden can't afford to do what Bowie suggests and give himself extra time. There's just too much pressure, especially with his contract situation.
  • The Miami bar that offered to pay a $25 bar tab if the Heat lost? Yeah, they've lost $30,000 so far . And while the publicity is great, you have to wonder if they're going to have to cut that out soon.
  • Is DeJuan Blair a bad fit for the Spurs as currently concocted? The idea is that he's a 5 and Duncan's a 5 and because his skills don't compliment Duncan, that limits him. I think he could probably survive with Duncan if his weakside rotations were better. Hard to imagine Greg Popovich is really concerned about his "clean-up" center shooting. Players who have played well in that role include Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas.
  • Marc Gasol is not healthy, and it's showing . I watched Memphis-Golden State over the holiday and Andris Biedrins absolutely destroyed Gasol. It wasn't even shiftiness or the system. He just shot over Gasol. For a normally terrific defender, it's bizarre to see him lacking in straigt-up man defense like this.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Shootaround 11.24.10: Winners and losers

People trying to keep LeBron out of the All-Star Game, Jarrett Jack doubts the Heat, Durant and Beasley as young guns, and T-Will is out of sight, out of mind, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • There's a movement afoot specifically to keep LeBron James out of the All-Star Game. It's things like this that trot the fine line at the nexus of funny, pathetic, and mean. Props for the idea, but just because you don't like a guy's ego, is that really reason to sully a system to honor play that's been in place for decades? And this is all beyond the fact that it would take coaches about forty five seconds to select him as a reserve and then all of a sudden the person atually voted in would have a hamstring injury.
  • Terrence Williams looked like a star in the making last year. Now he's been suspended for two games for "violations of team policy" whle Avery Johnson is talking about him "not getting" it. A perfect example of how a coaching change can dramtically alter a player's forecast. Meanwhile, if Williams is on the block, the Grizzlies and Bulls should both be on the horn to see if they can grab him at a bargain bin price.
  • Jarrett Jack, a winner his whole career except for when he wasn't winning, which was most of his career, is already ready to pack it in on the Heat, saying their failure could curtail others from going the superstar route. In other news, Jack put the cart before the horse and said "Done!" before walking off. The Hornets are 0-1 since Jack arrived, clearly indicating he's not a winner. See what I did there? You see? Because he said ...
  • Spurs fans were joking about Ime Udoka being signed last week, and now it has happened . Still bizarre they thought Udoka was more valuable than Gee.
  • Flip Saunders, getting digs in on Doug Collins. Better hurry to get them in, he may not be around long.
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:26 am
 

Game Changer 11.23.10: Spurs and ammo

Spurs and Magic have a classic, the Pacers show they're decent in dismantling a mediocre Miami team, and the Celtics take the Hawks to the shed in today's Game Changer.
Posted by Matt Moore


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.  


THE BIG ONE: Spurs have one more round than Magic in shootout


San Antonio 106 Orlando 97 .

That's the final score but it doesn't even come close to descrbing A. how great this game was or B. how close this game was. It was a back and forth affair for the entire game, as neither team could shake the other one. Just as one team would seem to be pulling away, the other would respond with a flurry of offense. San Antonio would bruise their way to a lead, only to find the Magic creating turnovers, sparking the break, and dropping in three-pointers in transition. The Magic would burst their way into a lead only to find the Spurs settle down, get a bucket, then a stop, then Manu Ginobili Ginobili'ing his way with a knife to their heart. In the end, the Spurs had a few more bullets left in the gun and the Magic were unable to find an answer for Manu.

Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili combined to shoot 23 of 42, for 64 points, 13 rebounds, 21 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. Guess Boston and Miami aren't the only ones with Big 3s. The efficiency with which the Spurs attacked was ruthless. In the third, Tony Parker got up to full speed and was using those wide curving pick and rolls to find Duncan, while Ginobili was using the deep wing picks for that step-back jumper he's gotten to like so much. It was a clinic in execution, and the Magic weren't far behind, with Dwight Howard forcing the issue and the Magic backcourt raining 3s. Combined the two teams hit 21 threes on 37 attempts which is just ridiculous. Matt Bonner came through with 4 big ones (4-4 from the arc) while Mikael Pietrus kept breaking up Spurs runs on his way to a 3-5 run from the perimeter.

Sharp defense, tough shots, fun basketball, a close game. This one was a beauty.

WHAT YOU MISSED: The Heat suck.


I torched the Heat for their lack of effort, cohesion, and heart.

Ken Berger spoke with Delonte West in a must-read interview about his experiences with bipolar disorder .


DEAD BEFORE THE SHIP EVEN SANK

Last night's Celtics-Hawks game was not a game. It was a mercy killing, only without the mercy. The Celtics owned the Hawks 39-13 in the first quarter, and it didn't feel that close. Boston simply could not miss. Sharp passes, smart playsets, intensity at both ends of the floor, attacking rebounds, and Nate Robinson doing his best Rondo Baron Davis when he was good impression, throw in the Hawks looking like they wanted to be anywhere but on the floor and Al Horford being physically dominated by Boston's size and you've got a recipe for Von Wafer to get a fair amount of time by the end of this one.

It was stunning, considering the Hawks swept the Celtics last year. But call it motivation over last year's flukes, or the Celtics' last fluke against the Raptors, or just the impact of a healthy Kevin Garnett, but this one was over with before the t-shirt guns had even been loaded. The Hawks continue to perplex as they look genuinely good and improved at times, and like roadkill in others.

Kevin Garnett looks not only like he's healthy, but like he's healthy like when he was 31. That's terrifying for the rest of the league.

YOUR DAILY "QUAKE" GRIFFIN NIGHTMARE DUNK:




GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:


Carmelo Anthony:
39 points (17-17 from the line), 9 rebound, 5 assists

Runner-Up:


Manu Ginobili: 25 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists

FINAL THOUGHTS:


The Hornets are 11-2. Which is great. But the last few games have shown some of their cracks in the foundation. Relying on Jason Smith to be a significant bench contributor isn't going to get it done. Neither is hoping Emeka Okafor stays as an offensive force. The bigger concern may be that Chris Paul has started looking flat-out tired at the ends of games. Him missing the game-tying assist to David West was nothing more than one of those that happens, but in general he looked lethargic down the stretch. Some concerns for the Hornets do exist, even at 11-2.

Last night's game perfectly illustrates why Boston fans get so frustrated with their team. They look so awesome when they consistently try.

The story from Indiana-Miami was the Heat playing terribly but the Pacers deserve a world of credit for getting Danny Granger going, and Brandon Rush took it to Dwyane Wade, which, injured or not, isn't an easy thing to do. The Pacers look like a solid playoff contender.

People will tell you that the Oklahoma City-Minnesota game was closer than the final score appears. And it's true the Wolves lead down the stretch. So maybe I'm just exhibiting confirmation bias when I tell you that I never had a doubt the Thunder would win that game. The Wolves have no idea how to execute in clutch situations most times, and Michael Beasley still does a lot of Michael Beasley-type things.

Houston loses. Again.


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Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:12 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 1:20 pm
 

Erin Barry and Tony Parker create rare Spurs mess

The twisted tale of Tony Parker, Erin Barry, and Eva Longoria creates a tantalizing love triangle story for the press... which is exactly what the Spurs try and avoid. Posted by Matt Moore

I'm going to try and do the unthinkable and try to create something that has to do with basketball or anything that's business to the rest of us out of this whole gigantic mess.

Quick catch-up:

Tony Parker and Eva Longoria were getting a divorce. Then they weren't . Then they definitely were . And now it's come out, at least in widespread rumors, that it's because Parker was sending sexual text messages to Erin Barry, wife of former Spurs teammate Brent Barry, currently an analyst for NBATV. You can go find about a billion stories about the situation on your own, like this one.

Yeah.

So this is pretty much terrible for Longoria, for Parker (even if he was doing whatever it is he's alleged to have done, we don't know anything about their relationships), for Barry, for Erin Barry, and most of all for the Barry's two sons. Yeah, they've got kids. Even though apparently Erin and Brent have been on the outs for a while . This is terrible all around and really shouldn't be being reported upon like it is... in this article. Yes, I'm using an article on the situation to tell you not to read articles on the situation. But since you're probably going to since "Erin Barry" and "Erin Barry Tony Parker" are the top two search results on Google, I thought I'd at least throw something basketball-related on this.

The Spurs aren't going to like this.

I mean, they already don't like it and don't want to talk about it . But this is the exact kind of thing the Spurs try very hard to keep out of their locker room. They do their level best to keep things nice and quiet, go about their business, not get much media coverage, and do their thing. And now this. Right after the team gave Parker a massive extension that had a lot of people raising eyebrows. This doesn't fit their M.O., doesn't fit their profile, and is going to be a distraction. A colleague told me last night's game was swamped with media in San Antonio, and it wasn't because the game was on ESPN. There's a flurry around this twisted tale, and that's, quite simply, not the Spurs' way of doing things.

The Spurs bring in veterans with good track records of being locker room guys. They most often shy away from dynamic personalities. Their star, despite being one of the funniest people in the NBA when he does decide to say something, is called a robot. Stuff like this happening on the Lakers? That's par for the course. Stuff like this happening in San Antonio? That's a breach of the Popovich Protocol. And Tony's going to hear about it. That's just the media attention.

Getting involved with a former teammate's wife? That's a whole other bag of beans. Sure, it's not a current teammate. But it's a former one. And the jump is not exactly Olympic from former to current. That kind of situation creates mistrust, which is not something you want surrounding your franchise point guard you just gave a high eight figures to. This isn't a situation that will be disastrous, the Spurs will find their way through, like they always do. But for a team that's off to such a hot start, this certainly isn't something they want to be dealing with.

And odds are, they're going to let Parker become aware of that, even as they stand by him through a trying personal time.

This concludes today's exercise in trying to make something relevant out of stuff that's really none of our business.

Posted on: November 17, 2010 9:02 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Parker, Popovich address Eva Longoria divorce

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and coach Gregg Popovich addressed Parker's divorce with Eva Longoria. Posted by Ben Golliverparker-pop There's a reason that the San Antonio Spurs have been a model NBA franchise and a model of consistent success for more than a decade: a no drama, work-first ethic that starts at the top of the organization and reaches all the way down to the last guy on the bench.  Power forward Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich are the public face, providing reliable  statistical production and a level-headed calm, respectively. So it's no surprise that the Spurs are greeting the explosive tabloid headlines that surround point guard Tony Parker and a Tuesday divorce filing made by his wife, actress Eva Longoria, in typical, buttoned-down, tight-lipped fashion. Said Popovich before Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls, according to NBA.com.
“This is a difficult situation for everyone obviously. But Eva and Tony are two people that we love and care about, and we wish them both the best as they move through this. That’s really all I have to say about it.”
Parker didn't elaborate much past that, except to express his right to privacy.
“It’s a difficult time right now for me and Eva. Everything else is our private life.” When asked to comment on reports that Parker was involved with the wife of a former teammate, Parker said “That’s my private life. I’m having great support from my teammates and my coaches, and I’m focused 100 percent on the Spurs and trying to win basketball games.”

This is really a perfect play from Popovich and Parker, who at once acknowledge the situation and express a personal touch by using the world "difficult," but also keep focus on the bigger basketball picture. 

It's quite possible that a situation such as Parker's could cause serious chemistry issues in a number of NBA locker rooms.  The Spurs aren't any old NBA team, though, and their initial response to a potentially chaotic situation was right on the money.

Posted on: November 17, 2010 5:25 pm
 

Spurs bring in Danny Green

Posted by Royce Young

After guard James Anderson went down last week, it was pretty clear the Spurs were looking for more wing help. Then they waived Alonzo Gee, clearing a roster spot and making it all but a certainty.

Tuesday, the Spurs found their man. And I must say, he has the potential to be very Spurs-y. The team announced they've signed guard Danny Green, most formerly of the Cavaliers. He's a decent defender, is versatile at 6'6 and you can just picture him getting into the San Antonio system and hitting corner 3s before you know it.

But to this point, he has been inconsistent with both the 3-pointer and the defensive end. Those are two things he'll have to figure out if he wants to stay in San Antonio.

Green appeared in 20 regular season games last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 2.0 points in 5.8 minutes per game. During the 2010 preseason, he averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in four games with the Cavs before being waived in October.

More than likely though, the Spurs just needed some depth at guard and a warm body to practice with. Not to say Green won't see some playing time, but with Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal, Richard Jefferson and George Hill all already part of the rotation, making Green probably won't happen.

And he might not have a job any more when Anderson comes back either, but here's another oppotunity.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:45 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 8:36 pm
 

Longoria and Parker splitting, for real this time

Posted by Royce Young

It was on yesterday and then off. But it's official. Tony Parker and Eva Longoria are splitting.

So Parker is back on the market. Not that market. No, the Spurs signed him to a big extension a month ago. I'm talking about the market. 
According to a report from TMZ , Eva Longoria and Tony Parker will divorce. Longoria reportedly filed in Los Angeles.

Obviously Longoria is a super famous actress most known for her role in "Desperate Housewives." The two were married in July of 2007. I know you thinking, "Well, why?" I don't know why. But feel free to draw your own conclusions and speculate away. For instance, J.E. Skeets of The Basketball Jones is going with Eva is now dating Steve Nash.

In TMZ's report, they mention that Eva has Tony's initials tattoed somewhere on her body as well as "Nine" on the back of her neck. Nine is the number Parker wears, you see.

I for one am bummed. I hate when anyone gets divorced but the Parkers/Longorias seemed so great. She was always at Spurs games sitting courtside, cheering the team on. She always talked about the team like they were all buddies. It was such a happy family.

It's sad when two people split for whatever reason. Best of luck to them both. Considering their physical appearances and their professions, I think they'll be just fine.
 
 
 
 
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