Tag:San Antonio Spurs
Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:04 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 10:08 pm
 

Power Rankings 3-Up, 3-Down: Week 3

The Texas Two-Step is high among the greats while the Magic have no magic and the Knicks have no sense, in this week's 3-Up 3-Down.
Posted by Matt Moore

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Our
Power Rankings for Week 3 are out. Here at F&R, we'll give the the direct line to who was notable in the rankings from week to week. Here's three who are up and three who are down in week 3.

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San Antonio Spurs (1): 8-1, and their only loss to the also 8-1 Hornets. So why am I not as big on them as our distinguished Power Rankings Overlord? Probably because their signature win was against a Thunder team that can't decide which way the sun sets, or against a Suns team that let's face it, historically doesn't have much luck against them (last spring excepted). Confusing the issue is Tim Duncan's performance. Duncan's still doing all the things Tim Duncan does off-ball, but his rebounds, points, and percentages are down. That the Spurs are 8-1 despite that makes you wonder, can they really be this good without him playing up to TD standards, or conversely, how good are they going to be if he starts playing to that level?

In closing, Manu Ginobili owns your face. Thanks for your time.

Dallas Mavericks (2):
A Texas Two-Step. How nice. The Mavericks topped the might Hornets (that sounds weird) last night, no doubt helping them climb up behind the Spurs. Dirk Nowitzki is rebounding at a better rate than he has since the 06-07 season. They have the ninth best offense in efficiency and the fifth best defense, landing them a top five spot in differential of points produced vs. allowed per 100 possessions. That's pretty good. Throw in the work they've done in besting Denver once out of a home and home and taking down the Celtics, and that's good enough to show good cause for why so many people thought this team would wind up second overall in the West.

The lingering questions of the backcourt depth remain, Caron Butler does not look tip top, and they still need Beaubois back. But Tyson Chandler has filled in much better than anyone anticipated.

Utah Jazz (6):
Well, that was a pretty good week. The Jazz toppled four playoff teams in the East, all on the road, in five days. Losing to OKC was simply an inevitable return to the mean. But the difference this year is the Jazz' mean is a little bit meaner than in years past. For all the concerns that this team wouldn't be as talented as in years prior, they look stacked, top to bottom. Speed, versatility and depth in the backcourt, size, scoring ability and smooth rotations on the defensive end in the frontcourt. And, yeah, Deron Wililams? He's pretty insanely good.

3-Down


Orlando Magic (7):
You'd have thought the Rashard Lewis contract would have bitten them sooner than this, but hey, worse late than never, I suppose. The Magic have one win against a team above .500 and two losses to Miami to and Utah. It's early yet so they haven't had many cracks at it, but throw in a loss to the Raptors, and yeesh, not a great start for SVG's crew. The defense is still excelling, but the offense has fallen off a cliff, thanks in part to Rashard Lewis not being able to hit the broad side of a barn. And yet still, Ryan Anderson gets no minutes. Crying shame, really.

Denver Nuggets (12): Be wary of this team, friends. The resume is solid, the numbers hold up (10th in offense, 14th in defense). And they toppled the mighty Lakers first. But this team is very much on the cusp of oblivion. They can fall apart completely, as they did last night against the Suns. Melo's playing well, but we all know that situation is still ticking. In the meantime, they can beat anyone or lose to anyone on any given night. Teams you can't figure out? They're usually not very good.

New York Knicks (24): Oh, Knicks. You had such promise. Felton's numbers look great but suffer in execution, they can't close, Amar'e can't do everything and Anthony Randolph is a disaster, yet again. Here's what I don't get. They're not bad at defense, they really aren't, at eleventh in the league. Their offense is struggling. Yet Raymond Felton has a 34% assist rate and is shooting well. They have 7 players with a PER above 14.5 but they just don't look like a good basketball team. Either this team's record doesn't reflect its performance, or its performance doesn't reflect what kind of team it really is.




Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 6:04 pm
 

Report: Eva Longoria and Tony Parker won't split

Posted by Royce Young 
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Update: Within hours of the original post, printed below, TMZ has posted a clarification which borders on a retraction.
TMZ reported that Tony had filed for divorce.  Two clerks at the Bexar County Courthouse in Texas had told us the case was filed and sealed by a family law judge.
But Eva's rep tells us Tony did not file and does not even have a divorce lawyer.

Another clerk at the courthouse now tells us she's in charge of sealed cases and says no such case has crossed her desk.
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Original Post

Tony 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. Parker reportedly filed for divorce Monday in Texas.

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.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 5:53 pm
 

What We Learned, 3.0



Posted by Royce Young


We're not there yet, but pretty soon, we'll be at the point in the season where we can quit saying, "Hey, it's still early." Pretty soon, the early season trends we've seen will no longer be potential anomalies, but actual cold hard facts in figuring out who's good and who's not.

But it's still early. We're not there yet. Though we're not far off. And part of getting there is taking in the information we've got. So here are five things to have been learned from the last week in the NBA.

Remember the Spurs?
You probably aren't thinking about them. You're thinking about the Hornets who impressively moved to 8-0 over the weekend. You're thinking about the Lakers who despite losing two straight, look really, really good. You're thinking about if anyone can hang with a healthy Celtics squad. You're thinking about what's going on with the Heat.

But you probably aren't thinking about the San Antonio Spurs.

If you had to guess, what do you think their record is? Don't look. If I hadn't just watched them play Sunday night, I would've probably said 6-3. Maybe 7-2. Nope, the Spurs are 8-1 with only a loss to the undefeated Hornets. And they are winners of seven straight.

Every year without fail, we all try and write them off. We try and say, "Nah, this is when they get too old." But every year, again without fail, the Spurs are right there.

They are off to their best start since their last championship season in 2007-08 and have a roster that's completely clicking. Richard Jefferson is providing the extra scoring punch needed. Tony Parker is totally healthy and looking like his old self. Tim Duncan is settling in to a role that suits his older self perfectly. And the bench has guys like Matt Bonner (7-7 from 3 against Oklahoma City Sunday), Gary Neal and George Hill that can make an impact any given night.

It's just another boring old Spurs team again this season. And that's what makes them so dangerous.

It's time to talk about Michael Beasley. Before the season started, most agreed that Beasley getting away from South Beach and moving north was probably a good thing. And then David Kahn said Beasley stopped smoking pot, so of course there we all are expecting big things from him.

But he started slow. He was playing like his former inconsistent Heat self putting up 21 one night and six the next. So naturally, we all immediately forgot about Beasley and moved back to complaining about Kevin Love's playing time.

Except look at Beasley's last week. 42, 35 and 25, bumping his season average to 20.5 a game. He's scored at least 15 points in six straight games, is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3 and is getting to the line a decent amount.

What we're seeing right now is what we heard would happen all summer. Beasley can be a team's top option. Albeit, maybe a top option on a bad team, but a top option nonetheless.

He's a dynamic player that can balance the small and power forward positions extremely well, going inside and out. He's far more athletic than he appears and truly has a mature NBA game. It's always been the stuff upstairs that has held him back, but as of now, he looks to be figuring it all out.

Is this something we'll see all season? Hard to say. But today, Nov. 15, 2010, Michael Beasley is looking like a legitimately good NBA scorer. 

The Heat are far from invincible. I think the rest of the league may send gift baskets to Boston. In two games, not only have they shown the blueprint for beating Miami, but they've executed it so perfectly that it's almost hard for teams to not try and replicate.

Basically, it's simple: turn them into a halfcourt team and move the ball offensively, making them work every possession. Eventually, your shots will come and the Heat will start taking bad ones, sinking into a one-on-one style game.

Again, too early to really draw any huge conclusions. We're watching a team that's a favorite to win the East, but is facing an unprecedented situation. It's almost an entirely new roster. No sport works as much off chemistry and knowing the guy next to you and his tendencies than basketball. And the Heat are essentially learning entirely on the fly.

Against the bad teams, they've overwhelmed them with speed, talent, size and everything else. They've absolutely suffocated teams and overpowered them. They've looked like an unstoppable force. But against teams with a scheme, a plan and some equal talent, the Heat have looked confused, befuddled and overmatched. All symptoms of a group getting by on talent alone and playing out of sync.

But give it two more weeks. If a consistent style of play isn't there and a real idea behind what they're trying to accomplish, that big red panic button might be getting a dusting off.

Good thing nobody panicked in Utah. It was just a few weeks ago, I sat here writing something about the Jazz's 0-2 start and how nobody should worry, but in the kind of tone that sort of suggested maybe you should worry.

Well, don't worry. The Jazz are good. Really good.

Yeah, they keep digging themselves in weird holes early. But the way in which they're digging out makes them look even that more impressive. They are one of those teams that really looks like it ha a switch to flip on and boom, they're playing well.

Utah basically demolished the entire upper scale of the Eastern Conference in one wave of the hand, beating Orlando, Miami, Atlanta and Charlotte all on the road in a week's time. If that doesn't impress you, well, you're probably a Laker fan.

But it was so bright just a week ago.
The Knicks were at 3-2 with a slate of very winnable games directly ahead of them. Thinking of a 6-4 start definitely wasn't out of the question, and really, fantasizing past that wasn't too much of a stretch. Philly, Milwaukee, Golden State, Minnesota and Houston were waiting and the Knicks felt good about a decent start to the 2010-11 campaign.

Except they lost all five. And then there was that whole Kevin Love 31 rebounds thing.

It was definitely premature to think the Knicks were to turn everything around this quickly. Amar'e Stoudemire was a big addition, but he hasn't been playing great and in order for the Knicks to be anything, Stoudemire needs to be excellent.

New York's offense is predicated on making shots and in order to make them, they need open ones. Mike D'Antoni had a point guard that was terrific at creating those in Phoenix, but Raymond Felton doesn't quite have that same knack.

It's too early on to write the Knicks off yet because the back end of the East appears to be wide open in the seventh and eight spots, but with a four-game road trip ahead, those illusions of a 6-4 start may quickly be the reality of a 3-11 one.
Posted on: November 14, 2010 10:20 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 10:22 pm
 

How do the Heat stack up with the contenders?

Comparing the best teams in the league, the Heat don't stack up so far.
Posted by Matt Moore


As we look at the teams around the NBA who genuinely look like contenders to match up with the Heat, we find most of them are those we expected. The Magic, the Celtics, and naturally, the Lakers. But two newcomers have to be considered: the Hornets and Spurs. We've already broken down for you where the Heat are strong and lacking in and of themselves through ten games. Here's a look at the performances of these contenders in relation to the Heat. All stats available from HoopData and reflect games prior to Sunday, November 14th. Category leaders are in bold.



Category Lakers Celtics Magic Hornets Spurs Heat
Win % 0.889 0.800 0.667 1.00 0.875 0.600
Off Eff 112.5 104.6 102.9 105.4 106.8 108.5
Def Eff 101.8 98.1 95.6 95.1 102.7 96.8
eFG% 51.33 51.67 51.75 51.39 52.67 51.33
TOR 12.03 14.29 15.88 13.28 15.09 13.09
Signature win Suns Heat (2x) Hawks Heat Suns Magic

Obviously that last category is subjective, i just took what seemed like the best win from what has been on their schedule. So two of those teams' signature wins are against the Heat. Not a great resume the Heat have building up, considering the Magic, the Heat's signature win, has the second lowest winning percentage of the group and their signature win is against the Hawks.

Getting past the numbers, the Lakers have looked every bit the best team in the league through the first three weeks of the season, while Boston looks very much like the second best. The Hornets' undefeated streak can't be ignored there, and as they are the only two teams with multiple category leads, hard to argue against them. Also interesting to note that the Heat do not lead in any categories.

Quite simply, when you stack the Heat up against their competition? They don't stack up at all so far.

Posted on: November 14, 2010 3:01 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Tim Duncan's career entirely summed up in a video

Posted by Royce Young

No NBA legend has been as underappreciated, as underrated and as under-covered as Tim Duncan. He's (arguably) the top power forward of all-time, a four-time NBA champion, a three-time NBA Finals MVP and a two-time MVP, yet he's often forgotten and often overlooked. It's doesn't make any sense, but that's the way it is and the way it always will be.

Duncan of course doesn't mind, because his personality, demeanor and style of game is really what dictates that. But I don't think anything sums up Tim Duncan's career and evident impact on the NBA quite like this clip from Jeopardy! recently. Observe:



A Spurs center that's a three-time NBA Finals MVP. Hmm. Now I don't blame the contestants for not knowing because not everyone is a big hoops fan, but the guesses? Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony. It's just comical/crazy that people so easily forget about a player like Tim Duncan. I have no idea how it happens, but it does. Even I'm guilty of it at times. If I'm listing off the top power forwards in the league I'll go Bosh, Pau Gasol, Josh Smith... eventually going, "Oh crap! Tim Duncan! Duh!"

It's the story of Duncan's career, but just because we don't remember doesn't mean he isn't pure greatness.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 11, 2010 3:00 pm
 

James Anderson out eight weeks

Posted by Royce Young

Via the San Antonio Express-News, rookie guard James Anderson is out eight weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot.

It's actually a little bigger blow to the Spurs than most probably think. Anderson has been more than solid off the bench thus far, averaging 17.7 minutes a game while shooting 50 percent from 3. He's provided a scoring punch and most importantly, some depth.

It's no secret than Manu Ginobili has issues staying healthy for a full 82-game run, so with Anderson as a spare backcourt piece, the Spurs had someone reliable to spare Ginobili and keep his minutes down some. Plus, Anderson being a versatile 6-6 swingman could slide out to the small forward spot as well.

There's a report saying that guard Garrett Temple has been waived by San Antonio so they are most likely clearing a roster spot to bring in a replacement. The Spurs just recently signed Chris Quinn as a third point guard, making Temple expendable anyway.

Behind Anderson is Gary Neal, a former D-Leaguer who has been impressive in his small role. He's already getting over 11 minutes a game and that number obviously will go up with this injury to Anderson. Neal's also a solid 3-point shooter (12-24 from 3 this season) and can score in bunches.

It's a blow to San Antonio because depth is at a premium for them. And two months is a long time for anyone to be injured. Lucky for the Spurs, they've got pieces in place to get by, most likely without missing a beat. It's how they do.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:17 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Shootaround 11.11.10: Decisions abound

Durant doing fine at the bank, Knicks decide to love Lee still, and is Splitter a good defender?
Posted by Matt Moore

  • Apparently being in small-town Oklahoma City (which is actually big-town Oklahoma if you've ever been to the Sooner State) isn't slowing down Kevin Durant's endorsement opportunities . It may be time to really stop feeding into this myth that you need to be in a big market to be able to make great money through endorsements. If Melo would come to realize that, maybe he wouldn't still be in Denver where he's essentially spinning his wheels for no reason.
  • Knicks fans gave David Lee a terrific ovation last night . There's been a lot of positive regard this season for returning players who now play on different teams. Why do I have a feeling Cleveland will not be continuing that approach?
  • A great throwback interview with Moses Malone. With all this talk of Chris Bosh after he was discussed as a top player in the league this summer and now with his struggles in the paint, you think about what it would have been like if Moses Malone had joined a team like the Heat. Then again, you could make the argument that Dr. J's Sixers were pretty Heat-like in terms of talent.
  • Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell contends that Tiago Splitter is playing incredibly well on the defensive end, the box score just doesn't capture it . I would argue he needs to watch Splitter's weakside defense and ability to hedge effectively, but I'm a stickler for such things.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:23 am
Edited on: November 8, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Shootaround 11.8.10: Right and Wrong

J.O.'s knee not quite right, Kevin Garnett not quite wrong in the head, and a murder suspect busted in Charlotte, all in today's Shootaround.Posted by Matt Moore
  • Oh, those sneaky Celtics. It seems they snuck a Jermaine O'Neal surgery under our very noses . J.O. certainly has seemed a step behind in terms of explosiveness and strength in the paint. But to be honest, we just chalked it up to age. Apparently there was an actual reason, which means he could improve, which means the Celtics could get stronger, which is just terrifying.
  • A Minnesotan discussion of Kevin Garnett's behavior, in which it's argued he's the most genuine athlete alive . I'm not buying it. Garnett isn't driven to these things out of passion, they're calculated maneuvers. That's why he doesn't end up in fights, instead walking away with his hands up after starting something. Intense, sure, but just as deliberate as the outraged opera star on stage.
  • A murder suspect was captured in the VIP section of the Bobcats game against Orlando Saturday. Seriously. Pretty scary because there were so many people around in the public event. Pretty funny because of all the jokes you can make of "Well, if you want to be hidden from people..."
  • Brandon Jennings with some disturbing comments about the locker room chemistry in Milwaukee that's helped lead to the 2-5 start they're off to. Jennings is still learning how to be a vocal leader, but he needs to take the step and say to his teammates what he's telling the press.
 
 
 
 
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