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Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:37 pm
 

Video: Manu Ginobili helps Spurs send Rox to 0-5

Posted by Matt Moore

The Rockets can't win for losing. After hanging with the Spurs and mounting a double-digit comeback, the Rockets had the lead inside a minute against the Spurs. But missed free throws haunted them, as the Spurs forced rookie Ishmael Smith to shoot, he was unable to convert, and even after an offensive rebound by Chuck Hayes, Courtney Lee missed two free throws that would have made the lead three. You give the Spurs an opening, you give Manu Ginobili an opening? He's going to hurt you.




Poo God . Money. The Spurs would go on to win in overtime, knocking the Rockets to 0-5.

The Rockets are now the worst team in the league, having failed to secure a victory before the Pistons, Timberwolves or Raptors. Not exactly the start Daryl Morey envisioned.

The thing on that game-tying Ginobili shot is the behind the back. It's such a flash maneuver, but used for such practical purpose. By going behind his back, he keeps his momentum moving back for the step-back, instead of trying to reverse his momentum. That's why Ginobili is so great at making flash functional. And for the win.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:12 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Game Changer 11.4.10: Can't Stop Dirk

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: DIRK AND COMPANY GET IT DONE AGAINST DENVER

The trap we often fall into when evaluating great performances is that somehow, the defense was useless. That they were pathetically overmatched by the greatness we just witnessed. But in truth, it's often a great performance in the face of great defense. Great players hit tough shots and figure out a way to get it done. And that's what Dirk Nowitzki did against a surprisingly good defensive approach from the Nuggets. Rookie Gary Forbes and Al Harrington did everything they could, had position, got a hand in his face, and Nowitzki just kept working them over with the fadeaway. There were a few times when questionable switches and assignments doomed the Nuggets. J.R. Smith trying to defend Dirk? Aaron Afflalo? That's not going to work, kids. He may be "Euro-soft" or whatever (averaging 9.8 rebounds this season), but he's still 7 feet. And he took advantage of it.

But the Nuggets hung around, getting good perimeter contributions, and had a shot to win it with time expiring. Their offensive set of choice? Contested jumper for Carmelo in ISO. Clang. Ballgame. Don't get me wrong, Carmelo's a fantastic clutch scorer. But not even a post possession or a pick and roll or anything? Just, here, try and nail it over your guy, Melo? And that's why Dallas usually finishes with a better record than Denver.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES:

Kobe Bryant: 30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 turnover. Took 22 shots to get there, but who cares when he's producing that many points in total?

Monta Ellis: 39 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals.

Deron Williams: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists

Dwight Howard: 18 points, 16 rebounds, 8 blocks in 23 minutes.

Tim Duncan: 25 points on 13 shots, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocked shots, 6 turnovers

SO RISES A NEW POINT:

Baron Davis is out because he is out of shape, which surprises no one. But what is surprising is that in last night's win, yet another membe of the Kentucky 5 showed up to make the case for being a legit NBA starter. Eric Bledsoe stepped in and dropped 17 points, 8 assists, and 2 blocked shots as the Clippers got their first win. The kid's got moxy, we'll give him that. Bledsoe at times elected to take contested 3s with time on the clock. But he also got things going, ran the offense, and was very efficient for a rookie starting. All this and the Clippers blew out the Thunder like they weren't even there. It's not a small element if Bledsoe can become the point guard of the future for the Clippers. That makes them a much more complete team and gives them a 1-2-3 punch with Gordon and Blake Griffin.

THE Jazz BAND IS BACK ON STAGE:

Things looked bleak for the Jazz as the season started. But in their past two games, they've absolutely annihilated their opponents, as they did to the Raptors last night. The Jazz dropped 66 on the Raptors in the first half and that was all she wrote. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, or as I like to call it, Aul Jeffsap, dropped 48 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and a block on the Raptors, on a night where Andrea Bargnani was actually rebounding. There were so many questions about how those two would work together, but at least early on, they're monstrous offensively. Jefferson's savvy and poise is offset by Millsap's explosiveness and tenaciousness. The Raptors had no return volley and that was it.

VIDEO-A-GO-GO



WHAT YOU MISSED:

KB says KG can still make this right . Bogut and Garnett got into it . And Steve Nash is not retiring .

3-BALL, CORNER POCKET:

Richard Jefferson nailed 4 three-pointers from the corner last night, and had himself a barrage from the arc.

Richard Jefferson hits four 3-pointers in the 4th quarter to beat Suns from 48 Minutes of Hell on Vimeo .

RONDO DO WHAT RONDO DO:

It's overtime. The Celtics need a bucket to get some space on the Bucks. So the Celtics go to their best option. Let Rajon Rondo create.



Rondo sets the play and moves to the left wing where KG is moving to set him a pick to clear baseline. Paul Pierce has his hands on his knees on the far wing, he's harmless. (HINT: He is not harmless.)



As Rondo comes off the pick, Davis is high, pulling defenders away from the basket. Ray Allen sets a pick low, and because it's Ray Allen, the Bucks rightly are concerned with keeping tabs on him. Meanwhile, they're trying to prevent the pick and pop from Garnett at 18 feet which is deadly. So you'll see three Bucks players creating a wall watching that pick and roll. The problem? There's no one behind the play to watch... the Truth, who has come hard off of that wing to the low cut. Rondo is dribble hesitating to pull Ilyasova out and freez him where he wants him.



Rondo's got one lane, over the top of the tall Ilyasova, to the bucket, without making Pierce go up too much. Pierce is nto really an alley-oop guy at this point, so Rondo's got to get it where Pierce can grab it and immediately go up to score. He's got a narrow lane, with a defender closing off the pick (and Garnett is still open if he want to opt for the pick and pop). Meanwhile, the Bucks have just realized they don't know where Pierce is.

Too late.



Look at all the space Pierce has when he catches the pass from Rondo. They've managed to create space right under the basket and all they need is a great pass from Rondo. Which he delivers on target.



Too easy.

See you tomorrow on the Game Changer.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:57 am
 

Game Changer 11.2.10

Deng does work with his mid-range, the Raptors do no work on the glass in the fourth, and Gordon does demolition work on the rim. All that and more in this edition of the 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: DENG DOIN' WORK


In general, Nicolas Batum is a good defensive player. So is Wesley Matthews. Unfortunately, last night, they were completely overwhelmed by the rarest of finds: a fully functional Luol Deng. Not hampered by injury, a poor offensive system, or mental distractions, last night is a perfect example of what can happen when Deng is feeling it. Particularly, Deng's game is focused on the mid-range J. It's a highly inefficient shot, which is why he so rarely has nights like this. But when it's falling? Good night, nurse. Deng dropped 40 on the Bulls in a game that wasn't close right from the start. The Blazers just looked overwhelmed defensively. They couldn't protect the rim, and nothing was going to work on Deng. He kept nailing pull-up jumpers off the dribble, forcing them to close. Then he pump faked and got to the line. Take a look at his shot chart from CBSSports.com's Game Tracker .



That's a pretty good night from the field. When you're hot, you're hot.

Other than that? Not much to report. The Bulls' defense wasn't really all that stout, allowing a 110.1 efficiency for Portland, despite the Blazers shooting 41% from the field and 0.00% from the arc. 0-14 from the stripe for the Blazers. It was that kind of night. But 41 free throws helped them avoid getting wiped off the map while still being down too much to climb back from. The Blazers just looked a step behind on all their rotations, and the Bulls' offense was functioning at an extremely high level. Derrick Rose finishe with 16, 13, and 5, with 6 turnovers, and made a few absolutely gorgeous cross-court skip passes to Deng for open threes behind the baseline off-ball screen. Stuff you did not see out of the Bulls last year. Thibs has the offense going well, and with Deng hitting the jumper, that was all she wrote.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Luol Deng: 40 points on 14-19 shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, +19

Tyreke Evans: 23 points on 9-16 shooting, 7 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Gary Neal: 16 points, 4-8 from 3-point land, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

Eric Gordon: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, only Clippers starter with postiive plus/minus


DON'T MISS:

Ken Berger posts on how the league needs to take note of what happened in the NHL Lockout. Check out Ken's Post-Ups with news from around the league on several subjects, including Derrick Favors, Nicolas Batum, and how the league is approaching the Knicks investigation. Be sure to check out the horror, the horror of the Mike Conley extension, and Royce Young covers what we learned in week one .


RAPTORS BOARD OUT OF THEIR MINDS:


The Raptors held a 34-25 advantage on the glass headed into last night's fourth quarter against the Kings. In related news, they held an eight point advantage. In the fourth quarter alone, they lost the rebounding battle by double (14-7, advantage Kings), and were outscored by 11. That was your ballgame. Andrea Bargnani was, for some weird reason, matched up with the bulkier, meaner DeMarcus Cousins, while Reggie Evans was forced to try and hold off the wiry, quicker Carl Landry. It made absolutely no sense and the results bore out. The Raptors had this game on lockdown and just let the Kings take it away from them. This despite Evans finishing with 19 rebounds, 10 offensive. That would make them Never Be Closing, I suppose.

VIDEO-A-GO-GO


In case you missed it last night:




BENCH MOBBED:


The Clippers bench was outscored 32-7 last night in a nine point loss. For those of you keeping track, that means that the starters managed to outscore San Antonio's, but they couldn't handle Gary Neal and James Anderson. It at once says that the Clippers are far too woefully thin to be considered anything close to a playoff team this year, and that the Spurs have once again added young, versatile pieces which will help them this season. One game does not a season make, but the success the Spurs are having is a product of the system, and solid player acquisition. The smart get smarter, the Clips get Clipper.

AND FINALLY:

Loud noises!



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Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:42 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 11:59 pm
 

Eric Gordon annihilates the rim

Posterized: adj. See: Anderson, James. Victim of: Gordon, Eric.
Posted by Matt Moore


I'm not even going to comment.



Okay, I'll comment briefly. As I said on Twitter, "Gordon just strapped C4 to the rim and said "Equipment Manager, please start over."

Yikes.

Posted on: October 30, 2010 2:08 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 2:09 pm
 

What Tony Parker's extension means for the Spurs

Posted by Royce Young

After a summer of wondering if he'd go elsewhere - specifically New York - Tony Parker is staying in San Antonio. The deal is for four years and close to $50 million, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

For whatever reason, whether it be George Hill's rise or some injuries that kept Parker out last season, people seemed to think Parker was dispensable. Another funny thing is that people seem to think he's older. In reality, he's just 28 and with a four-year deal, will be with the Spurs through the prime of his career.

The Spurs Big 3 though of Manu Ginobili, Parker and Tim Duncan is now staying together for at least one more season. Ginobili is in San Antonio until 2013, but Duncan can opt out next season. It's somewhat unlikely that he will, but there's a possibility that it happens. But after the trade rumors that bounced around for Parker, it's clear he's not going anywhere.

Hill is signed through 2012, but clearly he's not staying with the Spurs, unless he plans on moving to shooting guard. Hill is a starter in the making and will likely demand a contract over the Spurs head when he's up. It's not impossible to keep both but like I said, it would probably require Hill moving positions and cracking the starting lineup, therefore getting starter money.

A question is though, can Parker assume the role as the front man for the Spurs? Consider his numbers over the past couple seasons: consistently around 18 ppg and around 6.0 apg. But as one of the "younger" pieces on this roster, he's likely going to be part of some transition. Gregg Popovich is trying to get his team to play faster and that suits Parker's abilities. But how will a future roster fill in around him? The key with any good point guard is the players around him. And if Parker's running mates move on somewhere else and he's only left with Matt Bonner, James Anderson and DeJuan Blair he probably isn't enough on his own to get things done.

Somehow, San Antonio continues to push forward with good teams despite everyone waiting for a down year. In retrospect, it's kind of funny that people thought the Spurs would move Parker. Unless Parker really wanted a change of scenery or was thinking he could get more somewhere else, the San Antonio formula is to sign Parker to a multi-year and make sure he's part of the core for years to come. Other teams have started to adopt that same model, most notably Oklahoma City. The Thunder locked up Kevin Durant already, but with Jeff Green's contract issue yet to be resolved and Russell Westbrook up for an extension next summer, OKC will have to figure it out.

I think part of the key is finding guys that are willing to be part of a process and aren't necessarily looking for brighter lights. Again, Parker could've looked elsewhere. I'm sure there was a draw to New York and playing in Mike D'Antoni's system. But it's almost like if you're a part of this Spurs team, you understand you're not going anywhere. There's a real culture there that just keeps things together. it starts with Duncan and Ginobili, but obviously the torch is in the process of being moved to Parker.

The fact San Antonio inked Parker should come as no surprise. R.C. Buford is all about keeping the pieces together. It's been what's kept the Spurs as one of the league's best teams for over a decade now and it's what will keep them good while Parker plays out this extension. The worry is after next year when Duncan can move on. I guess all San Antonio needs to do is find another Tim Duncan. That shouldn't be too hard, right?
Posted on: October 28, 2010 2:29 pm
 

Matt Bonner to miss 10-14 days

Posted by Royce Young

Time for you massively important injury update of the week. Brace yourself, Red Rocket fans. I have some bad news.

The Spurs sharpshooting big man will miss 10-14 days with an ankle sprain. As the San Antonio Express-News reported, Bonner's right ankle had swelled to the size of a baseball and he was quite eager to show everyone.

Bonner said: “Pretty ugly, don’t you think? I came down on somebody’s foot. That’s what I get for jumping."

Yeah, stick to the outside shooting if you know what's good for you. Since when did you think you could jump?

Bonner of course is one of the Spurs most underrated bench weapons. He's deadly on kickouts from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and is actually a better post defender than people realize. The Spurs are hurting a bit on the inside right now as Tiago Splitter isn't fully ready for his debut so Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess will likely be playing more minutes than usual, as well as DeJuan Blair.

Posted on: October 17, 2010 6:48 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Report: Spurs Trade Curtis Jerrells To Hornets

The San Antonio Spurs have reportedly traded guard Curtis Jerrells to the New Orleans Hornets for a draft pick.
Posted by Ben Golliver
Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com reportsthat the San Antonio Spurs have traded backup point guard Curtis Jerrells to the New Orleans Hornets.
The San Antonio Spurs have traded reserve point guard Curtis Jerrells to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for a second-round pick, sources tell HOOPSWORLD.
The obvious link between the two organizations is new Hornets GM Dell Demps, who was a front office executive for the Spurs prior to his hire by New Orleans this summer. The Hornets have been in need of backcourt depth behind Chris Paul after they shipped Darren Collison to the Indiana Pacers in a trade that netted wing Trevor Ariza. Jerrells will join a backcourt that includes Paul, Willie Green (also acquired by trade ) and promising second-year scorer Marcus Thornton. The Spurs have two quality point guards in long-time starter Tony Parker and solid backup George Hill, who started for much of last season as Parker dealt with injury issues. Jerrells played for the D-League's Austin Toros last year and was called up by the Spurs, but never saw any action .
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 11:57 am
 

No extension on the table yet for Parker

Posted by Royce Young

It's easy to forget all about Tony Parker. He was injured for a lot of last season, he's aging a bit and the West is stacked with good point guards.

But the thing is, Parker has multiple rings and at 28, still has a lot of good years left. But in terms of this contract, he's only got one year left before it's up.

But he's not worried about an extension. And he's not in a hurry. “I know they are negotiating, but there is nothing on the table," Parker told the french newspaper L’Equipe. "I’m not in a hurry either. I want to stay in San Antonio, but I do not mind. I just want to make a big season and the contract will come naturally.”

There was some talk that Parker could be headed to New York this season or next and if he doesn't land that extension, he'd certainly be available. And Parker knows there's that chance. “Everything is possible, the NBA is a business and, for a team like San Antonio, my wages is substantial," he told the paper. "They decide what they want to do about me.”

The Spurs could trade Parker this season if they determine they don't want to extend him. Again, there's been chatter about New York, but also people have tossed around Orlando as a potential home for him. But it sounds like the ball is in San Antonio's court. If no extension is to be done for Parker, it would be easy to see him dealt by the trade deadline. But that could be tough because you know the Spurs will be in the middle of the West.

That's where young George Hill comes in. He proved in Parker's absence that he could be ready to handle the duties of starting. And San Antonio may see Parker's contract as an opportunity to extend the life of the current Spurs run a bit by bringing in extra talent. If Hill is capable, Parker is somewhat expendable.

Parker says he's 100 percent and has his legs completely back. He's been such a key part of the San Antonio trio over what's almost been 10 years. Tim Duncan has an early termination option next season and Manu Ginobili is signed through 2013. So time is running out on the Spurs. And that might be why they're taking their time on Parker's extension. Maybe they don't even know what the future holds.
 
 
 
 
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