Tag:San Antonio Spurs
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:54 pm
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:20 pm
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:07 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 9:11 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
He won't right the ship but he can plug a hole.
SI.com reports that free agent forward Ike Diogu, a 28-year-old power forward, has agreed to sign a 1-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
Tuesday evening, the Spurs confirmed the signing, noting that Diogu will wear jersey No. 1.
The Spurs have been regarded as the league's tightest ship over the last decade but the boat has been taking on water during the start of the 2011-2012 season. All-Star guard Manu Ginobili is temporarily lost to a broken hand, the Spurs added just one meaningful roster part in the offseason, promising rookie Kawhi Leonard, and a Monday Night loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, last year's basement-dwellers, makes San Antonio look as vulnerable as its been during the Tim Duncan Era.
A 2005 lottery pick, Diogu has bounced around during his five years in the NBA, playing for the Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers. Diogu underwent a microfracture surgery that caused him to miss the entire 2009-2010 season before playing 36 games for the Clippers last year, averaging 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game.
A bulky, undersized forward, Diogu joins a Spurs frontcourt rotation that is thin on heft as a fifth big man, providing depth behind Duncan, DeJuan Blair, Matt Bonner and Tiago Splitter. He'll bring decent low-post scoring, foul-giving and some rebounding to the table.
Diogu's addition brings San Antonio's roster to 14 players.
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:37 pm
Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver.
The 2011-2012 NBA season has officially entered 2012. With that comes the third installment of CBSSports.com's NBA Power Rankings by Eye On Basketball's Matt Moore.
What did he get right? What did he get wrong? We're here to break it down and take it down.
1. Too High: Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 1. This week's Power Rankings made it through exactly zero spots before being completely wrong. Both Oklahoma City and Miami have one loss. OKC's loss is to the four-loss Dallas Mavericks, ranked No. 19 this week (No. 29 last week, don't think we forgot about that). Miami's loss was to one-loss Atlanta, ranked No. 4 this week. Sure, Miami lost to the Hawks at home, but they also did exactly what OKC couldn't: beat Dallas in Dallas, thumping the Mavericks on Christmas Day. OKC is dealing with reports of teammate-on-teammate verbal violence while Miami is humming along like a group of really, really athletic Boy Scouts. This one is indefensible. -- BG
2. Too Low: Miami Heat at No. 2. Let's be clear: the Heat are not infallible. A Dwyane Wade foot injury and an awful 4-for-17 shooting night against the Hawks provide some consternation. But the body of work is absolutely there. The Heat are No. 4 in offensive efficiency and No. 9 in defensive efficiency, a ranking sure to rise. As it stands, both rankings are better than the Thunder. Pick an advanced statistic -- rebounding rate, true shooting percentage, turnover percentage and assist rate -- and Miami is better than Oklahoma City. South Florida, stand up. For the first time in years I have your back. -- BG
3. Most Overrated: Atlanta Hawks at No. 4. They beat the Heat. Good for them. No seriously, good for them. But are the Hawks really a top four team? The same Hawks team that did virtually nothing except add Tracy McGrady and lose Jamal Crawford in the offseason. Let's keep our heads here on the Hawks. They're the same old Hawks that are just good enough to keep our attention but not quite good enough to actually be in the conversation. -- RY
4. Most Overlooked: Chicago Bulls at No. 3. The lively debate over the No. 1 spot didn't include Chicago, and it probably should have. It's hard to be overlooked at No. 3 but I'd argue that's the case. Derrrick Rose had about as good of a game as you can have last Friday against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers, and it barely made waves, lost in the New Year's celebration. Chicago has been winning ugly and they didn't drop jaws throughout their Christmas Day victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in the same manner that Miami and Oklahoma City did. They're still smarting from that first impression a bit. With a 3-1 West coast road trip, they had the toughest schedule of the top-3 teams and they handled it in typically professional style. Look for Chicago to remain at No. 3 or higher for the foreseeable future. -- BG
5. Sure Thing: Washington Wizards at No. 30. Holy crap, they are so bad. Monday's game in Boston was finally somewhat competitive, but it's simple: John Wall has to be excellent if the Wizards are going to compete. Right now, he's playing average basketball. With Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and whoever else running with Wall, that roster isn't good enough to win unless Wall takes them to a higher level. They are the NBA's worst and there isn't a doubt about it. -- RY
6. Wild Card: San Antonio Spurs at No. 10. The Spurs came out of the gates working people over like their old selves. They looked to be well on their way to another year of everyone doubting them while they just owned the West. Except after a dominant 2-0 start, the Spurs have dropped games to Houston and the Wolves, while not being all that competitive in either games. Plus, Manu Ginobili broke his hands. The Spurs could be a top five team, but they could also fall way past that. -- RY
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:34 pm
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:27 pm
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:44 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 3:35 pm
By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.
UPDATE: According to Gregg Popovich, Ginobili will be out 6-8 weeks with the broken bone in his hand.
The Associated Press confirmed that timeline on Wedneday after reporting that Ginobili will have undergo surgery on his hand. The AP further notes: "Ginobili tweeted Wednesday that he'll have a plate screwed onto his shooting hand Thursday."
The San Antonio News-Express reports that Manu Ginobili broke the fifth metacarpal in his left hand during the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.
Ginobili, who is left-handed, appeared to suffer the injury reaching in an attempt to strip the ball from Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver as Tolliver went up for a shot near the 3-point line.via Spurs Nation » Ginobili suffers broken left hand.
This is pretty much as close as it gets to disaster for the Spurs. Ginobili is the engine that drives this team now, with Tim Duncan spiraling towards retirement. His elbow injury last April had a huge impact in the Spurs' first round loss to the Grizzlies, as Manu was far from 100 percent.
The Spurs had gotten off to a hot start, winning with defense and a healthy dose of Ginobili, versus the three-point attack they utilized last season. This is a pretty devastating injury in a lockout-shortened season for San Antonio.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:34 am
Edited on: December 30, 2011 2:50 am
By Matt Moore
The Knicks wilt again out West, the Thunder rise and fire, and the Blazers win the best game of the night. Here's your nightly report card.
One day removed from a horrid shooting performance in a near-loss and after a brief altercation with Kevin Durant that subsequently became the biggest story in the league for a day, Russell Westbrook brought the Thunder back. He made all the plays late starting with a dunk and-one off a steal. He hit big shots when he needed to and grabbed a huge offensive rebound off a Durant miss late. It was a terrific job by a player with a lot of pressure on him, and showed why the Thunder believe he and Durant can be special together.
Westbrook isn't the pure point a lot of people think Durant needs. But in terms of scoring point guards, he's one of the best in the league. His fearlessness and ability to make things happen in key moments should not be overshadowed by a handful of poor shooting nights for the young player. Westbrook is a legitimate star who plays on the same stage, if not level, as Kevin Durant.
A: Los Angeles Lakers
Ball movement. Help defense. Efficiency. The Lakers won with good basketball. Not superstar power, though Pau Gasol played well. They weren't pretty or fun to watch, they just worked to create open shots and knocked them down. Even when the Lakers were losing earlier this week, they had great effort, just poor execution. Against the Knicks, they really turned the effort into execution and simply played better basketball against what is arguably a more talented team in terms of star power.
B: Houston Rockets
The Spurs didn't have it, but the Rockets also never allowed them to find it Thursday night. The Rockets ran efficient offense over and over, getting contributions from their key guys and really attacked the Spurs inside with Samuel Dalembert. It was a key win after a disappointing opener against the Magic. Kevin Martin stopped being terrible and went back to Kevin-Martin-hood.
B: Portland Trail Blazers
They won against a very good Nuggets team and kept their hot streak alive. They shot 51 perent from the field. They also turned the ball over 25 times and let the Nuggets back in it after a huge initial rush. They lost the free throw battle. In reality, they had a hot night, shooting 51 percent from the field. They also played solid defense, if allowing a number of open looks. These two teams are evenly matched and the Blazers edged them. Room for improvement, but they get a B.
C: Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks got a number of things to go their way in this game, and also played much better. The ball movement was there, Dirk was resurrected from lockout hibernation (29 and 10), JET was firing, and Ian Mahinmi and Brendan Haywood played well inside. But their defense was still several steps off of last year, and for crying out loud, the only guy in the building you have to guard with 1.4 seconds left and you give him a look? Better, Mavericks. Not good.
Dirk nabbed a technical for complaining about a call in the fourth quarter. Was just a terrible time for that kind of a tech.
D: New Jersey Nets
Missing Brook Lopez? Sure. But the effort isn't there, from any of the players. How exactly are you going to convince Dwight to come there by getting killed by him?
F: New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony, point forward is not walking through that door. Carmelo Anthony, ball-stopping shooter is. Both Anthony and Stoudemire struggled mightily against a Lakers defense that attacked their dribble whenever they got the ball. The Knicks have no creator, no initiator, no playmaker, just bullets and no gun. Oh, and defensively? Renaldo Balkman spent the most time guarding Kobe Bryant. Whoever had that idea needs to spend some time reconsidering the way he approaches the world.
Incomplete: San Antonio Spurs
Back-to-back, but after two really solid defensive games the Spurs took a giant step backwards Thursday night.
E for Effort: Orlando Magic
It's not hard to beat the Nets. But the Magic are firing on all cylinders right now. Dwight Howard with 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson 22 points. The Magic are still a good team in the middle of all the turmoil. Again, against the Nets. But still.
Dirk Nowitzki. Jason Terry, Serge Ibaka. Steve Blake. Pau Gasol. Josh McRoberts, Luis Scola. Jimmer. Wesley Matthews.