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Since 2012, every Thunder playoff game in San Antonio has been a blowout

It's the fourth episode of the Superfluous Poppycock Podcast, wherein J.R. Wilco and Seth Warren discuss the Spurs' Game 1 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. In Episode 4 of the Superfluous Poppycock Podcast, J.R. Wilco and Seth Warren discuss the San Antonio Spurs' Game 1 shellacking of the Oklahoma City Thunder: from Kawhi Leonard's game-opening dunk, to his incredible defense on Russell Westbrook; from LaMarcus Aldridge's incredible offensive explosion, to the return of Danny Green's shot; from Billy Donovan's potential adjustments to Tony Parker's desire to play for the...
Pounding The Rock May 1, 2016

GIF Breakdown: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1

The Spurs made the game look easy and rolled in Game 1 of the Semis, here's a look at some of the plays that helped San Antonio take a 1-0 lead in the series. LaMarcus Aldridge had it going from everywhere on Saturday night, inside, outside, left, right, off the dribble, off the catch, in the post, even falling down. Finishing with 38 points on 18-of-23 from the field, the Thunder had no answer for the big man. Not only was the offense flowing freely, bu the Spurs defense was highly focused, limiting OKC to 41% from the floor. Danny Green and LaMarcus muck up Durant's passing lane here...
Pounding The Rock Apr 17, 2016

San Antonio vs. Memphis, Final Score: Spurs maul Grizzlies 106-74

Lance Stephenson, Zack Randolph and Vince Carter had great games for the Grizzlies, but in the end, the Spurs were too talented for the depleted Grizzlies as Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge ground down the gritty team from Memphis. It seemed to take forever, but the playoffs are finally here.  For the last month of the season, the Spurs looked like a team that wasn't quite focused as they slogged through a series of meaningless games and killed time as they waited for the season to end. After nearly a month of lackadaisacal play, they didn't seem ready for the playoffs,...
Pounding The Rock Apr 17, 2016

Spurs News: Danny Green as San Antonio's X-Factor

We read all the Spurs news and articles out there and bring you the best of them in one place every day. Danny Green Biggest X-Factor in Spurs' Hunt for 6th Title - forbes.com Danny Green is a forest fire that only keeps getting bigger, when he finds his rhythm from the three-point line. He needs to step up offensively, like he did in 2014 when we won the title. Spurs' big three approaching playoffs with sense of urgency - espn.com Three Hall of Fame players, with a sense of urgency to get another championship? I'll take that on my team any day. Now comfortable with Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge...
Pounding The Rock Apr 16, 2016

Spurs News: How big an issue will LaMarcus Aldridge's injured finger be?

We read all the Spurs news and articles out there and bring you the best of them in one place every day. Spurs have reason for concern with Aldridge on eve of playoffs - foxsports.com This is not what Spurs' fans wanted to hear a day before their playoff game. On the bright side, Aldridge played with a torn ligament in his left thumb last year, while with the Trailblazers. Maybe playing with a dislocated finger, will not seem like much of a challenge to him. Leonard's emergence came at perfect time for Spurs' defense - nba.com Our defense was beginning to slip outside the top ten in the...

LaMarcus Aldridge says pinkie finger is still sore as playoffs approach

LaMarcus Aldridge acknowledged that his right pinkie finger, which was dislocated during a game against the Golden State Warriors on April 7, remains sore as the Spurs prepare to host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of the teams’ first round playoff series on Sunday at AT&T Center. “It’s okay,” Aldridge said after Spurs’ practice
Pounding The Rock Apr 13, 2016

Spurs Playbook: How the Spurs use a bunch formation to trick the Thunder

It took overtime to beat a Thunder squad resting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. While it wasn't pretty, the Spurs finally were able to get their offense going in the second half through the dribble drive. Meanwhile, the Spurs need to figure out how to play with Aldridge and Duncan together. More plays like this will make that combination work. The Spurs 102-98 overtime win Tuesday night was a tale of two halves. In the first half, the Spurs used a heavy dose of Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge inside. The Spurs offense looked tired, predictable, and compressed. Keeping two big men in...
Pounding The Rock Apr 11, 2016

How will this year's Spurs be remembered?

The 2015-16 San Antonio Spurs have played at a historically good level. But if they can't beat the Warriors... The San Antonio Spurs are undeniably incredible this year. They're a team that has won 5 championships, and had countless good years before, but this is their winningest season. Heck, they're such a fantastic group that they've only lost one game at home. These Spurs have a bevy of talent. There's the MVP candidate, Kawhi Leonard. The new addition that's doing everything to endear himself to this city, LaMarcus Aldridge. The 3 Hall-of-Famers (really, when everything is over, they...
Pounding The Rock Apr 8, 2016

Spurs Playbook: Dealing with the Warriors response to the switching defense

The Warriors responded to the Spurs switching defense with multiple counters. How can the Spurs adjust moving into Round 4 Sunday and the playoffs? In Round 2 of the Spurs-Warriors season series, the Spurs found success by switching Stephen Curry pick and rolls as a means to take away the three point shot. Not only does switching allow the Spurs to keep a body on Curry at all times, but it also allows a taller, longer defender (many times it was LaMarcus Aldridge in Round 2) to contest the deep threes. In Round 3 Thursday night, the Warriors adjusted by taking advantage of...
Welcome to Loud City Apr 8, 2016

NBA playoffs approach; what are the Thunder's odds at the title?

What are the oddsmakers saying about OKC's chances at winning it all? Last night's game between the two top teams in the NBA - the Warriors and the Spurs - raised a few questions for me, questions whose answers will play out over the next few months. For the Warriors, the question I have is whether they can continue to exploit an interior defense that features two engaged defensive-minded big men (Tim Duncan was ineffective, and LaMarcus Aldridge too often got caught in no-man's land) like they did last night. Meanwhile, the Spurs' primary Achilles Heal still exists - they have a really...
Pounding The Rock Apr 8, 2016

Spurs News: LaMarcus Aldridge comes into his own in San Antonio (when not dislocating his finger)

We read all the Spurs news and articles out there and bring you the best of them in one place every day. LaMarcus Aldridge Hits His Stride - nyloncalculus.com In many ways, coming to the Spurs has opened up many aspects of Lamarcus's game that we never knew he had. Pop for coach of the year? LaMarcus Aldridge dislocates finger in first half against Warriors - mysanantonio.com By far the worst part of the loss to the Warriors, was worrying if we potentially lost Lamarcus Aldridge to a dislocated finger. Yet just like that, it was popped into place and he returned in the second quarter....
Golden State Of Mind Apr 8, 2016

Explain One Play: Stephen Curry is pre-screened for three pointers

The Warriors pass their midterm exam as they beat the Spurs switching defense in the Apr 7 2016 game. You know, I just haven't gotten tired of the Warriors beating the Spurs. I mean, Lamarcus Aldridge's dislocated finger and Boris Diaw's injury gave the Warriors a headstart, but I don't care. It still feels good. The big theme for the last few Explain One Plays has been how the Warriors have been retooling their offense on the fly to counter the all-switching defense that is the league's newest standard defense against them. (Go to The Explain One Play series index and read up...
Pounding The Rock Apr 8, 2016

Warriors hold home court, clinch first place, set up interesting rematch on Sunday

The Warriors clinched the Western Conference title with a strong effort from Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, while the Spurs struggled after LaMarcus Aldridge injured his shooting hand early in the game. I knew this was going to be a bad night when I turned on the TV and saw Derek Fisher in the TNT studio and they played the infamous 0.4 second basket in 2004 for the Lakers.  The most hateable man in basketball, for some reason, now is working in the broadcast booth.  I look forward to a few years from now when Tony Parker retires from basketball and can dominate Fisher...
Pounding The Rock Apr 5, 2016

San Antonio at Utah, Final Score: Spurs hold off furious Jazz rally 88-86

The Spurs outplayed the Jazz for most of the first three quarters, but Utah got hot in the fourth behind Joe Ingles' hot shooting and Rodney Hood's stellar play. The Spurs closed out the game with clutch baskets from Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard to pull out a close win. For most of the game, this looked like another grind-it-out road win for the Silver and Black, as they slowly increased their lead on the Utah Jazz behind a tough defense and scoring from the usual suspects, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.  The Spurs were up by 16 early in the fourth quarter, but then the Jazz went...
Pounding The Rock Apr 4, 2016

Spurs News: Everybody is wondering whether Popovich will let the Spurs defend their streak

We read all the Spurs news and articles out there and bring you the best of them in one place every day. Should Spurs care about finishing undefeated at home? - mysanantonio.com As much as I would love to see the Spurs win, the streak makes no difference to the long term goal. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge produce in an inconsistent Spurs outing - espn.com On Saturday night, Lamarcus Aldridge was the jab, and Kawhi was the devastating right hook, that had the Raptors on the ropes for most of the night. Cory Joseph rebounds from slow start in San Antonio - torontosun.com The beautiful...

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