4:33 AM EDT, Sat October 21, 2017
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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Chicago Bulls

After a victory in their home opener, the Spurs hit the road to take on the Bulls in Chicago. Can they keep the momentum rolling? The San Antonio Spurs are heading into the second game of the season looking to build off of a strong 107-99 victory in their home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite missing star Kawhi Leonard, they rolled behind LaMarcus Aldridge and his 25-point, 10-rebound effort. The Spurs’ first road trip of the year takes them to Chicago, where things could be better. The Bulls dropped their home opener by 16 points to the Raptors and will be relying on a...
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Imagining the Spurs defense of the future

Imagining the Spurs defense of the future

You can’t teach length. Imagine your crunch-time point guard is 6'9½, devastatingly quick, and plays the passing lanes like a cheetah cutting off an antelope. He's fast enough to stay in front of Jeff Teague, and even though he's very young, he shows a lot of potential. His decision making is improving, and he’s learning when to play straight-up defense and when to gamble. Your 2 guard is 6'10 and a lock-down defender. He's a 3 & D guy. A rich man's 3 & D guy. Over his eight year career he has averaged 40% from three and in his ninth year, it seems as if he's added intermediate scoring...
11 hours ago
Kawhi Leonard is either in pain, being careful, or trolling us

Kawhi Leonard is either in pain, being careful, or trolling us

Video of Kawhi boarding the team’s charter to Chicago is frightening, routine, or hilarious — and only time will tell which it is. So this just happened as Kawhi Leonard was boarding the Spurs charter for Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. Kawhi Leonard boarding the #Spurs charter flight for Chicago. #KSATsports #KSATnews pic.twitter.com/Z3lgfQOtMc— Larry Ramirez (@LRam2) October 20, 2017 I see three different possibilities here. Kawhi is in serious pain His quadriceps tendinopathy is so acute that he’s unable to naturally take the steps up to the board an airplane....
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Special ticket package for Spurs vs. Warriors

Special ticket package for Spurs vs. Warriors

The Spurs are offering PtR readers another deal on tickets — and this time, it’s Golden State. The Spurs ticket office has put together an offer for £ers interested in attending the upcoming clash between San Antonio and the Golden State Warriors on November 2nd. This is our second offer of the year, and Jeph Duarte recently wrote about his experience at the home opener after purchasing tickets through a PtR package. Here are the details of the Warriors game deal. PtR Package Includes: Spurs Game TicketSpurs Courtside Experience Passes (One hour early access to sit courtside and watch...
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Tim Duncan’s daughter steals the show

Tim Duncan’s daughter steals the show

Here are today’s best Spurs news and articles. Despite missing Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, the Spurs did what they were supposed to do on opening night by beating the up-and-coming but still-figuring-it-out Minnesota Timberwolves 107-99. However, the Spurs doing Spurs things on national TV wasn’t what caught everyone’s attention, but rather it was Quill Duncan, the daughter of Tim Duncan and Vanessa Macias, who was caught by the cameras being too cute to handle by teething on her daddy’s shirt: Monty Williams with Tim Duncan & Vanessa, baby is using Tim's shirt for a...
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A fan’s eye view of the Spurs opening night

A fan’s eye view of the Spurs opening night

I bought PtR’s ticket deal, and found the value of the package far exceeds the cost Best birthday ever. To just go to the Spurs season opener would have been awesome in and of itself, but to get the added bonus of the Spurs Courtside Experience elevated the entire trip to the AT&T Center, for the season opener. For starters, this special package deal gets you into the stadium two hours before game time to watch the Spurs warm up. And in this case, we were sitting two rows back and watching Becky Hammon workout with Joffrey Lauvergne. Jeph Duarte Joffrey Lauvergne...
Oct 20, 2017
No Kawhi, No Problem for Spurs in season’s first game

No Kawhi, No Problem for Spurs in season’s first game

A closer look at what the numbers reveal about the Spurs’ win in their opener. It’s hard to talk about the Spurs’ season-opening 107-99 win over Minnesota without first mentioning the absence of Kawhi Leonard. Leonard, who Vegas picked as the second-best bet to win MVP this season behind LeBron James, is out indefinitely with tendinopathy of his right quadriceps. Though “indefinitely” would ordinarily be a scary word in this context, nearly all injury-related news that comes from the tight-lipped Spurs can be described as “not definite.” And, there is reason to believe that...
Oct 19, 2017
Manu Ginobili vlogs about the opening game and recovery

Manu Ginobili vlogs about the opening game and recovery

In Thursday’s video blog, The Manu discusses the win over the Wolves and preparations for the Bulls. Manu Ginobili’s first video blog of the regular season is in Spanish, so an English translation follows the video below. He talks about the Spurs win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, and how he’s still getting into game shape. La mañana después del debut. #ouchhttps://t.co/9qxfz71zFQ— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) October 19, 2017 Hi! The debut has passed. The excitement of the season’s first game has passed, and all that entails. You run more, you put forth more effort,...
Oct 19, 2017
HEB debuts 2017 commercials at Spurs season opener

HEB debuts 2017 commercials at Spurs season opener

One each day will be unveiled until all 6 have aired It just wouldn’t be a Spurs season without H.E.B. Their commercials have become a mainstay for the televised San Antonio Spurs games. And this year they have done it again. There are six new spots. One will air each day between Wednesday’s season opener against the Timberwolves and the Oct. 23rd Spurs/Raptors match-up. Here is Spot #1: Hummus tasting, featuring Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major and wordplay! Fans at the AT&T Center were treated to two more spots featured on the...
Oct 19, 2017
Spurs start strong, finish stronger in season-opening win over Wolves

Spurs start strong, finish stronger in season-opening win over Wolves

With Kawhi Leonard in street clothes, LaMarcus Aldridge showed the Spurs had all the starpower they needed to beat an upgraded Minnesota squad. Much has been made of the Spurs’ nondescript offseason, settling for seemingly marginal moves as superteams formed elsewhere. One of those new powers was meant to be the Timberwolves, who added top-flight wing Jimmy Butler to a core of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and have their sights set on a long-awaited return to the playoffs. But with all the hoopla surrounding the Butler acquisition, with Wiggins inking a near-$150 million...
Oct 19, 2017
Minnesota at San Antonio, Final Score; Spurs overpower the Timberwolves on opening day

Minnesota at San Antonio, Final Score; Spurs overpower the Timberwolves on opening day

The Spurs, without Kawhi Leonard, won their opening day contest against the Timberwolves. The Minnesota Timberwolves augmented their young and talented core by adding Jimmy Butler and coach Tom Thibideau this year, and they’re a wild card in the deep western conference this season. But the ageless Spurs handled the new look Wolves easily for the most part, despite a sag in the fourth quarter that allowed the Wolves to briefly even the score. Game Flow The Spurs started quickly with Dejounte Murray scoring the first points and Pau Gasol looking sharp and hitting his shots. Lamarcus...
Oct 18, 2017
Popovich on LaMarcus Aldridge: “I tried to change him”

Popovich on LaMarcus Aldridge: “I tried to change him”

Gregg Popovich discussed speaking with the reportedly discontent Aldridge over the summer and how he may have been wrong in his initial approach to integrating the All-Star forward. On Monday, Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge inked a three-year $72.3 million dollar extension to stay in San Antonio through 2020-21. On Wednesday, speaking before the season-opener against Minnesota, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Aldridge, his impressive preseason, and how he could’ve done a better job of integrating the All-Star forward after he joined the team in 2015. Here’s the full quote...
Oct 18, 2017
Reason to be optimistic Kawhi Leonard will be playing soon

Reason to be optimistic Kawhi Leonard will be playing soon

Dr. Armin Tehrany spoke with SI about Kawhi’s injury and how serious it likely is. Today, SI.com posted an interview with Dr. Armin Tehrany about Kawhi Leonard’s tendinopathy. Dr. Tehrany, considered to be one of the top orthopedic doctors in New York City and founder of Manhattan Orthopedic Care, had some positive insights to the San Antonio Spurs star’s recovery. In the interview, Dr. Tehrany explained the injury as being caused by over-use and rarely requires surgery. The common treatment is R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Tehrany also commented that he...
Oct 18, 2017
Gearing up for the season, San Antonio Spurs style

Gearing up for the season, San Antonio Spurs style

One Spurs fan’s opening night ritual. Opening Night is going to be a blast. Los Bandeleros in the Bud Light Courtyard. Gotta get ready: Shoes? Check! Sweatshirt? Check! Pounding the Rock Kawhi Klaw Salute t-shirt? Check! Spurs Pregame Courtside experience tickets? Check! Spurs T-shirt Voucher? Check! Spurs Postgame Free Throw Pass? Check! Backpack? Check! All I need now is 18,418 rowdy friends to join me. Who’s in?
Oct 18, 2017
What to make of the Spurs extending LaMarcus Aldridge

What to make of the Spurs extending LaMarcus Aldridge

Bruno Passos and J.R. Wilco discuss the Aldridge extension and other question marks for San Antonio’s season. Bruno Passos and I had an opportunity to join Mike Prada’s Limited Upside NBA Podcast to preview the San Antonio Spurs 2017-18 season, and the first thing he asked us about was the Spurs extending LaMarcus Aldridge’s contract. But we didn’t stop there, we looked back at the summer that was and the re-signing of Pau Gasol and the acquisition of Rudy Gay. We looked forward to a season Dejounte Murray not bouncing between Austin and San Antonio. He asked us a couple of tough...