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Open Thread: Another Daddy-Daughter Date Night, another Spurs bobblehead

Open Thread: Another Daddy-Daughter Date Night, another Spurs bobblehead

The Spurs 50th anniversary continues to highlight the glories of yesteryear On Friday, December 2nd, the San Antonio Spurs hosted their 1999 Championship night. The spotlight player was “The Memorial Day Miracle” Sean Elliott, and the first 10,000 fans got a David Robinson bobblehead. Once again, my daughter and I utilized the evening for a date night. Starting the night with the Curtsied Experience, we found ourselves in the lower bowl watching the exciting young players warm up. Isaiah Roby was the first, practicing the pick-and-roll setting him up for some...
20 hours ago
NBA on TNT Preview: Lakers look to stay hot as LeBron James makes his annual Cleveland homecoming

NBA on TNT Preview: Lakers look to stay hot as LeBron James makes his annual Cleveland homecoming

Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Are you ready to earn a couple bucks? Then head on over to DraftKings for all your sports betting needs! The NBA on TNT is back with another exciting double-header for diehard basketball fans as a handful of superstars hope to lead their team to wins underneath the national spotlight. The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are first up on the docket, followed by a late-night tilt between the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are on a helluva heater, Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell are quickly...
22 hours ago
The most maddening part of the Spurs’ slump

The most maddening part of the Spurs’ slump

Photo by Ronald Cortes/ It’s one thing to be bad on defense. It’s another to watch a Pop-coached team not even know how to rotate. Everyone knew coming into the the 2022-23 NBA season that the Spurs would be in rebuilding mode. They had traded away their All-Star point guard for draft compensation (not to mention their second best ball-handler at the 2022 All-Star Break) and didn’t add much else to the roster in the offseason outside of the three first round draft picks and some end-of-the-bench depth. Even before the season began, Gregg Popovich pointed out...
Dec 6, 2022
Open Thread: The Sound of Spurs podcast Episode 5

Open Thread: The Sound of Spurs podcast Episode 5

Philadelphia native Gene Banks starts his career in the Alamo City Episode 5 of Bill Schoening’s The Sound of Spurs podcast continues with in-depth one-on-one interviews with past players associated with the San Antonio Spurs. This episode featured Gene Banks who started his NBA career un San Antonio in 1981. The 28th overall draft pick of 1981 spent his first four seasons as a Spurs swingman. Gene Banks takes us inside his journey that led him to the NBA which includes growing up playing basketball - a game he once hated - in Philadelphia. Gene shares how divine...
Dec 5, 2022
Spurs Week in Review: It’s time to start monitoring the lottery odds

Spurs Week in Review: It’s time to start monitoring the lottery odds

Photo by Ronald Cortes/ After 11 straight losses, it’s safe to say this Spurs team is officially bad. Welcome to the Week in Review: a Monday feature that looks back at the week that was for the San Antonio Spurs, takes a look at the week ahead, and more. Enjoy! Week 6: A second-straight winless week extended the Spurs’ losing streak to eight games. Week 7: 0-3 (6-18 overall: 28th in NBA) — 111-119 L @ Oklahoma City Thunder; 99-117 L vs. New Orleans Pelicans; 95-133 L vs. Phoenix Suns Notice a change above? Without clicking on the Week 6 link, see if you can...
Dec 5, 2022
What We Learned from the Spurs loss to the Suns

What We Learned from the Spurs loss to the Suns

Photo by Ronald Cortes/ Things remain pretty bleak in Spursland I can’t say this was my favorite Spurs game of all time. That’s not really what we’re about these days though, is it? No. We’re in it for the vibes. We’re watching these games to figure out some higher truths about the universe. We want to understand the depths of of our despair in order to internalize the, uh, righteousness of our...mission? I don’t know. We’re doing something weird because we sure aren’t here for the wins. I truly can’t get over how bizarre it is to watch this team...
Dec 5, 2022
Keldon Johnson broke out of his cold spell against the Suns

Keldon Johnson broke out of his cold spell against the Suns

Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports A strong outing from the third-year forward wasn’t enough for the San Antonio Spurs to snap their losing streak. Almost like clockwork, the San Antonio Spurs extended their losing streak to 11 games, falling to the first-place Phoenix Suns in a lopsided matchup that was competitive early but devolved into a massive blowout following a listless 11-point second-quarter effort from the Silver and Black. Despite another humiliating defeat on their home court, there were some bright spots from the youngsters. Keldon Johnson was in the middle of...
Dec 5, 2022
Open Thread: Spurs “Welcome Back” series highlights Sean Elliott

Open Thread: Spurs “Welcome Back” series highlights Sean Elliott

Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP via The 1999 Championship showcased both David Robinson and Sean Elliott in one night As mentioned last week, the Spurs have been making the most of the 50th anniversary home games by spotlighting a former member of the Spurs Organization. Becky Hammon, Manu Ginobili, Ian Mahinmi, Paul Pressey, Danny Ferry, and Antonio Daniels have all taken center court between the first two frames to receive applause from the nome crowd. In many cases, they stick around and visit with Bill and Sean on the Bally Sports telecast. On Friday, the...
Dec 4, 2022
Injury-depleted Spurs team drops 11th straight to Phoenix Suns

Injury-depleted Spurs team drops 11th straight to Phoenix Suns

Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports Vassell and Langford banged up as Suns shoot their way to a 38 point win. To say the Spurs were short-handed coming into Sunday’s game versus the Western Conference-leading Phoenix Suns was an understatement. In addition to big men Jakob Poeltl, Jeremy Sochan and Dominick Barlow, forward Doug McDermott was a late scratch. Over on the wing, Josh Richardson joined Blake Wesley on the bench. By game’s end, Romeo Langford would join the group in street clothes with a right ankle sprain sustained late in the first half, but more concerningly,...
Dec 4, 2022
Suns vs. Spurs, Final Score; Phoenix goes supernova in San Antonio 133-95

Suns vs. Spurs, Final Score; Phoenix goes supernova in San Antonio 133-95

Photos by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via The sun wasn’t shining outside the arena, but it was dazzling inside as the Suns outclassed the shorthanded Spurs The Spurs lost this game early on, as the Suns outscored them by 25 in the second quarter with superiority in the paint and accurate shooting to take advantage of the short-handed Spurs lineup. The absence of Jakob Poeltl inside and foul trouble for Zach Collins and Charles Bassey left the Spurs vulnerable to DeAndre Ayton’s length and improving ability to pass that made this game a Bambi vs Godzilla level mismatch....
Dec 4, 2022
Game Thread: San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns

Game Thread: San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via The stumbling Spurs face Phoenix for an early Sun-day fracas Welcome to the Game Thread. Veterans of the Game Thread know how we do things around here, but for all you newbies we have a few rules. Our community guidelines apply and basically say be cool, no personal attacks, don’t troll and don’t swear too much. The Spurs loss streak is in double digits, with no end in sight. Today, they face the Phoenix Suns, on Sun-day afternoon. Is that a bad omen? This year, there are no other kinds of omens for the struggling Spurs, who are...
Dec 4, 2022
Open Thread: Spurs The Ring of The Rowel episode 5

Open Thread: Spurs The Ring of The Rowel episode 5

Set Number: X42503 “Roaming the Sidelines” For most fans of the San Antonio Spurs, there is one head coach - Gregg Popovich. But before Coach Pop, there were many personalities, styles, and lasting legacies of various Spurs’ head coaches. During the 50th anniversary, the Spurs docuseries The Ring of the Rowel explores different aspects of the Spurs storied history. “Roaming the Sidelines” introduces young fans to Bob Bass, Doug Moe, John Lucas, Stan Albeck, Larry Brown, John Lucas and other coaches. For those of us who lived those years with the Spurs, the...
Dec 4, 2022
Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports The Spurs welcome the West-leading Phoenix Suns to town In spite of a bit of off-season drama and a rash of injuries to some key players to start the season, the Phoenix Suns once again find themselves in first place in the Western Conference. Phoenix finished last season with a league-best 64-18 record behind a top five offense and defense, only to bow out to the Western Conference runner-up Dallas Mavericks in a second round upset that concluded with the Suns being blown out in Game 7 on their home floor. Combined with their loss in the...
Dec 3, 2022
A look at Devin Vassell’s improvement as a Pick-and-Roll scorer

A look at Devin Vassell’s improvement as a Pick-and-Roll scorer

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports Vassell is one of the most efficient scorers in the league. The purpose on the court this season is player development, and one of the best development stories is the increased performance of Devin Vassell. By clearing out the backcourt, via the trading of Derrick White and Dejounte Murray (and the letting go of Lonnie Walker), the Spurs sent a clear signal they were ready to emphasize the development of Keldon Johnson and Vassell. The purpose of this article is to focus on the latter because there’s something significant happening here....
Dec 3, 2022
The bright moments of the Spurs loss to the Pelicans

The bright moments of the Spurs loss to the Pelicans

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports A lot of eggs are being broken to make the omelet the Spurs eventually need. The Spurs ran out of gas in the second half after ending the first half with a lead against the Pelicans. Devin Vassell had 25 points on volume shooting at 9-23 and 5-12 from downtown while Keldon Johnson also poured in 15 points. The Silver and Black put the “p” in process as they hoped to break their current losing streak, but alas the good guys could not hold up against the talented Pelicans. Devin Vassell was once again the leading scorer, and part of that...