4:43 AM EST, Sat January 29, 2022
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Spurs beat Bulls in a highly entertaining contest

Spurs beat Bulls in a highly entertaining contest

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports DeMar DeRozan returned to the AT&T Center but it was his old team that captured the spoils. In a game where offense was on full display the San Antonio Spurs beat the championship contending Chicago Bulls; 131-122. The Spurs lost the first quarter but from then on out they won each of the last three on route to their 19th victory of the season. The game had a fast pace throughout and this was obvious early on when looking at the first quarter score. The Spurs went to Jakob Poeltl on their first two possessions of the game, taking...
5 hours ago
San Antonio vs. Chicago, Final Score: Spurs overrun the Bulls with strong third quarter, win 131-122

San Antonio vs. Chicago, Final Score: Spurs overrun the Bulls with strong third quarter, win 131-122

Despite a rare cold start, Dejounte Murray snatched control of the game with his all-around brilliance to strengthen his case for the Western Conference all-star roster | Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports Dejounte Murray further cemented his All-Star candidacy with a near triple-double In DeMar DeRozan’s much-anticipated return to the Alamo City, he provided the fans frequent reminders of his considerable contributions, while receiving his flowers, but it was a balanced effort from the Spurs that overwhelmed the Bulls late in the third quarter. Chicago and San Antonio...
8 hours ago
Game Thread: San Antonio Spurs vs Chicago Bulls

Game Thread: San Antonio Spurs vs Chicago Bulls

Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via The Spurs hope to celebrate Pop’s birthday with a win over DeMar DeRozan and the Bulls 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. Tonight beings together the confluence of several important events, it’s Coach Gregg Popovich’s 73rd birthday, the first return of DeMar DeRozan to the AT&T Center as a Bull, and probably most...
12 hours ago
Game 6 may have a challenger for most devastating playoff loss ever

Game 6 may have a challenger for most devastating playoff loss ever

The Ray Allen Game vs. the Thirteen Seconds Game — Which hurt more? I have a good friend who grew up in Buffalo, New York. Ricardo has always been a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills, which is why I reached out to him after the Bills’ incredible loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. Another reason I did so was I had a pretty good idea how Ricardo was feeling — I had been in his shoes eight years earlier. After the Ray Allen Game in the 2013 NBA Finals, I was devastated. In my pre-Pounding the Rock blog, I wrote: “Took a walk last night, looked at the stars,...
15 hours ago
Former Spurs are thriving elsewhere, and letting them go was the right call

Former Spurs are thriving elsewhere, and letting them go was the right call

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports The Spurs would have probably been better this season if they had kept some of their veterans, but it wouldn’t have been a smart decision for the future. Have you been keeping up with former Spurs DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills. Rudy Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge this season? Marilyn Dubinski: Not really. I know all their teams are doing very well, but I haven’t been individually stat-watching them on a nightly basis. That being said, it’s been impossible not to see DeRozan plastered all over the news with the Bulls near the top of the East,...
20 hours ago
The Spurs are slumping as they prepare for the DeMar DeRozan homecoming

The Spurs are slumping as they prepare for the DeMar DeRozan homecoming

Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Noah Magaro-George and Damien Bartonek discuss San Antonio’s struggles, the latest trade rumblings, and the return of DeMar DeRozan. The San Antonio Spurs faced a plethora of superstars as they played host to Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, and James Harden over their last four contests. And they will welcome yet another All-Star to the AT&T Center this Friday as DeMar DeRozan finally makes his long-awaited return to the 2-1-0 for the first time since joining the Chicago Bulls this summer. A lot has transpired since PATFO parted ways with...
21 hours ago
Open Thread: Happy birthday, Pop

Open Thread: Happy birthday, Pop

Photos by Chris Elise/NBAE via The great one turns 73 today He may be older than the two oldest Spurs combined (Thaddeus Young and Doug McDermott). He may be older than the three youngest members of the Silver & Black (Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, and Josh Primo — all born this millennia), but the breadth of basketball knowledge contained in Gregg Popovich’s pinky finger far surpasses any ten players currently in the NBA. A list of accolades seems redundant for anyone who reads Pounding the Rock with regularity. You can love him or hate him. Whether you agree with...
Jan 28, 2022
Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports DeMar DeRozan makes his first trip back to San Antonio after being traded to the Bulls last summer The Spurs’ have certainly had had their media team hard at work this past week! Exactly one week after welcoming back LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills to the AT&T Center with their new team, the Brooklyn Nets, the Spurs have an opportunity to see another old friend, DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan, as you know, was traded to the team from the Toronto Raptors during Summer 2018 and played a part in navigating the franchise through the immediate years...
Jan 27, 2022
The Missing Shot From the Spurs Playbook

The Missing Shot From the Spurs Playbook

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports There’s one play the Spurs have trouble both running and defending. How can they address it? Over the years, the Spurs have changed up their offensive playbook to adjust to their personnel. From the post-up heavy days of Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge, to the pick-and-roll centric style with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, and the mid-range assault of DeMar DeRozan and Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs have used a variety of styles in order to get the ball in the basket. However, there’s one play that’s never really been a part of their...
Jan 27, 2022
The terrifying ordeal of Aron Baynes

The terrifying ordeal of Aron Baynes

Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via A mysterious injury at the Tokyo Olympics left the Big Banger alone, in pain, and fearing he would never walk again. Some Spurs fans may have noticed the conspicuous absence this season of a former player and fan favorite from their championship days. Aussie big man Aron Baynes, who was supposed to be entering the second year of a $14 million contract with the Toronto Raptors, was waived back in August. It seemed like an odd move, and the only explanation given at the time was he was dealing with a back issue. However, perhaps no one...
Jan 27, 2022
Devin Vassell dazzles as the Spurs fall to the Grizzlies

Devin Vassell dazzles as the Spurs fall to the Grizzlies

Photos by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via San Antonio’s second-year swingman explodes for another strong performance off the bench. The San Antonio Spurs fell behind early but never stopped battling to get back into the game as they erased a 15-point lead and gave the Memphis Grizzlies a run for their money down the stretch. Unfortunately, Ja Morant was too much for the good guys to handle, and the burgeoning superstar detonated for 41 points and eight assists. Devin Vassell led the charge for the Silver and Black, scoring a team-high 20 points off the bench with a variety...
Jan 27, 2022
Open Thread: Spurs to hire 200 for AT&T Center and Toyota Field

Open Thread: Spurs to hire 200 for AT&T Center and Toyota Field

Photos by Noah Graham/NBAE via Today’s enhanced job fair experience to include on-the-spot offers and giveaways Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) is searching for 200 new part-time employees for both AT&T Center and Toyota Field. Additionally, they are staffing the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo which takes place at the AT&T Center while the Spurs on htie annual Rodeo Road Trip. The job fair takes place at the AT&T Center today, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Representatives from Aramark, Levy and LAZ Parking will also be onsite recruiting for catering, kitchen, concession,...
Jan 27, 2022
Spurs can’t overcome Morant’s 41 points in loss to Grizzlies

Spurs can’t overcome Morant’s 41 points in loss to Grizzlies

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports The Spurs never led at the end of any quarter on route to a 118-110 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies In a matchup NBA purest would have been waiting for, Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies outdueled Dejounte Murray’s San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies led for almost the whole game and the closet it got down the stretch was when the Spurs tied it up with a few minutes to play in the fourth quarter. But from that point on Memphis regained control and halted the Spurs comeback attempt for an eight-point victory. The Spurs started the game moving...
Jan 26, 2022
San Antonio vs. Memphis, Final Score: Grizzlies snuff out a Spurs comeback bid, 118-110

San Antonio vs. Memphis, Final Score: Grizzlies snuff out a Spurs comeback bid, 118-110

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports The Silver and Black can’t sustain their momentum from a massive blow out as they succumb to Ja Morant in a thrilling SEGABABA. The San Antonio Spurs dropped a thriller to third-place Memphis Grizzlies as they gave their division opponent a scare but fell a little short, 118-110. Though the good guys erased a 15-point deficit, there were no late-game heroics to help complete what would have been a fantastic comeback. Devin Vassell paced the Silver and Black with 20 points off the bench, and Dejounte Murray registered his tenth...
Jan 26, 2022
Game Thread: San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies

Game Thread: San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via After routing the Rockets last night, the Spurs face Ja Morant and the Grizzlies in the AT&T Center 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 routed the Rockets easily last night, as the Houston players concentrated on creating showy dunks and not playing defense, which is not a winning formula in the NBA. The Silver...