5:20 PM EST, Sun November 18, 2018
10 hours ago
Open Thread: Spurs may be closing in on a second two-way contract

Open Thread: Spurs may be closing in on a second two-way contract

Ben Moore has been waived by the Indiana Pacers According to Shams Charania, the San Antonio Spurs might have honed in on their remaining two-way contract: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The San Antonio Spurs are signing forward Ben Moore to a two-way NBA contract. Moore started this season with the Indiana Pacers.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 18, 2018 Former Indiana Pacers forward Ben Moore went undrafted in 2017 after playing for years for SMU. He spent last season with the Fort Wayne Mad ants, the G-League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers. While with the Mad...
14 hours ago
Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

After a three game losing streak on the road, the Spurs return home to try and reverse their fortune against the Warriors. Returning home from three straight losses on the road, the Spurs look to get back over .500 against the defending champs tonight. The team seemed to find itself a little in their last game against the Clippers, competing with much more focus and intensity, despite the game falling on the 2nd night of a back to back. They’ll need to bring every last bit of that energy right from the tip to steal a win against the 12-5 Warriors. November 18th, 2018 | 6:00 CT Watch:...
20 hours ago
The Spurs have a serious turnover problem

The Spurs have a serious turnover problem

You’d think having the league’s lowest turnover rate would be a good thing ... The Spurs are turning the ball over at a historically low rate so far this year. At just 10.7%, they’re on pace to become the 3rd team in history to finish with a turnover rate that low. And yet, the Spurs have a turnover problem. You see, not all turnovers are created equal. Live ball turnovers (steals) lead to points for the opponent at a far higher rate than dead ball turnovers (offensive fouls, out of bounds, etc). According to Inpredictable, from 2011 – 2015, possessions that began with a live ball...
21 hours ago
Giving up on Davis Bertans would be a big mistake

Giving up on Davis Bertans would be a big mistake

Bertans has always been on a short leash and is now out of the rotation, but he could help the Spurs if given a real chance. This was supposed to be Davis Bertans’ year. With some NBA experience under his belt, a new contract and the power forward position wide open, the Latvian sharpshooter was expected to have a big role. So far that hasn’t happened. Bertans is excelling at the skill that got him a spot in the NBA — outside shooting — yet he’s still a bit player. Dante Cunningham has clearly leapfrogged him in the rotation and you could argue that Gregg Popovich has Quincy...
Nov 17, 2018
Davis Bertans to miss Warriors game Sunday via NBA concussion protocol

Davis Bertans to miss Warriors game Sunday via NBA concussion protocol

Spurs will provide updates as they become available In an unexpected announcement, the San Antonio Spurs have entered Davis Bertans in the concussion protocol. The Spurs have announced Davis Bertans has entered the NBA concussion protocol.He’ll miss Sunday’s game against the Warriors.— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) November 17, 2018 The Latvian Laser will miss Sunday night’s homecoming against the Golden State Warriors. Further details will be released by the Spurs as they become available.
Nov 17, 2018
Meet the Spurs Lonnie Walker IV and contribute to a worthy cause

Meet the Spurs Lonnie Walker IV and contribute to a worthy cause

Head over to HEB at 281 and Evans this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. He may have not been able to suit up since the regular season started, but Lonnie Walker IV has embraced his new home in San Antonio. Lonnie Walker IV will be helping collect donations for the Food4SA food drive tomorrow at 1pm. Come out to the @HEB Plus! on 281 & Evans and say hi! pic.twitter.com/0roA6K1rQx— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 16, 2018 Already renowned for his community service in his hometown of Redding, PA, it should come as no surprise that young Walker, even when unavailable to play, is able to get...
Nov 16, 2018
Expect the Spurs’ November blues to continue

Expect the Spurs’ November blues to continue

San Antonio isn’t doing itself any favors in what is the toughest stretch of its season. When we looked at the 2018-19 Spurs schedule a few months back, a particular 10-game stretch in November immediately stood out. It wasn’t necessarily the competition, although it did include tilts against the Warriors, Pelicans, Pacers and Bucks, but more the extensive travel packed into a short span of time, and how the Spurs might balance the long view with the ever-present urgency to win now. To recap: beginning with Monday’s game in Sacramento, the Spurs are playing 10 games over 17 days. Two...
Nov 16, 2018
The Spurs are learning how to use Jakob Poeltl

The Spurs are learning how to use Jakob Poeltl

A couple of plays from Thursday night highlight the promise of the Austrian. Jakob Poeltl’s first month as a Spur has not been stellar. Having only appeared in 10 of their first 14 games, and averaging just 11.2 minutes per contest, he’s had little impact on the team’s performance. Unfortunately, the little he has had has been negative. He’s got the 3rd worst net rating differential on the team, and is -17 in his 112 minutes. He’s also shooting less than 40% from the restricted area, somehow, which ought to be impossible for a 7-footer. There are signs he’s coming along,...
Nov 16, 2018
What we learned from the Spurs loss to the Clippers

What we learned from the Spurs loss to the Clippers

The Spurs looked better but couldn’t get the win The final stretch of this game was maddening because, for a second there, it really seemed like the Spurs could pull it off. They fought their way back from 14 down in the 2nd quarter and 10 in the 4th. There were multiple times where it would’ve been easy for them to throw in the towel and move on, but they didn’t. It was honestly a pretty impressive display of fortitude and it put the team in a position where, with 27 seconds left, it was a one possession game and they had the ball. All the hard work had paid off and now it was time...
Nov 16, 2018
Spurs go winless on three game road trip; lose a close one to the Clippers

Spurs go winless on three game road trip; lose a close one to the Clippers

A strong effort on the offensive boards wasn’t enough to overcome another night of poor shooting. Oh how I miss the good ol’ days of two weeks ago when the San Antonio Spurs were last in the NBA in defense but had a record of 6-2. Since then, the Spurs defense has been arguably better - though I’m not buying what some of the statistics are selling - but the offense has somehow made me long for last year’s offense. As a result, the Spurs have lost five of their last six games and do not seem to have any semblance of an identity. The Spurs at least showed effort and fight in this one,...
Nov 16, 2018
Open Thread: DeMar DeRozan continues to shine

Open Thread: DeMar DeRozan continues to shine

Spurs have one bright spot in a trio of road losses. The Spurs may be on a losing streak, but their star player continues to define his role in San Antonio. DeMar DeRozan sets a tone of greatness that puts him with some of the top players: DeMar DeRozan now has 100 career games with 30+ points.DeRozan is now the 10th player with 100 since he was drafted in 2009: Durant, James, Harden, Westbrook, Anthony, Curry, Bryant, A. Davis, Lillard.— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) November 16, 2018 His obvious play of the game was the pirouette lay up against Danilo Gallinari . . . 360...
Nov 16, 2018
San Antonio at Los Angeles, Final Score: Spurs lose 111-116 in hard-fought match-up with the Clippers

San Antonio at Los Angeles, Final Score: Spurs lose 111-116 in hard-fought match-up with the Clippers

Spurs go 0-3 on three-game road trip. A scrappy game where both sides alternately scored easily and fell into scoring droughts ended with the Clippers sneaking away with a win off a costly turnover by the Spurs at the very end. Roundup: Unlike last night, the Spurs came out tonight with more bounce and kept up with the Clippers for most of the game. Certainly the Spurs’ recent struggles can be attributed to DeMar DeRozan’s and LaMarcus Aldridge’s recent shooting slumps. Fortunately DeRozan found a groove again as he was more aggressive on offense. Aldridge continued to struggle with...
Nov 16, 2018
360 reasons to be in awe of DeMar Derozan

360 reasons to be in awe of DeMar Derozan

The prettiest pirouette you ever will see is worth two points. During the third quarter of the Spurs’ Thursday night contest against the Los Angeles Clippers, DeMar DeRozan uncorked a spectacular 360 layup. See for yourself! There aren’t enough exclamation marks for this 360 by DeMar. pic.twitter.com/Y4WvzOZytz— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) November 16, 2018 Yikes, DmDr. How are you going to follow that up?
Nov 15, 2018
Game Thread: Spurs at Clippers

Game Thread: Spurs at Clippers

The reeling Spurs are in Los Angeles to face the surging Clippers 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. Welcome to the game thread. The Spurs are in Los Angeles to face the red-hot Clippers on the second night of a road back-to-back. After last night’s debacle in Phoenix, we don’t know what to expect tonight, but hopefully the return of Rudy Gay to the lineup will help to...
Nov 15, 2018
How to fix the Spurs’ broken postups

How to fix the Spurs’ broken postups

Passing out of the post: a DIY guide. The Spurs offense is struggling. They have a 102.4 offensive rating in November, which is 25th in the league for the month. There are all kinds of problems scoring that plague the team, from players still not knowing the plays to missing open shots. But there are some simple things the team could do to improve. One way is to improve the effectiveness of a play-type they probably shouldn’t be using as much as they are. I’ve talked before about when and how the Spurs could use postups, but they continue to feature it as a significant portion of their...