9:55 AM EDT, Fri March 22, 2019
1 hour ago
The Spurs’ new starting lineup is struggling to score

The Spurs’ new starting lineup is struggling to score

San Antonio is hoping their stars are good enough to carry an offensively-challenged stating unit. The Spurs have made a late season tweak to their starting lineup, bringing Rudy Gay off the bench in favor of Jakob Poeltl. They will surely adjust when the matchups dictate that it’s a good idea to do so, but they seem comfortable playing two bigs together to start games going forward. In just 10 games, the adjustment has had visible repercussions on team defense, which we have already explored. Yet it also has significant ramifications on offense that are arguably as important and will...
2 hours ago
Open Thread: Patty Mills has cracked the Top 10 list of games played in Spurs franchise history

Open Thread: Patty Mills has cracked the Top 10 list of games played in Spurs franchise history

The longest tenured Spurs player hits his 521st game with the San Antonio Spurs. On Wednesday night, Patty Mills played his 521st game in a San Antonio Spurs uniform. While 521 is not your typical landmark number, it has one significant meaning. With his 521st game as a member of the Spurs tonight, @Patty_Mills has moved into the top 10 for games played in franchise history.@Budweiser | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/rOQpszyXT1— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 21, 2019 Before last night, the 10th spot in games played in the Spurs franchise was held by Danny Green, a fan favorite who was...
6 hours ago
Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets

The Spurs enter the final 10 games of the season with a match-up against their Texas rivals in Houston. If the regular season were to end today, the Spurs and Rockets would be matching up in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Luckily, that’s not the case, and we have 10 games left for the Spurs to fight for better playoff positioning and a chance to continue to work on the habits that allowed them to peel off 9 straight wins before coming out and staying flat for much of Wednesday’s loss to the Miami Heat. In some ways, Wednesday’s loss felt similar to the Spurs’ last game...
8 hours ago
Spurs Watch: How to go from the 8th seed to the 5th without playing a game

Spurs Watch: How to go from the 8th seed to the 5th without playing a game

A Jazz loss in Atlanta has created a four-way tie for 5th in the West. The Oklahoma City Thunder may have found a way to stop their free fall down the Western Conference standings. Don’t play. I’m serious. The Thunder started Thursday 8th in the West. One Utah Jazz loss later and they now find themselves 5th, leapfrogging the San Antonio Spurs in the process. If you’re wondering how this is possible given the fact that the Spurs own the tiebreaker against the Thunder, let me explain. Flashing back to the previous Spurs Watch article, I mentioned that when more than two teams are...
15 hours ago
The Spurs’ loss to the Heat is nothing to worry about

The Spurs’ loss to the Heat is nothing to worry about

Despite the loss, the Spurs showed an ability to bounce back and adjust. The Heat snapped the Spurs’ 9 game winning streak on Wednesday night thanks to aggressive, physical defense and some very hot shooting. For their part, the Spurs were a game opponent, fighting back from an 18 point deficit to make it a one-possession game with just over two minutes left. It was clear right from the jump that the Spurs’ offense was in for a battle. Miami’s defense held the Spurs’ starters + Rudy Gay to just 8 points in the first 8 minutes on 4/18 shooting. It’s tempting to say those were just...
20 hours ago
Patty Mills has become the Spurs’ spiritual leader

Patty Mills has become the Spurs’ spiritual leader

Patty Mills brings plenty of intangibles to the Spurs, and not just on the court. When we watch the game of basketball or look at stats, we would like to think that we are getting the entire picture of a player’s value to the team. Thoughts such as, “Can he shoot the 3?” and, “Man, this guy can’t defend a lick,” are constantly flowing through our heads while we watch a game, focusing on different players throughout the course of 48 minutes. We even look at how guys react when a teammate falls down, how they cheer their teammates on from the bench, and even how they react when...
21 hours ago
What we learned from the Spurs loss to the Heat

What we learned from the Spurs loss to the Heat

The Spurs finally lost a game, are we ready to panic again? It couldn’t go on forever. As much as I was prepared for the Spurs to ride a 20 game win streak into the playoffs, a loss was bound to happen somewhere in here. It’s okay, I think. I’m sure that, like me, you all spent the last few days reading various national media stories checking back in and asking, “The Spurs: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things?? Let’s Find Out!” and it was sort of easy to get a bit swept up in our own hype again. The last time the rest of the basketball world checked in on the New Age Spurs...
23 hours ago
Spurs Watch: San Antonio is in good position for any likely three-way tie

Spurs Watch: San Antonio is in good position for any likely three-way tie

The bottom-half of the Western Conference playoff picture is only separated by half a game. As the regular season winds down, the playoff picture becomes ever murkier. After Wednesday’s games, only a half game separates the Utah Jazz at 5th in the West from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 8th. That’s half a bracket sandwiched together into nothing more substantial than the quirk of who has played played 71 games so far, and who has played 72. I’ve been spending most of my time talking about two-team tiebreakers, but with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, and Oklahoma City...
Mar 21, 2019
Open Thread: Bid on Manu gear in benefit auction

Open Thread: Bid on Manu gear in benefit auction

Silver & Black Give Back have some Ginobili memorabilia you can bid on Information celebrating Manu Ginobili’s jersey retirement is still rolling in. An auction was announced via a Spurs press release yesterday: Spurs fans will have the chance to bid for a good cause on an autographed Manu Ginobili Jersey, a signed basketball from the 2013-14 Season, signed Christmas Edition Manu Ginobili shoes, a signed Ginobili jersey from the 2017-18 season, a signed Argentina replica jersey, a Ginobili-signed basketball from the 2013-14 season, an autographed Ginobili photo from the 2004 Olympics and...
Mar 21, 2019
Spurs’ streak snapped at the hands of the Heat

Spurs’ streak snapped at the hands of the Heat

A late rally wasn’t enough to make up for a slow start and a Heat zone defense that San Antonio struggled to crack for most of the night. The past and present bleed into one in the Late Popovich Era. From the Jumbotron shots of a smiling and waving David Robinson, his 7-foot-frame neatly folded into his usual 2nd row seat, to the revolving door of proteges-turned-head coaches that return to the AT&T Center and the impossibly high bar this team is held against, it’s vividly clear how much basketball the Spurs coach can peel back at any moment. That is, until you, very smart blogger,...
Mar 20, 2019
Miami at San Antonio, Final Score: Heat end Spurs’ winning streak 110-105

Miami at San Antonio, Final Score: Heat end Spurs’ winning streak 110-105

In Dwyane Wade’s San Antonio finale, Miami guts out a tough victory. The San Antonio Spurs were overcome by the Miami Heat’s strong defensive start and hot shooting - losing 110-105. Three Spur players (LaMarcus Aldridge, Patty Mills, and Marco Belinelli) had 17 points, but the Heat rode 16 of 35 shooting from 3 and a yeoman’s effort by their bench players to hold off a late San Antonio rally. The Heat improved their all-time regular season record in the Alamo City to 4-27. Random Observations San Antonio started ice cold due to Miami opening in a 2-3 zone to combat the Spurs’...
Mar 20, 2019
Spurs vs. Heat Game Thread

Spurs vs. Heat Game Thread

The Spurs attempt to extend their winning streak to double digits against the resurgent Heat 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 have been pretty fun to watch lately, but they still have a lot of work to do to secure a good playoff spot. The Heat have been playing well lately, and tonight’s game will be another test to see if the...
Mar 20, 2019
The Spurs are the starfish of the NBA

The Spurs are the starfish of the NBA

A rare, yet highly appropriate anthropomorphic characterization of our team. Fresh on the heels of the Spurs’ nine game winning streak heading into tonight’s game against the Miami Heat, Haley O’Shaughnessey of The Ringer re-hashed yet again the annual theme of “the Spurs are still around?” while assigning the surprising term “contender” to the team’s recovery effort post-Rodeo Road Trip. O’Shaughnessy provides us a worthwhile read, presenting fair assessments and reasons to believe (they’re the Spurs) or not believe (but not on the road) in their chances during the...
Mar 20, 2019
The Spurs’ improvement feels legitimate this time

The Spurs’ improvement feels legitimate this time

The PtR staff gives props to Jakob Poeltl, tries to determine if this time the Spurs’ improvement is for real and shares some thoughts on the NCAA Tournament in this week’s round table. It’s been a dream week for the Spurs. They not only extended their winning streak to nine, but did so while beating the Trail Blazers and the Warriors, two of the conference’s best teams. Gregg Popovich’s tweaks are paying off, as the team is looking better than it has all season. In our weekly round table, In The Bonus, PtR contributors Marilyn Dubinski, Mark Barrington, Bruno Passos and Jesus...
Mar 20, 2019
A single shot highlights DeMar DeRozan’s value to the Spurs

A single shot highlights DeMar DeRozan’s value to the Spurs

DeMar DeRozan has evolved into team-first star and is ready to prove his nay-sayers wrong. It’s late in the fourth quarter, and the Spurs are clinging to a 109-105 lead over the Golden State Warriors. Late in a clock-burning possession, with 1:29 left on the game clock on 8 seconds left on the shot clock, DeMar DeRozan has the ball in his preferred spot in the left block. The defender, in this case Klay Thompson, is draped all over him. He rotates to face the basket, takes a dribble, pump fakes, but there’s still no room to operate, and the clock is winding down. He maintains his...