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Spurs at Kings Game Thread

Spurs are in California to face the resurgent Kings 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 Kings, led by dynamic second year player De’Aaron Fox, have a winning record going into tonight’s contest, but just barely at 7-6. The Spurs have some good news on the injury front, with both Jakob Poeltl and Rudy Gay listed as probable to return. The...

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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings

Spurs head out west for the first of three games on the road Following their 96-89 home win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, San Antonio makes the season’s second trip to California for their initial matchup against the much-improved Sacramento Kings on Monday night. The 7-6 Kings, who lost at home to the Lakers on Saturday night 101-86, have a winning record for the first time since October 29, 2016 when they were 2-1. San Antonio Spurs (7-4) @ Sacramento Kings (7-6) November 12, 2018| 9:00 PM CT Watch: FSSW | Listen: WOAI Spurs injuries: Dejounte Murray (knee), Lonnie...

The Dream Shake

Game thread: Rockets vs. Spurs

Will the Rockets bounce back against the Spurs? Houston Rockets (4-6) vs. San Antonio Spurs (6-4), Nov. 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m. CDT Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX TV: NBATV, AT&T Sports Southwest Radio: KBME 790 AM/KEYH 850 AM (Spanish)/KNTE 101.7 FM (Spanish)/Streaming on Rockets App Online: Rockets App Spurs SBNation Blog: Pounding the Rock The Houston Rockets look to bounce back from their abysmal offensive performance on Thursday with a contest against the San Antonio Spurs. If Eric Gordon returns from his hamstring injury, it will certainly help the offensive attack out. He’s...

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Goran Dragic hoping to return Saturday vs. Wizards

Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic is probable to return Saturday as they host the Washington Wizards at home. The speedy Slovenian playmaker sustained a right knee injury that sidelined him during the Heat’s recent win over the San Antonio Spurs. Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press tweeted out this piece of good news for […] The post Goran Dragic hoping to return Saturday vs. Wizards appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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San Antonio at Miami, Final Score: Spurs comeback falls short against Heat, 95-88

Welcome to the 2018 NBA season, Derrick White. America turned back the clock one hour last weekend, and the American Airlines Arena in Miami turned theirs off entirely. The game started a little late due to technical difficulties with the clock in the arena, and the Spurs couldn’t get in rhythm on either end until they made a run late in the fourth only to end up dropping a road game against the Heat. Roundup: Sliding in place of Rudy Gay, who was out with an injury, was Derrick White who looked quick and mostly comfortable on the court. Unfortunately the team overall did not look...

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Better days lie ahead

Derrick White returned and showed some flashes of what he brings to the table. On an otherwise rough offensive night, the Spurs can find some solace in the long-awaited return of a healthy point guard to the roster. Surprisingly, Derrick White got the start in his first game back from the heel injury that has kept him on the injured list since he first sat out the final preseason game against Orlando on October 12th. He ended up only playing 15 minutes, though, much more in line with expectations. Understandably, he looked a little hesitant and out of rhythm at times. Still, he flashed some...

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Derrick White is probable vs. Heat, Gay and Gasol are out

Both some good and bad news for the Spurs on the injury front. For the first time this season, there’s a positive change to the Spurs injury report. Per San Antonio Express News’ Tom Orsborn, guard Derrick White is listed as probable for tomorrow’s match-up with the Miami Heat. But of course, it’s not the Spurs if there isn’t some bad news mixed in as well: Pau Gasol (sore foot) and Rudy Gay (sore heel) are listed as out, and you can naturally add Dejounte Murray (torn ACL) and Lonnie Walker IV (torn meniscus) to that list as well. Derrick White is probable for Wednesday's...

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Derrick White listed as probable vs. Miami

According to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Spurs’ combo guard Derrick White is listed as probable in tonight’s road game against the Miami Heat. White suffered a heel injury before the regular season started. “Guard Derrick White could make his season debut against the Heat on Wednesday in Miami after the […] The post Derrick White listed as probable vs. Miami appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Center of the Sun: Suns break seven game losing streak and go 1-2 in Week 3

The Suns looked good in the last two games but can they continue to improve? Welcome to the weekly news roundup of your Phoenix Suns. Game Recaps vs San Antonio Spurs L (120-90) Full Recap vs Toronto Raptors L (107-98) Full Recap vs Memphis Grizzlies W (102-100) Full Recap Thankfully, Devin Booker has returned from the hamstring injury that sidelined him for three games. That had an immediate impact on the team play. Even though the Toronto game was a loss, it was much more competitive than many of the previous losses. And Sunday night the Suns broke their seven game losing streak with a...

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Spurs forward Rudy Gay is out vs. Magic with heel injury

San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay will be sidelined against the Orlando Magic due to a right heel soreness. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich confirmed the development ahead of the Magic’s visit to AT&T Center, per Michael Wright of ESPN. Rudy Gay has been initially listed as doubtful for the Sunday game as he battles […] The post Spurs forward Rudy Gay is out vs. Magic with heel injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Spurs vs. Pelicans Game Thread

Spurs return home and hope to extend their winning streak against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans 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 return to San Antonio to face the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis has missed some games with an elbow injury, but he should be back for tonight’s game. Julius Randle, acquired as a free agent in the...

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Gregg Popovich plans to make Dejounte Murray ‘like a coach’

Gregg Popovich was hopeful that San Antonio Spurs’ new starting point guard Dejounte Murray could start the 2018-19 NBA strong. Unfortunately, Murray tore his ACL and will be forced to miss the entire season. Despite the disappointing injury, Popovich has a plan to help improve Murray in a big way. In an interview with MySanAntonio.com, […] The post Gregg Popovich plans to make Dejounte Murray ‘like a coach’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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On whether the Spurs keep up their fast start

Seems like some don’t think they can. Looking at the Spurs’ schedule so far, seeing them at a 5-2 record despite all the injuries shouldn’t be the most surprising happening in the league. Their only two losses came against currently playoff-bound teams in the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers (yes, we are looking at the seeding this early), while their five wins came against West teams that are currently on the outside looking in. The more surprising trends in this very early NBA season are teams like the Houston Rockets (1-5), Oklahoma City Thunder (3-4), and even Los...

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Throwback to Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose’s career night for Bulls in 2011

Before the knee injuries took a toll on his body, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose was the most explosive point guard in NBA history. No one could stay in front of him, both in the half court and full court, and the San Antonio Spurs learned that the hard way during Rose’s MVP season with […] The post Throwback to Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose’s career night for Bulls in 2011 appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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The State of the Spurs at the close of October

For Halloween, up is down, left is right, and the Spurs are the worst defensive team in the NBA It’s All Hallows’ Eve and the Spurs have done some tricking and treating of their own. There isn’t a Spurs fan — living or undead — who wouldn’t keep this year’s DeMar DeRozan over last year’s Kawhi Leonard. But with 3 significant injuries to the Spurs line-up, no one could have predicted the viability of Bryn Forbes as a starter and the Spurs ability to turn a 30th ranked defense into a winning team. The Spurs upset the new-look Lakers twice in the last week, hopefully erasing a...

Bright Side Of The Sun

Preview: Surging Spurs square off against sliding Suns

Over the past week, San Antonio and Phoenix have gone in different directions. Will that trend continue? What: Phoenix Suns host the San Antonio Spurs When: 7:30 PM PT Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena Watch: ESPN Listen: 98.7 FM Probable starters: Spurs - Bryn Forbes, DeMar DeRozan, Dante Cunningham, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge Suns - Elie Okobo, Josh Jackson, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, Deandre Ayton Injury report - Devin Booker (hamstring - out), Josh Jackson (toe - probable), Isaiah Canaan (ankle - out); Dejounte Murray (knee - out), Derrick White (knee - out), Lonnie Walker IV (knee...

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Suns’ Devin Booker still doubtful to play vs. Spurs

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in last week’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers and likely won’t play in Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said after practice that Devin Booker (hamstring) is doubtful to play tomorrow vs. San Antonio and that […] The post Suns’ Devin Booker still doubtful to play vs. Spurs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Raptors thinking long-term in resting Kawhi Leonard during a back-to-back

Toronto Raptors small forward Kawhi Leonard only played in nine games last season with the San Antonio Spurs due to a lingering quadriceps injury, so the Raptors want to be cautious with the All-Star swingman and are thinking about the big picture. So far in this young season, Leonard has played in five games and […] The post Raptors thinking long-term in resting Kawhi Leonard during a back-to-back appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks

The good guys host their in-state rivals to the north, who are missing a familiar Euro big man and starting an unfamiliar one. The Spurs host the new-look Mavericks tonight. Dallas is on the second game of a back to back after losing to Utah at home yesterday, while San Antonio is in the last game of a 3-game home-stand. October 29th, 2018 | 7:30 PM CTWatch: FSSW | Listen: WOAISpurs (3-2) vs. Mavericks (2-4) Spurs Injuries: Dejounte Murray (knee), Lonnie Walker IV (knee), Derrick White (heel)Mavericks Injuries: Dirk Nowitzki (ankle), Devin Harris (hamstring) Changing of the Guard With...

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If the Cavaliers blow it up, the Spurs should be ready to pounce

Whenever Cleveland is ready to have a fire sale, the Spurs should make some calls. The vultures are surely starting to circle Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers fired head coach Tyrone Lue on Sunday after an 0-6 start. Kevin Love could be out for a month with a foot injury. Cleveland’s playoff chances are not looking good right now, which might mean a fire sale is coming. The Cavaliers have a high payroll and a roster filled with veterans left over from the LeBron James era. If the franchise is ready to start rebuilding in earnest, it makes no sense to keep them around. For teams like...

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Spurs vs. Lakers Game Thread

It’s a rematch of Monday’s classic 143-142 shootout in LA, this time on the Spurs’ home court. 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 face the Lakers for the second time in less than a week, with a blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers sandwiched in between. The Spurs are still missing a trio of guards with injuries (Derrick White,...

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Spurs ride mid-rangers and defense to victory over Lakers

The Spurs showed shades of who they might become in downing LeBron James and the Lakers for the second time in a week, 110-106. In a league where 3 and D reign, it’s poetic that the countercultural Spurs have scraped by without either early on. Their first five games have been characterized by jarring defensive struggles and an eschewing of the three ball, as they cope with the void left behind from trading away Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, saying goodbye to Kyle Anderson in free agency and losing Dejounte Murray to injury. Gregg Popovich’s group is adjusting by slowing contests...

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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers

It’s rematch time, as LeBron and the Lakers come to the Alamo City. In a rematch of Monday’s marathon nail-biter, the Spurs face off against Lebron James and the Lakers again tonight. The spectacle of King James in the purple and gold is coming to San Antonio this time, with the Spurs sitting at an even 2-2, and the Lakers at 2-3 and looking to build on their 2 game winning streak. October 27th, 2018 | 7:30 PM CT Watch: KENS | Listen:  710 AM ESPN / 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES Spurs (2-2) vs. Lakers (2-3) Spurs Injuries: Dejounte Murray (knee), Lonnie Walker IV (knee), Derrick...

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Lakers Rumors: Lonzo Ball To Remain In Starting Lineup Vs. Spurs When Rajon Rondo Returns From 3-Game Suspension

To begin the 2018-19 NBA season, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton started Rajon Rondo over Lonzo Ball, who was recovering from offseason knee surgery. Want to get your content COMPLETELY AD FREE? Follow us on Apple News! However, just two games into the season against the Houston Rockets, Rondo had an altercation with

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Spurs win a thriller vs the Lakers in overtime, with both teams trading metaphorical punches

The Spurs win their first road game since defeating LeBron in Cleveland back on February 25th, but it was worth the wait. Both the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers entered tonight’s game short-handed. While the Spurs have battled the injury bug early in the season, the Lakers battled other teams. Literally. Both Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo were suspended for multiple games after throwing punches at Houston players toward the end of their Sunday game versus the Rockets. The Spurs’ road woes are well-documented by now. Apparently LeBron James is the cure, as the Spurs hadn’t...

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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers

Spurs still seeking their first road win. The Spurs continue their first road trip of the season with a stop in Tinsel Town to take on the Showtime Lakers Version 2.0. Saturday night the Silver & Black saw their hopes for a road win squashed by the Portland Trail Blazers. Tonight’s match up may offer a little solace. San Antonio Spurs (1-1) at Los Angeles Lakers (0-2) October 22, 2018 | 9:30 PM CT Watch: FSSW, NBATV | Listen: 1200 AM Spurs injuries: Dejounte Murray (knee), Lonnie Walker IV (knee), Derrick White (heel). Lakers injuries suspensions: Brandon Ingram (4 games), Rajon Rondo (3...

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DeMar DeRozan’s playmaking is keeping the Spurs offense afloat

With San Antonio short handed from a troika of preseason injuries, DeRozan’s assists are making the game easy for his teammates. Saturday’s game against the Trailblazers didn’t go well, but amid the defensive breakdowns and offensive struggles, Demar DeRozan provided some highlight reel passing to keep the team afloat. Not much good for the @Spurs to take out of yesterday's loss, but DeMar DeRozan's vision and playmaking was on full display. #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/J7jBAxONQk— CharlieOCharles (@CharlieOCharles) October 21, 2018 His ability to compromise a defense, make the...

Blazer's Edge

Blazers Climb Power Rankings After Hot Start

After starting the season 2-0, Portland ranks among the top third of the NBA, according to various national publications. Coming off of last season’s disappointing playoff exit, the Portland Trail Blazers have gotten off to an excellent start in the 2018-19 NBA campaign. After defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in LeBron’s debut, as well as the injury depleted San Antonio Spurs, the national media has started to take notice. The Blazers are a nearly unanimous top 10 team in the power rankings of three prominent media outlets released Monday. ESPN has the Blazers ninth, and Marc J. Spears...