Spurs news and notes: Fan night, division champs, and more

• The San Antonio Spurs will host Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday April 9 when the Spurs host the Utah Jazz:

Fans can look forward to fun prizes including; H-E-B gift cards, Cowboys tickets courtesy of AT&T, Express Lube coupons, Academy Sports + Outdoors gift cards, Sea World passes, Planet Fitness free memberships, Taco Cabana coupons and much more.

Tickets are available starting at $10 for Fan Appreciation Night and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster Ticket Center locations, charge by phone at (210) 225-TEAM, online at spurs.com or ticketmaster.com or at the AT&T Center Southeast Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and starting at 10 a.m. on weekend event days. (spurs.com)

• With the Portland Trail Blazers recent win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Spurs locked up the Southwest Division and are officially the Southwest Division Champs!

• Former Spurs player Antonio Daniels got the call-up from the D-League’s Texas Legends to the Philadelphia 76ers to fill-in for the injured Lou Williams:

Sixers head coach Doug Collins said Monday that Daniels, the 36-year-old veteran point guard, will officially join the Sixers on a 10-day contract Tuesday morning in Boston, where the Sixers will face the Celtics later in the day at TD Garden. (csnphilly.com)

• Fox Sports Ohio says Tim Duncan and Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal still matter:

The Spurs and Celtics also know the postseason is a slow-it-down, grind-it-out and physical brand of basketball. And both teams possess rosters in line with that philosophy.

Duncan and O’Neal are still the anchors to that approach. Even now, and even though they aren’t as forceful as they once were, the two most dominant big men of the past decade really matter again.

• Austin Toros’ Lance Thomas spoke on the seizure he suffered during a regular season game against the Idaho Stampede:

“I feel fine,” Thomas said. “The hit I took was pretty bad at the moment with what happened, but I feel fine now. I have to wait a little bit until I have clearance from the doctors. From the standpoint of day-to-day from when it happened, I feel fine.” (TorosNation.com)

• RedsArmy.com spies on the Spurs as the playoffs approach.

• Express News’ Tim Griffin says tomorrow’s Spurs-Atlanta Hawks game will do a good one to watch this week.

• Playmakeronline.com talks about the Spurs blowing leads late.

• Former Spur Bruce Bowen’s spa in San Antonio, Yardley’s, recently closed for business but one of their clients is pretty upset after not being able to use a gift certificate to the spa:

“My daughter and I, every time we went we had a great experience. We really liked it. I mean, they really pampered you,” said Yardley’s customer, Karla Baker.

She said she was looking forward to her visit this year, after getting a $170 gift card from her husband for her birthday in November.

“I figure (that because) Bruce Bowen (is a) multi-millionaire, you know, he should make the $170 good without us having to chase him down,” Baker said.If the owners choose not to issue a refund, the Bakers may have little recourse.According to the secretary of state’s office, unlike with health spas, salon spas are not required to be bonded or insured through the state. (ksat.com)

• A small scoreboard company got a huge break courtesy of the Spurs:

OES designs and builds electronic control systems, including scoreboards. The company has done scoreboards for seven NHL teams, eight NBA teams and three NFL teams, as well as the John Labatt Centre.

Hogendoorn says many of the early orders were for high schools and small arenas, but in 2002 OES received a call from the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, the first break into the big leagues. (ifpress.com)

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