Spurs news and notes: Spurs on the loss of Duncan, Spurs give Mavs a wakeup call, and more

• With San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan out of action with an ankle injury, a few Spurs chime in on Duncan being out of action:

“Just his presence makes a difference on the floor,” McDyess said. “If he’s not out there, it seems like you lose confidence a little.”

“Tim Duncan’s a Hall of Famer, one of the best defensive big men who has played the game,” rookie guard Gary Neal said. “And, of course, you can always throw it into him and get a big bucket. So, yeah, we missed him.”

“Great teams are supposed to overcome that,” Ginobili said. “We should be able to forget about T.D. and just play a better game.” (hoopsworld.com)

• Dallas Mavericks’ Tyson Chandler says the Mavericks received a wakeup call in their recent loss to the Spurs:

Before a couple of nights ago we were going into a stretch where we had been playing some bad basketball defensively and it went right into the San Antonio game. Sometimes it takes a wakeup call like that so you can say okay we can’t win that way and we have to get back to the things that we saw in training camp and that’s the way that we’re going to win. Even though they hurt sometimes when you take a loss it’s actually better for the team.” (sportsradiointerviews.com)

• Express News’ Tim Griffin gives five takes on the recent loss to the Denver Nuggets:

The first game of the Without Tim Duncan Road Trip didn’t turn out quite like the Spurs wanted. The Spurs wilted under withering pressure from Denver’s running game as they dropped a 115-112 defeat Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center. The loss was an aberration from most of the season for the Spurs.

• Currently, the New Orleans Hornets are sitting at the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff race but with David West suffering a season-ending ACL injury, the Hornets could possibly fall to the eighth seed and face the Spurs in the first round:

West’s injury came as a huge blow for the Hornets, who held the seventh seed in the Western Conference entering Friday’s games. They were only one game ahead of No. 8 Memphis and three games ahead of the surging Houston Rockets with 10 games remaining. (wusa9.com)

Hit the jump to read about how you can win free tickets to the Spurs-Portland Trail Blazers game in San Antonio next week, a new episode of “Coach B,” a D-League player patterns his game after Ginobili, and more.

• RedsArmy.com is practically tapping the Spurs’ phone line, following them, and going undercover to keep an eye on San Antonio should these two teams meet in the NBA Finals.

• A brand new episode of Matt Bonner’s “Fundamentals with Coach B” series is out. See it at Spurs.com.

• Nate Linhart of the D-League’s Eris Bayhawks patterns his game after Spurs’ Manu Ginobili:

The twisting, grimacing drives and self-described “weird-looking shots” that help explain why Linhart has tried to pattern his game after that of San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, one of the NBA’s grittiest players. (goerie.com)

• HoopsManifesto.com gives their NBA “Big Three” rankings:

1 (1) Miami LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh 31.8
2 (2) Lakers Pau Gasol-Lamar Odom-Kobe Bryant 30.9
3 (3) New Orleans Chris Paul-David West-Emeka Okafor 27.0
4 (4) Boston Paul Pierce-Ray Allen-Kevin Garnett 26.9
5 (7) Chicago Derrick Rose-Luol Deng-Joakim Noah 25.1
6 (6) Oklahoma City Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook-Serge Ibaka 24.1
7 (10) Dallas Dirk Nowitzi-Tyson Chandler-Jason Kidd 23.8
8 (5) San Antonio Manu Ginobili-Tony Parker-Tim Duncan 23.7

• Here is how you can enter for a chance to score some free tickets to the upcoming Spurs-Portland Trail Blazers game on March 28 at the AT&T Center:

1. Follow @TiqFeed_Texas on Twitter.

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3. One person who tweets that out will win a free pair of tickets to the March 28 Spurs-Trail Blazers game.

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