Spurs news and notes: Beasley questionable, Duncan walks on water, and more

• The San Antonio Spurs will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow but might face Minnesota sans Michael Beasley:

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley did not practice on Monday with an ankle injury and is questionable for the game against San Antonio on Tuesday.

Beasley was hurt on Sunday night against the Spurs in San Antonio. He rolled his ankle and was limited to 11 minutes while scoring just two points in the 94-91 loss.

The Timberwolves say Beasley will be evaluated again on Tuesday before the game.

Beasley leads the team in scoring at 21.9 points per game. (source usatoday.com)

• Spurs’ rookie Gary Neal has been having a sensational season and Draft Express did a retrospective on Neal. Here is an excerpt:

One of the more interesting rookies in this year’s class, Gary Neal has taken a roundabout route in getting to the NBA, last playing college ball in 2007 when he graduated from Towson. A player we covered in great depth in college, Europe and after his latest summer league stint, Neal has spent time in Turkey, Spain, and Italy with varying success before getting his first crack at NBA Summer League ball prior to this season, which he promptly turned into a three-year guaranteed deal with the Spurs. Thus far, Neal has been settling in quite well, and this in spite of his role changing dramatically from his time in college and Europe.

• Bloguin’s own Hoops Manifesto had its weekly NBA questions of the week and one of the questions revolved around which NBA division was the toughest. Here is what one of the panelist had to say about the Southwest Division:

“I have to go with the Southwest at the moment.  The Atlantic’s close – with Philly playing some inspired basketball of late… but a division where Memphis is your worst team?  With San Antonio, Dallas, New Orleans and Houston… Memphis is going to have a tough time of making the playoffs.  And they’re a good team!”

• Tim Duncan was named in the “Popular Athletes Who Walk on Water” list by the torontosun.com:

Who: Tim Duncan Success on the court: The captain of the San Antonio Spurs is a four-time NBA champion, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and has been awarded the NBA’s MVP award twice. Why he walks on water: Sporting News named Tim Duncan as one of the ‘good guys’ in sports for a reason. His foundation – the Tim Duncan Foundation, holds two major fundraisers a year – the Tim Duncan Bowling for Dollar$ Charity Bowl-A-Thon and the annual Slam Duncan Charity Golf Classic. Between 2001-02 his foundation raised more than $350,000 to help fight breast and prostate cancer. 

• Express News’ Tim Griffin talks about ugly wins and the Spurs.

• Do you play in an NBA Fantasy League? Is so, you might want to look at adding George Hill if he is available in your league:

George Hill, G, San Antonio Spurs: Hill has been effective this season in the old Manu Ginobili role as the first guard off the Spurs’ bench. While he hasn’t been quite as consistent as he was last season as a starter, Hill has put up solid lines as a reserve and actually had his first solid three-game stretch in November. His production from late December through January has been above his season averages and he’s shooting a fantasy-friendly 47 percent from the field this season. (source sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

• The Spurs have only 14 home games left in the season and the Spurs are offering a nice ticket package for fans to catch any remaining home game:

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that individual game tickets for the final 14 games of the 2010-11 regular season (February 23 – April 9) will go on sale this Friday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.

The month of March boasts exciting matchups including the Mar. 4 game vs. the Miami Heat, a Sunday, March 6 matinee against the Los Angeles Lakers and the March 31 game against the Boston Celtics at the AT&T Center. In April, the Spurs will wrap-up their 2010-11 regular season with three games against Phoenix (April 3), Sacramento (April 6) and Utah (April 9). (source spurs.com)

• If any Spurs fans were worried about the dispute between Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcasting Group and its impact on Spurs games on the CW, they can relax. Seems they will still be able to catch a couple of Spurs games but on another local channel:

No matter what, Time Warner Cable subscribers will be able to watch the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets battle on the court Sunday, but a potential blackout of the local CW affiliate still could impact seven other games down the road.

As Time Warner and Sinclair Broadcast Group continue their dispute over programming fees, the Spurs decided to move the game between the conference rivals to Kens 5. It originally was scheduled to air on the CW. (source Express News)

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