• The San Antonio Spurs are officially on the annual Rodeo Road Trip and after the game against the Portland Trail Blazers, they will square off against their Western Conference rival Los Angeles Lakers who might be without the services of Andrew Bynum:
The Lakers, losers of four of their last seven games including their last two in a row at home, will be without starting center Andrew Bynum on Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets.
Bynum underwent an MRI on Tuesday morning that revealed a bone bruise on his left knee.
A timetable for Bynum’s return is uncertain. The Lakers’ next game is Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs, who they trail by 7.5 games for first place in the Western Conference.
“It’s going to be a day-to-day thing,” Jackson said. “Bone bruises are a little bit difficult to just say when guys are going to come back.” (source espn.com)
• Charlie Rosen gives the Spurs 1:1 odds at winning the title:
San Antonio Spurs 1:1 — The only team whose discipline at both ends can compare to Boston’s. In the past, San Antonio’s postseason success was hugely dependent upon the accuracy of their outside shooting. But Richard Jefferson has found his niche and his jumper, plus the bull’s-eye shooting of undrafted rookie Gary Neal has been a significant factor off the bench. The clutch play of San Antonio’s old reliables — Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and (to a lesser extent) Tony Parker — should not be underestimated. Nor should Gregg Popovich’s strategy of limiting his starters’ minutes until the minutes really count.
• The Spurs say their goodbyes as the head on the Rodeo Road Trip:
• Spurs’ DeJuan Blair is stepping up in his second year according to USA Today:
San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair (7.7 points, 6.9 rebounds per game), a second-round find last season, and Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (14.2 points, 6.6 assists per game) lead second-year players with nine double-doubles.
• Former Spurs’ player Malik Hairston seems to be doing just fine playing overseas:
Malik Hairston: Wing who has seen some action with the San Antonio Spurs is playing for Montepaschi in the Italian League, and Montepaschi Siena in the EuroLeague. In six games in the Italian League, all wins, Hairston is averaging 8.2 points and 16 minutes. (source registerguard.com)
• Reigning Black discusses the reaction to the Spurs dominance this season.
• Pounding the Rocks talks about the final stand of Tim Duncan.
• Express News’ Tim Griffin discusses the Spurs sitting atop most NBA Power Rankings.
• One lucky Spurs fan won a brand new car at the last home game against the Houston Rockets: