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What’s in a name? Kawhi By Any Other Would Dunk Just as Sweet

What’s in a name? In just three short years, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has carried many titles, which suits his versatility. He’s been called a role player, an x-factor, and the future face of the franchise, all of which he’s worn well. But on a night the basketball world contemplated what to dub […]

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Tim Duncan, Fundamental Force of Nature

For 16 years, Tim Duncan has been the rock the San Antonio Spurs have built their foundations upon. The landscape around the organization has changed drastically in that time, with longtime rivals falling into cycles of decay and rebirth while new landmarks emerge and whither. But Duncan and the Spurs have persisted, their consecutive 50-win […]

San Antonio Spurs 92, Dallas Mavericks 113: Spurs fumble Game 2

AT&T CENTER–On most nights, the San Antonio Spurs are a fine-tuned, highly sophisticated basketball machine. A whirling dervish of player movement built around a complex layer of basketball reads. In Game 2, that machine was brought to a grinding halt in the Spurs 92-113 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, evening the series at 1-1. Like […]

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Reflections on Gregg Popovich and the Coach of the Year Award

On Tuesday afternoon, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich accepted his third NBA Coach of the Year Award, said a few words, and likely, promptly tossed the trophy in an unlabeled box and went back to work. After all, the switch-heavy defensive schemes the Dallas Mavericks employed in Game 1 demand attention, and the […]

San Antonio Spurs 90, Dallas Mavericks 85: Tim Duncan’s been here before

AT&T CENTER–Now 17 years into Tim Duncan’s career, the formula is all too familiar. Duncan (27 points, seven rebounds) anchored a strong inside game, and a suffocating Spurs defense able to produce “stops on demand,” held an elite Dallas Mavericks offense to one irrelevant field goal over the last 7:45 to give the Spurs a […]

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Spurs redefine franchise player through Kawhi Leonard’s breakthrough season

Measuring success has become a tricky proposition for those tasked with evaluating the San Antonio Spurs. There is a distinct possibility this iteration of Gregg Popovich’s team is superior to the last, but odds of reaching the same heights—a mere seconds away from an NBA championship—are stacked against them, if only because the bar has […]

Portland Trail Blazers 109, San Antonio Spurs 100: LaMarcus Aldridge loves to play the Spurs

AT&T CENTER–Standing in front of reporters, having long already shed his usual coaching attire in favor of something more basketball casual–an opportunity made possible due to his ejection from the game in the third quarter–San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich calmly fielded questions from the media scrum. A late fourth quarter collapse on defense […]

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Trade Market: Looking through the Spurs assets

Moments after a heartbreaking loss in the NBA Finals, discussion quickly turned from the brilliant season the San Antonio Spurs had just submitted, to speculation on whether it was their last go round. Would Manu Ginobili play another season? Would Tiago Splitter be retained? A resounding no to either question would have freed up significant […]

The Case for Kawhi Leonard Over Carmelo Anthony

Through his first three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard has displayed a steep learning curve that has pushed the boundaries of his more limited role behind incumbent stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.    From unexpectedly showing up post lockout with a full-fledged NBA three-pointer, built from scratch over the […]

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Danny Green goes back in time to down Raptors

Coming off a record-setting binge shooting performance in the NBA Finals, the baseline of expectations for Danny Green may have been a little high for a notorious streak shooter the internet has lovingly labeled Icy Hot.  Stand toe-to-toe with Ray Allen, during a playoff run where Green also traded a few three-pointers with Stephen Curry, […]

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San Antonio Spurs 100, Indiana Pacers 111

AT&T CENTER–Calling Saturday night's matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers a possible NBA Finals preview would seem disappointing, given a shellacking the Spurs took at the hands of the Pacers that was far worse than the 100-111 final margin would indicate. Yet, tread carefully when trying to extrapolate information from a game […]

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San Antonio Spurs 102, Atlanta Hawks 100: Duncan drops Hawks, early season worries

http://youtube.com/watch?v=I26HaIvK-UY AT&T CENTER–Having worked alongside Gregg Popovich for 17 years as an assistant coach, spanning Tim Duncan's illustrious career, first year Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenzholzer helped instill most of what drives the Spurs system today. Loop sets, Hammer plays, and pin downs, all staples of the Spurs system that Budenholzer is trying to […]

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San Antonio Spurs 109, Orlando Magic 91: Tim Duncan emerges

There was a time when everything the San Antonio Spurs did was based on the nightly contributions of Tim Duncan, and a brief moment when those entire foundations nearly came crumbling down on a free agent trip to Orlando. A decade has passed since Duncan rejected a compelling free agency pitch from Orlando, and though […]

San Antonio Spurs 112, New Orleans Pelicans 93 The Foreign Legion of Doom

AT&T CENTER–Seated in front of his locker, quickly changing clothes before the horde of cameras make their way two seats over and invade his space for Manu Ginobili's customary post game media scrum, Boris Diaw hastily throws on a custom t-shirt with a cartoon likeness of himself. His physique, while far removed from the Charlotte […]

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