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San Antonio Spurs 95, CSKA Moscow 93: Where Manu and Messina cross paths again

AT&T CENTER — Overseeing the formative years of Manu Ginobili's professional career in Italy, CSKA Moscow coach Ettore Messina recalls the Spurs sixth man as being one of his most energetic, passionate players during their time together with Virtus Bologna.  And if there were any questions about the Spurs' sixth man's resolve after briefly contemplating […]

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Through the lens: Duncan and Popovich

                If a picture truly is worth a thousand words, then the story of the relationship between the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich is perhaps best left in the hands of a skilled photographer than a veteran scribe. After all, Duncan and Popovich are men of few words when it comes to […]

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Game 7: Spurs vs. Heat has been summer’s greatest blockbuster

“What if a role player aspired to be something other than what society had intended? What if a role player aspired to something greater?” – Danny Ferry, former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Green came to the San Antonio Spurs a refugee from a dying franchise; one that had corrupted its own core, expediting its […]

San Antonio Spurs 114, Miami Heat 104: One. More. Win.

AT&T CENTER–In the two days off following one of the worst playoff performances of his career, all Manu Ginobili could hear were a series of dire questions. What was wrong with his game? Did he have anything left in the tank? Was it time to retire? Ginobili admitted some lackluster performances this season allowed some […]

Game 3: San Antonio Spurs 113, Miami Heat 77

AT&T CENTER — Once again in the friendly confines of the AT&T Center, San Antonio Spurs guards Danny Green and Gary Neal were right at home in their comfort zones. A thrice-cut journeyman and an undrafted frr agent, Green and Neal are fitting locker room neighbors. Together, they occupy the corner of the room closest […]

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Free from Hibbert’s shadow, the Heat unleashed

For six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Indiana Pacers made the Miami Heat—defending champions and winners of 27 consecutive victories in the regular season—appear oddly vulnerable, before the Heat reminded all of the advantages of having home court advantage and the game’s best player in Game 7.   Still, the manner in which […]

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The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t bluff, they were just flawed

True to their word, the Memphis Grizzlies don’t bluff. It’s an admirable, if limiting, quality. There’s something we find noble about a person that tears straight forward at an opponent, all hustle, heart, grit and grind. But the thing about not bluffing is that sometimes the cards just aren’t there to play straight up. What […]

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San Antonio Spurs 93, Memphis Grizzlies 89: Survival of the Fittest

AT&T CENTER — Whether looking at a series as a whole, or individual games, the objective in the  playoffs remains the same. Make a run, build a lead, and then protect that lead with everything you have. Through three quarters the San Antonio Spurs appeared to pick up where they left off in Game 1, […]

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Talking with the enemy: Joshua Red Coleman, 3 Shades of Blue

Between Games 1 and 2 I had a chance to catch up with Joshua Red Coleman from the fantastic Memphis Grizzlies Blog, 3 Shades of Blue for a little back and forth talk reflecting on Game 1 and expectations moving forward. Project Spurs: So, Game 1 seemed to be full of outliers both in terms […]

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San Antonio Spurs 105, Memphis Grizzlies 83: Death by Execution

AT&T CENTER–Two years ago, when these two teams last met in the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs were in the midst of an identity crises, transitioning from a style of play Tim Duncan's body could no longer sustain and finding themselves again through Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and a bevy of shooters.  In 2011 the […]

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