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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


San Antonio Spurs 129, Golden State Warriors 127: Wow, Just Wow.

AT&T CENTER–Seated in press row, overlooking the court from the upper deck, one could see the play as it unfolded. As Manu Ginobili set a screen for Tony Parker, who dragged the defensive attention of Harrison Barnes and Jarret Jack along with him, leaving Kent Brazemore to decide between an open Diaw and Ginobili. Ginobili sank […]


On Spurs, Warriors and a river vs. a bay

In the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, the Western Conference Semifinals are represented by a city nestled by a bay, and another renowned for its River Walk. Appropriate that both teams be associated with something as elemental as water, given the fluidity of some key components. Stephen Curry, the fourth-year point guard for […]


On Jason Collins and time and place

Time and place.  There is a time and place for everything, we are told, and we should limit ourselves to conversations on certain subject matters to the appropriate times in the appropriate venues.  That these words, inspired by Jason Collins becoming the first openly gay athlete in the NBA, finally reach you days after the […]


Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, and luck as the unaccountable MVP

On the opposite side of the Western Conference playoffs bracket, but only a state away, the Oklahoma City Thunder are reeling from the loss of guard Russell Westbrook for an as of yet undetermined amount of time. Should it prove longer than a week or two, the prohibitive Western Conference Finals will likely see their […]


San Antonio Spurs 91, Los Angeles Lakers 79: GINOBILI!

AT&T CENTER–Bringing the ball up the court with roughly a minute remaining in the third quarter, Manu Ginobili watched as both his offense and the Los Angeles Lakers' defense began to settle into their sets. A player that lives between moments, Ginobili saw the briefest of opportunities and seized it.  Ginobili's three-point attempt from the […]

Seventh Seal

Popovich vs. Death

Weary from an intense five-hour film session, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sat alone in his office at the Spurs practice facility. He’d sent the rest of his coaching staff home to their families hours ago, allowing himself some time to sort through their recommendations on the Los Angeles Lakers while collecting his […]

Minnesota Timberwolves 108, San Antonio Spurs 95: The only thing that matters

AT&T CENTER–Surveying the court ahead, catching a glimpse of Tim Duncan running side-by-side with Chris Johnson towards the rim, Manu Ginobili instantly started calculating steps and angles in his head. The equation solved as quickly as it appeared, Ginobili threaded a full court pass with just the proper amount of spin to reach its destination.  […]