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10 Things to look for in 2010-2011

With a few months until the San Antonio Spurs’ season opener, we are in basketball purgatory. The days just keep getting hotter while basketball seems to be getting farther. Thankfully the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey will give us a sigh of relief, but that’s the World Championship, not the NBA. So as I sit in […]

The power of three

Three seems to be a magic number in the NBA. It’s even more magical if you put the word “big” in front of it. With LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining the Miami Heat with Dwayne Wade to complete the “Holy Trinity” of big threes and rumors of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony creating a big three in […]

Summer League Profiles: Josh Lomers and Gary Neal

Now that Lebron-apalooza has finally come to an end, and most of the big name free agents have been signed, the NBA season is now officially over. Now is the time of year when most sports fans sit around reading fantasy football magazines (guilty as charged) while ESPN plays a seemingly endless amount of College Football Live shows. How long […]

Bonner. To resign or not to resign.

To sign or not to sign? That is the question. At least for the San Antonio Spurs’ front office in regards to the “Red Rocket” Matt Bonner. Bonner, who made a reported $3.3 million dollars last season and finished his third year with the Silver and Black averaging seven points and three rebounds in 18 minutes per contest. […]

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Earning his Spurs Part Nine

By now all of Spurs nation is accepting the Spurs less than stellar exit out of the 2010 NBA playoffs at the hands of the Phoenix Suns.  With that, this will be the final chapter of “Earning his Spurs” as I followed Spurs rookie, DeJuan Blair in his first taste of the NBA playoffs. Blair […]

Earning his Spurs Part 9

For DeJuan Blair, game three of the Western Conference Semifinals was a tale of two halves. The first half he was a game changer, providing instant energy off the bench and overpowering Louis Amundson and even Amare Stoudemire in the paint. In the second half, Blair seemed almost nonexistent. He finished the game with six […]

Earning His Spurs: Part Eight

After a mediocre game one performance, DeJuan Blair looked to bounce back with a strong showing in game two. And he did, at least on the defensive end. Blair finished game two with four points and two rebounds in eight minutes and 40 seconds of play. But it was the three steals by Blair that […]

Earning His Spurs: Part 7

DeJuan Blair has officially played his first playoff game in the intense rivalry that is Spurs-Suns, and despite a couple defensive breakdowns, he played a decent game. Blair finished the game with two points, two rebounds, one block and one steal in almost 11 minutes of play. Blair entered the game at the 1:25 mark for […]

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Spurs vs. Suns:The X Factor

At the beginning of every playoff series, one question always seems to come up; who’s going to be the X factor. As if one player alone can dictate the outcome of the series. Sure, a player can come in and change the outcome of a game, but that’s just one game. You need four to […]

Earning his Spurs: Part 6

If there was ever a must win, game six was it. And thankfully, the Spurs came through with an incredible victory. With so much on the line for game six, it was obvious that Popovich would give Blair limited minutes, and with Tim Duncan playing 43 minutes, that’s exactly what happened. Blair played five minutes […]

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Earning His Spurs: Part Five

After an inspiring game four performance, it seemed like DeJuan Blair would get some extra minutes in game five. And he did, playing more minutes in game five then any other game this series. But he didn’t play 14 minutes and 24 seconds because of his game four performance, he played them because apparently every […]

Earning His Spurs: Part Four

Rarely can a player change the momentum of a game in 12 minutes of play, but in Sunday night’s victory over the Dallas Mavericks, that’s exactly what DeJuan Blair did. Blair finished the game with seven points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot. Blair checked into the game with 1:52 left […]

Earning His Spurs: Part 3

DeJuan Blair only played a total four minutes and 19 seconds in the Spurs Friday night victory over the Mavericks, but in that short amount of time, Blair displayed exactly why he was the steal of the 2009 draft. He might have finished the game with only two points and five rebounds, but that stat line […]

Earning his Spurs: Part Two

Adjustments are what make the playoffs so great. Any team can flop a game, watch some tape, figure out what they need to do, and do it. But what separates a good team from a great team is that teams ability to execute the adjustments on court. That’s why the spurs have been one of the […]

Part I: Earning his Spurs

Throughout the 2010 San Antonio Spurs playoff run, I will be keeping a close eye on Spurs’ rookie DeJuan Blair. Basically documenting his first NBA playoff experience. I will be giving my thoughts on his performances in the post-season and seeing how he responds to the pressure. Enjoy! The playoffs. What a great opportunity for […]

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