The Spurs were all set to trudge through the 2016 Rodeo Road Trip unscathed, then an injury to Kawhi Leonard happened and then the Los Angeles Clippers happened. Then a shameful game against Phoenix happened. Is the future bright and bold for San Antonio? Or is the Western Conference getting too busy at the top? Jose and Ryan break it all down in Episode 390 of the Spurscast.
The 2016 NBA All Star Game has now come and gone. Recap: Playas gonna play, and Ballas gonna ball, so to speak. Basketball was played, so you know the Spurscast is going to cover it. If it is fit to go into your earholes, Jose and Ryan pack it in. It starts rough and ends smooth, Its episode 389 of the Spurscast.
Road Dogs is the name of this podcast episode, not Road House. If it was Road House, Jose would have a knife in his left boot, ready to roundhouse kick the NBA in the face. But alas, no Swayze-no-Wayze, as it were. So instead, Jose and Ryan talk the 2016 Rodeo-Road Trip, the All Star Break, engage in a bit of Spurs-talk, and of course cover the news from around the NBA.
In the past week the best defense in the NBA has been tested, and the Spurs are barely passing. Some are now questioning their health. Given that defense is the calling card of San Antonio, they will have to get stronger before they lose ground in the Western Conference. Ryan and guest-host Ben Bornstein do the heavy lifting in the latest Spurscast- with special guest host Jeff Jones, of NBC 4.
The San Antonio Spurs and Warriors met on Monday night in an epic showdown of the two best teams in the Western Conference. With a gutsy performance from Steph Curry, the Warriors came away with the win, and distanced themselves from San Antonio. But really, what is in a single win? Turns out, a lot. Jose and Ryan break it all down in the latest Spurscast.
The San Antonio Spurs are putting up historic numbers, and making it look easy. But, have they played anyone yet? Will San Antonio play their best basketball when it matters the most- say, January 25th against the Warriors? Jose and Ryan answer these questions and more as they break down the first half of the 2015-2016 NBA Season with guests Ben Bornstein and Paul Garcia.
Thirty-eight games through their regular season, the San Antonio Spurs are churning out historically dominant numbers and with relative ease. A true test of strength arrives in Texas later this week with LeBron James and the East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite this intriguing match-up, fans are looking ahead to the January 25th road game versus the 35-2 Golden State Warriors. Will San Antonio be playing their best ball entering that game? And with a loaded slate of tough opponents in the dog days of the NBA season still looming, can the Spurs (currently on pace for 69 wins) legitimately threaten the 70 win barrier?
Despite dropping another road game, the San Antonio Spurs are cruising toward a regular season franchise-best 67 wins. The Spurs have been propelled by the arrival of LaMarcus Aldridge, the MVP-caliber play of Kawhi Leonard, and the resurgence of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. As usual, the bench has also been a major factor but this time there are new faces providing the punch. (more…)
The Golden State Warriors may be crushing out historic offensive statistics this season but the San Antonio Spurs are completely redefining the concept of dominant defense. San Antonio is currently posting the best team defensive rating in 42 years while holding opponents to a league-best 88.2 points per game. Though still under construction, the Spurs offense is coming along nicely and now boasts the third best offensive rating (108.2) in the league. Are the Spurs now truly on par with the reigning NBA Champions? (more…)
At 18-5, the San Antonio Spurs are on pace for a 64 win season. They represent the top defensive unit in the NBA, currently the only team with average opponent per-game scoring average below 90. San Antonio also boasts impressive numbers in opponents shooting percentages while rolling out a top-ten offense. But, as impressive as they have looked, they’re still five games back of the undefeated Golden State Warriors. (more…)
In the 2013-14 championship season, the San Antonio Spurs made it to December with only three losses (14-3). This current version of the Silver and Black is off to a 9-2 start with seven games remaining in November. Could the Spurs best their 13′-14′ title campaign start? Much to the delight of fans, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili look fresh and are making plays once again. But are these performances sustainable for the old guards?
The San Antonio Spurs are off to a hot start at 6-2, sitting second in the Western Conference behind the currently undefeated Golden State Warriors. But, despite a solid launch, the Spurs are fighting through major rotation changes and shift in offensive philosophy. LaMarcus Aldridge is slowly finding his place, Kawhi Leonard’s game has ascended once again, and the ol’ trio of Tim, Tony, and Manu continue to settle into (slightly) lesser roles.
A new NBA season is only days away and Project Spurs is showing their excitement with a series of season previews. The Spurscast Crew kicked off their prediction series two weeks ago and released their mega-preview of the Eastern Conference last Friday. This week the Western Conference receives love with a two hour breakdown of every team rocking out in the Northwest, Pacific, and Southwest divisions. Are the Warriors still the favorites despite major additions made by other contenders? Which team will fall from grace and which other will take their place in the post-season? (more…)
The 2015-16 NBA season is closing in quick and it is time for the annual misfiring of previews and predictions. The Project Spurs Spurscast Crew kicked off their prediction series last week but now turn their attention to the Eastern Conference. Are there any rising powers in the East? Have the Hawks filled their gaps enough to challenge for the title? Will Philly finally stop tanking? Is this all just LeBron’s playhouse and this recording is simply pointless? (more…)
The first night of Spurs preseason action is in the books as the new-look San Antonio squad lost a close one to the Kings of Sacramento on Thursday night. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Boris Diaw didn’t travel with the team but, for those with League Pass, fans got their first look at the team’s new acquisitions. Gregg Popovich also decided to stay behind to tend to his wine cellar (pure assumption) which contradicted his recent comments on the increase in October floor time for his veterans in the interest of team chemistry. The season is long but will it be long enough for this loaded San Antonio team to find their groove? (more…)
Monday provided San Antonio Spurs fans the first glimpse of the 2015-16 season with the annual circus that is media day. Per the norm, Spurs fans were given behind-the-scenes peek at photo-shoots and were supplied with an ample amount of quotes and Pop jokes. Drastically distant from the norm were the presence of huge off-season acquisitions strutting about in their new silver and black attire. While the media activity and fan interest swarmed around LaMarcus Aldridge and David West, plenty of attention was spared to names fighting for a spot. A pair seem destined for the team’s D-League affiliate in Austin but which of the others might seize the 15th and final spot on the Spurs’ roster?
Starting this season, the NBA will begin seeding playoff teams based solely on the club’s regular season records. The era of weak division winners leap-frogging true contenders is now a relic left behind to be forgotten. The “what if” scenarios of seasons past still roll through the minds of fans. Would moving up one spot last season have saved the San Antonio Spurs from an early post-season exit? In hindsight, the future of that alternate history still appears dim but a second round match with Golden State could have provided the spark the 2014-15 Spurs squad desperately needed. Or the eventual 2014-15 NBA Champions would have easily demolished the struggling Silver and Black.
The San Antonio Spurs are old. Not a rather original line for the eyes and ears of fans but one that remains nonetheless a fact. True as it may be, it has hardly mattered to the black and silver juggernaut that keeps finding new ways to stay in power in an ever-changing basketball landscape. Seasons ago, a change in offensive philosophy put the team in Tony Parker’s hands and allowed Tim Duncan to extend his career. The team infused youth into their roster and found a capable suitor in Kawhi Leonard for the post-Duncan era. This past summer, the team accomplished the incredible by bringing in new all-star talent without sacrificing old-star names. However, the Spurs 2015-16 title quest still hinges on the tired old question: Will age sink this team?
Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Kawhi Leonard, and Patty Mills are representing their country on some level this summer. Kawhi just completed a mini-camp with Team USA and Mills was a late addition to Team Australia for their participation in the Oceania Series. Parker and Diaw, to no one’s surprise, are getting set to led Team France in yet another Eurobasket tournament. The San Antonio Spurs are no stranger to being globe-trotters but there is a growing concern among Spurs fans, as well as NBA executives, that national play is more risk than profit. Fans outside of the United States are lashing back at this notion. There is disdain in Serbia because their countryman, Boban Marjanovic, was held back by San Antonio from international play this summer. Argentina fired the same furor towards the Spurs last year when Manu Ginobili was denied from partaking in the FIBA World Cup 2014. With the NBA brand exploding across the globe, is a step-back from the international scene a serious debate?