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Spurscast 383: Year of the Boban

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…)

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Spurscast 382: Juggernaut

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…)

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Spurscast 381: Chasing San Francisco

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…)

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Spurscast 380: So Good…

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?

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Spurscast 379: So Far…

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.

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Spurscast 377: 2015-16 Western Conference Preview

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…)

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Spurscast 376: 2015-16 Eastern Conference Preview

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…)

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Spurscast 375: Prognosticators

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…)

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Spurscast 374: Welcome to Camp

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?

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Spurscast 373: Seeds of Change

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.

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Spurscast 372: Dead Horse

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?

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Spurscast 371: To Ball or Not to Ball

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?

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Spurscast 370: Summer Reading

Feels like ages have already passed since Becky Hammon and the San Antonio Spurs captured the Las Vegas Summer League title. After a whirlwind of rumors, news, and free agency departures and arrivals, the summer of 2015 has seen its fair share of work. Now all that is left to do is to test drive the shiny new toy. But the opening tip to the 2015-16 regular is still months away. Three – to be exact. Can you make it?

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Spurscast 366: Hey, Rook

The 2015 NBA Draft is less than a week away and the San Antonio Spurs have questions that might need to be addressed immediately with the 26th and 55th picks. It appears that Tim Duncan will stick around for one more go at glory but the outlook is still fuzzy on Manu Ginobili and eight of his 2014-15 teammates. Depth-wise, San Antonio needs help in the front court. However, the team could also be faced with the task of replacing almost all of their guards (only Tony Parker and Patty Mills are under guaranteed contract). Talent is rarely strong late the round but no team has made late picks work out more than the San Antonio Spurs.

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Spurscast 365: Hypothetical

The San Antonio Spurs’ exhausting first round exit went down a month ago but somehow it feels as if a year has already passed. The summer vacation between conference title rounds and the NBA Finals hasn’t helped to speed up the trudging of time either. And while the title round finally gets underway tonight, there are still four more weeks until NBA free agency begins and the names and destinations finally link up. Will LaMarcus Aldridge join the silver and black next season? Or maybe Marc Gasol will surprise NBA fandom and bolt from Memphis? It’s all just a guessing game at the moment and, painfully, there is a lot of time to pass.

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Spurscast 364: Guessing Game

The San Antonio Spurs face a selection of numerous paths this offseason. Only five players have guaranteed contracts and two of the pending free agents are future Hall of Famers in Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. It is still unknown whether or not Tim and Manu will suit up for one more season and only six weeks remain till free agency begins. San Antonio must also address the Danny Green conundrum and the team future of Cory Joseph, Jeff Ayres, Aron Baynes, Marco Belinelli, and Matt Bonner. Very much could change but the Spurs could also roll once more with a familiar cast.

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