Spurs news briefs: Manu appreciates the Spurs, plus-minus, the Bucks take on Texas, and more


• Think Manu Ginobili appreciates being a San Antonio Spur? Indeed he does! Check out what he said via Twitter on being with the Spurs franchise:

• Into stats? Then check out Express News’ Tim Griffin’s post on the Spurs’ Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili tied for the team lead in plus-minus:

The Spurs clearly play better when Duncan is on the floor. Bonner has been the best 3-point shooting big man in the league. George Hill is playing at a level that could lead him to the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

• The Spurs face the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow and if the Bucks get the win over the Spurs then they will lay claim to have won against all three Texas NBA teams:

They beat Houston at home on Friday night, using a 24-point, 22-rebound, 5-block game from Andrew Bogut to get it done.

On Monday in Dallas, the Bucks received a huge bench effort inspired by Ersan Ilyasova, Keyon Dooling and Chris Douglas-Roberts to snap the Mavericks’ 12-game winning streak.

Now for maybe the toughest part. The Bucks headed to San Antonio on a charter flight after their 103-99 victory in Dallas. Next up will be the NBA’s top team, the 20-3 San Antonio Spurs.

“That’s big for us,” Jennings said after the Bucks’ victory improved their road record to 3-8. “But we’ve got another tough team, one of the best teams in the NBA, San Antonio. We’ve got to go in there and take care of business. (source jsonline.com)

The Spurs can’t sleep on this Bucks team. They beat the Mavericks, Bogut plays very well against the Spurs and Jennings can catch fire and explode offensively.

• A contract between Time Warner Cable and Sinclair Broadcasting Group is still not renewed and if it doesn’t get renewed by December 31, then San Antonio Spurs fans in San Antonio may not catch a few games on the CW channel after January 1, 2011. (source Express News)

• The Spurs recent victory was over the Portland Trail Blazers holding them to 78 points. Check out our fellow Bloguin blogger Beyond the Beat’s four reasons why the Blazers lost to the Spurs:

First, their bench continued to struggle. They weren’t able to score consistently or keep San Antonio’s reserves in check. After combining to shoot 0-11 in victory over Phoenix, the duo of Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum managed to make only three field goals in fourteen attempts. Overall, the unit was 7-26 shooting with a measly two assists and two free-throw attempts. They have some good players, but the bench is lacking an inside presence. This has allowed the Spurs to primarily defend the perimeter. In turn, a predictable offense was once again run.

Click HERE to find out reasons two through four. Do you agree?

• So that UFO Manu Ginobili saw in California turned out to be Red Bull skydivers:

“As soon as I saw the videos on the news I busted up laughing,” DeVore wrote on redbullairforce.com, which also includes footage of one of the jumps. “It was us jumping with our night flares.” (source smdp.com)