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The San Antonio Spurs (52-16) and the Utah Jazz (34-34) will face off tonight in San Antonio in what could be a possible first round playoff matchup preview with the Spurs sitting atop the Western Conference and the Jazz trailing the Lakers for the final playoff spot. It might also be the return of guard Tony Parker to the Spurs' lineup after dealing with a left ankle injury. The team announced he is active and available for tonight's game.
This will be the Spurs and Jazz final meeting this season with the two teams splitting the first two games. In the recent game, the Spurs lost to the Jazz in Utah 96-99. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 22 points, 21 rebounds and 6 blocks while Paul Millsap led the Jazz with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
The Spurs are coming off a 104-93 win at home over the Warriors. Duncan paced the Spurs with 25 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 blocks.
The Jazz are coming off a 93-100 loss to the Rockets in Houston. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 27 points in a losing effort.
And as the Spurs and Jazz get set to meet for the final time in the regular season, here are five thing to watch for during tonight's contest:
• Spurs' Duncan is three rebounds shy of passing Shaquille O'Neal for 13th place on the NBA's all-time rebounds list.
• The Jazz have been outscored by an average of 19.3 points in the opening 24 minutes in their last three road games.
• Jazz Al Jefferson has 31 double-doubles in 64 games played this season.
• The Jazz have the second most comeback wins in the league after trailing by at least 10 points in a game (13).
• The Jazz are 18-8 overall on the season when scoring 100 or more points.
BEST OF MAXIM
When Tim Duncan came back from knee injury last month, he looked a little off, especially on offense. In the five games in the month February after returning from injury, Duncan only shot 50 percent in one of six games and the jumper especially looked off. In the month of March, Duncan is shooting 58 percent from the field and in the last three games he's been spectacular...
Tony Parker will be active and available for Friday’s home game vs the Jazz, returning earlier than expected. After injuring his ankle March 1st against the Sacramento Kings, Parker was estimated to miss about four weeks when an MRI revealed a left ankle sprain, but a return tonight would make it exactly three weeks the All-Star point guard has been sidelined. The Spurs, who...
As the San Antonio Spurs (51-16) are about to begin a grueling stretch of their season where they’ll face 11 playoff teams in their last 15 regular season games, they may not be without All-Star point guard Tony Parker for too much longer.
In his pregame media session where the Spurs prepare to host the Golden State Warriors, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said “it’s possible”...
Tim Duncan had 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 104-93 Wednesday night.
Tiago Splitter added 17 points, Manu Ginobili had 16 points and seven assists and fellow reserve Nando De Colo had 10 points for San Antonio (52-16), which is second to Miami (53-14) for the league's best record.
Stephen Curry had...
With Tony Parker back, the San Antonio Spurs appear to be in much better shape as they continue their quest for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Parker has also been a big reason why the Spurs have an opportunity to wrap up their first four-game season sweep of the Houston Rockets since 2005-06 on Sunday night.
Following his eight-game absence because of a sprained left...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 22 points in his return from an eight-game absence, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 16 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 104-97 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 21 points, including five in overtime, and Danny Green had 15 points for San Antonio, which remains 2 games ahead of Oklahoma...
All-Star point guard Tony Parker is close to returning to the San Antonio Spurs' lineup.
The Western Conference leaders should be fine until then if Tim Duncan can continue one of his best stretches of the season.
San Antonio will try to sweep its four-game homestand on Friday night when the slumping Utah Jazz look to avoid their first eight-game road losing streak in eight...
Tony Parker had 22 points in his return from an eight-game absence, Tim Duncan added 19 points and 16 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 104-97 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 21 points, including five in overtime, and Danny Green had 15 points for San Antonio, which remains 2 1/2 games ahead of Oklahoma City in the West...
The San Antonio Spurs for the win at home over the Golden State Warriors last night 104-93 thanks in large part to Tim Duncan's incredible stat-line of 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks.
And one of those four blocks for Duncan came at the expense of Warriors' Andrew Bogut.
In the first quarter of action, Bogut went strong to the rim only to have...
After four quarters of basketball with the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz all locked up at 90, Spurs guard Tony Parker, who returned from injury revealed when he felt his best, overtime.
"I felt like I never left the team," said Parker (22 points, 5 assists) of his play in overtime as he led his team to a 104-97 victory on Friday at the AT&T Center.
It is a good week to be old.
While most people are preoccupied with LeBron James and the Miami Heat’s growing win streak, Tim Duncan and the Spurs are quietly once again marching along without hoopla, and without even having all of their top players. With a decisive win over the Warriors on Wednesday, the Spurs now have just one win fewer than the Heat, with much less hype. They...
There is dominance like when Tim Duncan rejects shot and there is dominance like when the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 104-93 at home Wednesday night.
Wait a minute! 104-93? That's not dominance; it's a solid win, yeah, but dominance--no.
That wasn't what I was talking about.
The win was the 29th consecutive time that the Warriors have...
They say the NBA is a player's league, and that does seem to be generally true, but things are a little different in San Antonio. In San Antonio, Gregg Popovich can go full "college football coach" on his team and have it actually work.
Popovich recently has been mad about the Spurs' defense, so the last couple days he basically called everybody into the practice...
After a few days off, the San Antonio Spurs (51-16) return to the court as they host the Golden State Warriors (39-30). This will be the Spurs and Warriors third meeting of the season with each team winning on their home court. Also, the Spurs will continue to be without Tony Parker who is still nursing an injured left ankle.
In the recent Spurs-Warriors matchup, the San Antonio...