Found January 07, 2013 on
With 19 wins separating the San Antonio Spurs (27-9) and the New Orleans Hornets (8-25), it should be an easy win from a fan's standpoint.
From a player's standpoint, Tim Duncan knows better and his San Antonio Spurs aren't going to think underestimate the Hornets.
Their coach, Monty Williams, comes from the Spurs' organization and was influenced by Duncan's head coach Gregg Popovich. If Monty is anything close to Pop, the Spurs know that they'll have a Hornets team ready to play despite their record:
"They are a very well coached and they're coached to play hard. They have some really good talent."
The Hornets have been a challenge to San Antonio the last two meetings this season, both games were extremely close at the end.
In game one, the Spurs squeaked by with a 99-95 win and an equally close 99-94 win in game two. The Hornets were without their star shooting guard Eric Gordon and he's slowly getting into playing shape with more minutes.
It'll be a difficult task for San Antonio since they haven't played the Hornets with Gordon in their lineup and that'll change their offense and defense significantly. Their youth is what makes them dangerous on the court, which brings an energy San Antonio can't match with their veteran core.
Duncan knows that they are at a disadvantage against the Hornets and they'll command respect.
"We're going to respect them and go in there and hopefully play well against them."
Nothing is a given in the NBA, especially for the Spurs who have had the experience of witnessing large leads and series leads disappear from them. This veteran squad and its mix of youth will play the Hornets smart and the respect factor is the key to that.
Duncan and his Spurs have to use their veteran smarts against Anthony Davis and his Hornets' inexperience. The Spurs will get their open shots and they're not guaranteed to fall every night.
That's happened to the Spurs plenty of time. Duncan knows when he said they "hope to play well against them," the defense will play the biggest role and that's how the Spurs will show their respect for the Hornets.
BEST OF MAXIM
For most of the year, San Antonio Spurs fans can say they've seen many sightings of the old Tim Duncan. Last night, it was Manu Ginobili showing flashes for one game at least.. GInobili had an awesome between the legs pass in the 3rd quarter, but before that in the 1st quarter of the game he set the tone for the Spurs with an exciting dunk that we haven't seen from him in years.
There's some good news for San Antonio Spurs 2012 NBA draftee guard Marcus Denmon and his road to recovery from foot surgery.
As you may recall, Denmon broke his right foot in the opening game for French team Chalon-Elan. He underwent surgery to repair his broken right foot where a metal rod was placed in his foot to strengthen it and to avoid further injury.
CAN'T FIGHT CITY HALL
NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg now claims that Spurs player Stephen Jackson did not fall on the waitress but that "He came close and I just pushed him a little bit."
Former San Antonio Spurs power forward Malik Rose was one of the most respected players on the team with his hustle and energy on both ends of the floor.
Now a Philadelphia 76ers' commentator for their games, Rose still keeps tabs on his former team and teammates who are on their final run for the franchise's fifth championship.
On what's the most important issue...
DALLAS-- Greivis Vasquez has had a heck of a year for the New Orleans Hornets. His averages of 14 points, 9 assists and 4.5 rebounds through 33 games accurately portray that undisputed fact. But until recently, the third-year guard has been the Hornets' only option to take a final shot down the stretch.
But with the recent return of Eric Gordon, who hit a huge, game-winner...
Calling Thursday’s sideline incident at Madison Square Garden that led to forward Stephen Jackson’s right ankle sprain “a Mayoral mishap,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called on the NBA to police activity along the league’s sidelines and baselines.
“It’s maddening,” Popovich said of the incident in which Jackson lost his balance after running into a waitress during...
Gregg Popovich doesn’t like many things. He doesn’t like using the word “Happy” during basketball games. He doesn’t like that there is a 3-point line. And he doesn’t like the fact that food and drinks can be ordered court-side during games. Especially since Stephen Jackson was injured after running into a waitress taking an order for food and drinks court-side in New...
Eric Gordon is one of those players who can really play, but never stays healthy enough to prove it. He was the main piece in the deal that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers, and he is just now getting back into action for the Hornets.
He’s only played in three games, but he’s already hit a game winner. Watch below, as he even got fouled in the process of lifting the Hornets over...
There isn't much San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili hasn't done to "wow" fans in the stands. From clutch shots, ridiculous dunks to bullet passes, Manu has done much to dazzle on the court during his time in the NBA.
Well let's just add another brilliant moment from Manu from last night's Spurs' win over the 76ers.
During the third quarter...
The San Antonio Spurs appeared to solve their recent road struggles with back-to-back wins away from home, but a lopsided loss to finish their most recent trip could be cause for concern.
San Antonio, though, should be primed to bounce back Monday night when it visits the New Orleans Hornets, who have lost seven straight home games.
While they've won 10 straight at home, the...
Celtics (30-9) vs. Spurs (20-21)
January 5, 1980
The HemisFair Arena
The Celtics fell to 0-2 in the HemisFair Arena with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, falling 119-111. In front of the largest Spurs home crowd in the team’s history, the C’s squandered an 11-point fourth quarter lead, finishing 3-3 on their six game road trip. The Spurs scored 18 consecutive fourth quarter...
Eric Gordon scored six straight points in a fourth quarter spurt and had 24 overall to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 95-88 victory over San Antonio on Monday night.
Anthony Davis added 17 points, Greivis Vasquez 14 and Ryan Anderson 13 for the Hornets, who have won two consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 2-3.
Manu Ginobili scored 21 points to lead the Spurs, who...
The Indiana Pacers have signed forward Dominic McGuire to a 10-day contract.
McGuire is a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward who has played with six teams during his six-year NBA career. He played nine games earlier this season with the New Orleans Hornets where he averaged 2.1 points and 3.1 rebounds.
McGuire was Washington's second-round draft pick in 2007, No. 47 overall.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets are two of the worst teams in the NBA, but over the weekend both of their stars hit game winning shots.
First it was Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving turn. With the game against Charlotte tied at 104 there was no question who would be taking the last shot. He beat his defender off the dribble and stepped back and nailed the game winning...