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We've seen an emergence of a youthful Tim Duncan this year as the San Antonio Spurs are impressing the critics that once called them "too old."
Manu Ginobili has thrown impressive passes and we're seeing the rise of Tiago Splitter that's been expected of him since he first was signed by the Spurs. That's all well and good for some fans, but the majority of the base won't remember them next year.
If you ask a Spurs fan about memorable highlights the past few seasons, they may come up with one or two (especially from Ginobili), but they'll agree on one thing and that's that the year was wasted because the team didn't win an NBA title.
To the Silver and Black faithful, the only way the year is a success is if the Spurs are the last team standing in June and there's a party down the River Walk.
The fans aren't the only ones focusing on the playoffs already, coach Gregg Popovich is too. After the Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-82 last night, Pop revealed if he has his sights set on the regular season.
"That's not a goal of ours. We only have one goal. We don't start any season saying we want to win this many games by this time of year and that kind of thing."
With Duncan's career coming to an end, the Spurs know their championship hopes are in the same boat. Once Duncan leaves, the veteran leadership he brings goes along with him and probably a few more players including the head coach.
The team doesn't have the luxury they once did of being patient until the next year, they have to win a title for this year. When players fade into the sunset, no one remembers the regular season games they had.
When Karl Malone's name pops up, he may be regarded as the second greatest power forward of all time, but the talk about championships always follows. When Shaquille O'Neal is mentioned, his dominance and championships belong together.
The same is with Duncan.
He's got his Hall of Fame resume completed, but the team and its fans want to say goodbye the same way they did to legend David Robinson.
While Duncan's youthful performances are impressive, unless a title comes along with it they'll fade like the season will. That's not Pop's strategy for the season, especially when you remember how he's sat his players because of a difficult schedule early on and have won games with their depth. Pop's strategies always come with a long term goal even if it means there's some type of loss in the short term.
Popovich's view on the bigger picture is what makes him what he is and one of the greatest coaches of all time knows there's still room for another title ring on his thumb.
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Tim Duncan's performances this year have been nothing short of inspirational to San Antonio Spurs fans. His willingness to not only step back as the main focus of the offense shows his humbleness and his true will to win.
While the Spurs are more team oriented than ever before, Duncan's contributions are more noticeable on the defensive end this year than in previous...
Manu Ginobili went down at the end of the first half of the Spurs’ 106-88 victory over the Timberwolves on Sunday night. Fans have been nervous to hear news of the star shooting guard’s injury, but were relieved yesterday when it was announced that he would only be out for 10-14 days due to a grade 1 hamstring strain.
After a slower-than-usual start to the season, Ginobili...
Tim Duncan and Marc Gasol are the matchup when the Memphis Grizzlies visit the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center tonight.
Duncan is coming off an impressive win against the Minnesota Timberwolves where he chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 7 blocks. This is a game where the Spurs lost shooting guard Manu Ginobili and Duncan showed more than enough leadership...
Aside from hearing San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan or Tony Parker getting injured, hearing Manu Ginobili will be out of action for at least 10 days is enough to make Spurs fans pull their hair.
It also makes Manu's teammates a bit concerned too.
After Manu suffered a hamstring injury in the Spurs' win over Minnesota, Tim Duncan and Danny Green discussed the loss...
The San Antonio Spurs have already drawn the ire of David Stern this season. Now the team may have to fight its case in court as well.
ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell reports that Miami-Dade County attorney Larry McGuinness has filed a class action suit against Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, claiming that he and other fans “suffered economic damages” when Popovich chose not to play Tim...
Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-82 on Wednesday night, extending their home winning streak to 13 games.
The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field in becoming just the third team to score more than 100 points against the Grizzlies.Boris Diaw added 14, Kawhi Leonard 13 and Tiago Splitter...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 17 points and 11 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-82 on Wednesday night, extending their home winning streak to 13 games.
The Spurs shot 58 percent from the field in becoming just the third team to score more than 100 points against the Grizzlies.Boris Diaw added 14, Kawhi Leonard...
With Manu Ginobili out of action, Kawhi Leonard filled up the box score: 13 points (5-6 FG), three three-pointers, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.
This was easily Leonard's best game of the month -- and probably longer. He is owned in 49 percent of Yahoo leagues. We'll see if he can keep filling it up and be the star that Greg...
The San Antonio Spurs (29-11) and the Memphis Grizzlies (24-12) will face off once again in a matters of days in San Antonio in a Southwest Division showdown. However, the Spurs will have to play without star Manu Ginobili who suffered a hamstring injury versus Minnesota and will be out for at least 10 days.
The Spurs and Grizzlies have split their first two meeting with both...
Whether it is through a new rule or a clause in their contract, there are 19 NBA players who have the ability to veto trades they are involved in. Three of these players are on the Spurs
Any guesses? It’s not who you might think.
Tim Duncan (that one’s kind of obvious), Patty Mills and Boris Diaw (not so obvious).
Duncan actually has a no-trade clause built into his...
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Tim Duncan as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 95-88 Friday night, and extended their home win streak to 14. The Spurs, who have dominated the series against the Warriors by winning 28 consecutive home games, were in danger of ending the longest single streak against an NBA team. Behind by as much...
SAN ANTONIO -- The friendly confines of the AT&T Center have the San Antonio Spurs surging to some unprecedented streaks. The Spurs got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Tim Duncan as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 95-88 Friday night, extending their home win streak to 14. The Spurs have dominated the series against the Warriors by winning 28 consecutive home games...
Manu Ginobili is out with an injury, but the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs feel they can continue their impressive run on their own court.
The Memphis Grizzlies' chances of ending the Spurs' 12-game home winning streak would likely improve if Rudy Gay is back Wednesday night in the second meeting between these division rivals in six days.
With Ginobili suffering...
A South Florida fan has filed suit against the San Antonio Spurs alleging the team violated the state's deceptive and unfair trade practices act by sending several players home before a November game against the Miami Heat.
Larry McGuiness, a Miami attorney, filed the class-action suit Monday in Miami-Dade County. The suit's allegations stem from San Antonio's game against...
Already struggling to win on the road, the San Antonio Spurs are set to embark on a brief trip without Manu Ginobili.
If last season's matchup with Atlanta and Tony Parker's recent performances there are any indication, the Spurs might overcome Ginobili's absence when they visit the potentially short-handed Hawks on Saturday night.
San Antonio (31-11) has won 12 of...