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San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Lakers
AT&T CENTER--Before the playoffs started, an hour before their last game of the regular season, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich intimated who the Spurs were over the last month of the regular season would not be the team that opened up a playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In Game 1 the Spurs shook off a month's worth of rust and bandages, riding a dominant defensive performance and a well-timed scoring burst from Manu Ginobili to victory. The Spurs looked better, but one game does not a trend make.
“I thought that was the first time in a while that we looked like the team that played the first 70 or so games defensively. We had done a good job of getting into that top tier of defensive teams, and then for a variety of reasons it dissipated," Popovich said before Game 2. "But that was our best defensive performance in a while and I’m anxious to see if that’s really our team or not."
In systematically ripping a depleted Lakers tea...
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The San Antonio Spurs are efficient.
The San Antonio Spurs know how to get it done.
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Right now the Spurs are defying those who stated that they were old and on their way out of the door in the first round.
On Wednesday the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference quarterfinals series with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tony Parker had a big night in...
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker wasn't himself when he played against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon.
Parker has been a step slow since his ankle injury in the regular season and has not caught up to his former MVP-like play, especially with his 8-21 shooting. His counterpart, Steve Blake, got the better of him on the defensive end with steals and blocks which...
The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers will resume their first round series tonight in San Antonio as the Spurs hope to take a 2-0 lead before heading to Los Angeles for Game 3. There is no doubt it will be a battle tonight and when the scene shifts to L.A., as the Lakers will be quite motivated to prove they can survive without Kobe Bryant.
But even if the Spurs advance...
The San Antonio Spurs' 102-91 win Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Lakers was the expected outcome, gave them a 2-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series and inched the Lakers closer to being put out of their misery.
It was also the latest showdown between two franchises competing for the right to be called the greatest of modern times and, if the Spurs gain steam,...
When the San Antonio Spurs were looking for a small forward, Tracy McGrady may not have been the first option. It's being reported the Spurs were looking at an Argentinian player to join Manu Ginobili in silver and black.
Andres Nocioni turned down an offer from the Spurs 15 days ago according to @Servitoria. Nocioni's agent confirmed he got an offer from NBA (@SportandoBasket...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-91 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 16 points each, Manu Ginobili added 13 points and Matt Bonner had 10 for San Antonio.
Dwight Howard and Steve Blake had 16 points...
The San Antonio Spurs took a 2 game lead on the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Parker had a strong night, Duncan and Leonard had 16 a piece. Steve Blake and Dwight Howard led the Lakers with 16 points each.
How the Spurs won:
Tony Parker played a great game in which Steve Blake was all over him. Parker finished the game with 28 points, 7 assist and 4 rebounds, but it wasn’t...
The sports birthdays for April 25 include Jacque Jones, Darren Woodson, Dave Corzine, Tony Phillips, and the Big Fundamental Tim Duncan. There was one athlete that was larger than life, literally, that was born on this day. I am talking about none other than former Connecticut Huskies point guard and Chicago Bull Khalid El-Amin. As a Pitt fan I couldn’t stand this guy because...
The matchup of the game for Game 2 will be between San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker and Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake.
Tony Parker ended Game 1 with 18 points, but it wasn't a vintage Parker-like performance. He looked a step slow and still may be bothered by the ankle injury he suffered weeks ago and Steve Blake took full advantage of that. Parker shot 8-21 from...
For a team with an older core barely limping into the playoffs with a banged up roster, rest between playoff games is about the best thing you can ask for.
After a physical Game 1 on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Spurs’ elder statesmen were likely pleased to hear that their next game wouldn’t come until tonight, providing two full days of rest to heal their ailing...
The San Antonio Spurs probably won a game they shouldn't have in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
They dominated the Lakers while only shooting 37% (32-85) while the Lakers shot 41% (30-73). The biggest difference for the Spurs was the 3-point shooting with the silver and black outshooting the Lakers 31% (7-22) to 20% (3-15) and the bench production with the Spurs bench...
Top 5 Players
1. Tony Parker (Spurs)
2. Dwight Howard (Lakers)
3. Tim Duncan (Spurs)
4. Pau Gasol (Lakers)
5. Manu Ginobili (Spurs)
1. Steve Nash (Lakers)
2. Kawhi Leonard (Spurs)
3. Danny Green (Spurs)
Best scorer : Tony Parker (Spurs)
Best passer: Steve Nash (Lakers)
Best shooter: Danny Green (Spurs)
Best low-post scorer: Tim Duncan (Spurs)
Best rebounder: Dwight...
A weird thing happened in Game 1, the Lakers (0-1) had trouble making baskets instead of preventing the other team from scoring. Usually, it's the other way around.
What's even stranger is the scoring efficiency for both teams. The Lakers actually had a better percentage in shooting at 41.1% versus 37.6% for the San Antonio Spurs (1-0). Of course, the purple and gold...
On this week's playoff edition of the Spurscast, Jose Grijalva and Trevor Zickgraf join me to talk about what the San Antonio Spurs have been doing right to take a 2-0 lead on the Los Angeles Lakers and what they need to do in order to make it a sweep.
We also recap the rest of the NBA playoffs, although we try not to spend too much time on the Eastern Conference so we don...