Found June 04, 2012 on
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Before beginning the scouting report of game five of the Western Conference Finals between the San Antonio Spurs (2-2) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2), I watched a quick video before gathering my data.
The video I watched was produced by the NBA and posted on Project Spurs by our own Jeff Garcia. The video is a quick summary of the Spurs’ 20-game winning streak that featured highlights from the streak, before it was ended on Thursday by the Thunder. As I was watching the video, I noticed a bunch of the highlights featured three key elements: 1) Tony Parker driving into the lane and either scoring or passing for an open three pointer, 2) Manu Ginobili slashing to the lane and scoring or passing for an open shot, and 3) the ball was being moved around by the entire team for either a dunk, layup, or open three pointer.
So now that the Spurs have been put on a two game losing streak, what happened in Oklahoma City that wasn’t happening when the Spurs were running teams out of the ...
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During his career, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has provided us with many classic moments.The fine folks over at Turner Sports decided to put together a compilation of his best sound bytes during his time in the league and if we learned anything from this five-minute clip, coach Pop can dole out some memorable lines:
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is back in the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.
Ginobili replaces Danny Green, who is shooting just 8 of 28 in the Western Conference finals. It's the first start for Ginobili since March 23 and just his eighth all season.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wouldn't discuss any lineup changes before the game...
The somewhat popular notion that the truth of my recent Heat-Spurs, dysfunctional-childhood-upbringing column can be determined on a game-to-game basis speaks to the level of delusion pervasive throughout America.
If the Spurs lose to Oklahoma City and never qualify for the playoffs again during the Tim Duncan era and the Heat go on to win the next 15 NBA titles, it would in no...
Sean Marks may have retired from playing, but he hasn't retired from basketball. The former Spur and member of the 2005 championship team has taken a position with the San Antonio Spurs front office and is loving every minute of it. A website from his native New Zealand recently spoke with him about it:
"They've given me projects to work on, and I've been able...
After the San Antonio Spurs went up 2-0 on the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Spurs looked like they would be making an early trip to the NBA Finals and a shot at title number five.
However, once the Western Conference Finals series shifted to OKC, it became a whole new series. OKC took care of their home court and won both games at home and the series is now tied at 2-2. In Game 3...
After taking a 2-0 series lead, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has seen his team lose three straight games to the Oklahoma City Thunder.As you may figure, coach Popovich wasn't exactly pleased with his team's play and when doing in-game interview with TNT's Craig Sager last night, he did it in record fashion by only saying four words:
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The in-game interview is a useful exercise... in theory. An intrepid sideline reporter gets a chance to ask a coach a few hard-hitting questions about the game as it unfolds. In sports like hockey, basketball, baseball, and soccer, these interviews offer a rare look at a coach's thought process during a game... in theory. Most of the time, these interviews offer nothing more...
The San Antonio Spurs still have home court advantage in the Western Conference Finals. That is important to remember as the series shifts back to Texas for tonight's pivotal Game Five.
For as good as the Oklahoma City Thunder have played to even out this series during the last two games, they have not won over by the Riverwalk yet -- something the Thunder must do to win this...
Kevin Durant leads Oklahoma City to a 2-2 tie with the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.
Durant is treating the postseason like an extension of his barnstorming tour last summer, when he lit up playgrounds from Harlem to L.A. In the first round of the playoffs, he beat the Mavericks with a game-winner. In the second round, he beat the Lakers with two. And in Game 4 of the...
"I thought we spotted them 24 minutes," San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after Game 5. "I don't think we competed very well in the first half and they competed for 48."
A few choice words were all it took for Popovich to sum up a disappointing home loss in what could've been the most important game in this Western Conference Finals series....
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the brink of the NBA Finals, beating the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 in Game 5 on Monday night and moving within a victory of a series knockout.
Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Thunder took a 3-2 lead in a wildly entertaining Western Conference finals. Looking invincible while carrying 20-win...
The Spurs are just two wins away from their fifth trip to the NBA Finals, but this almost wasn’t this case, as the team reportedly considered making big moves last summer that would have altered the franchise’s future. Acccording to the New York Post’s Peter Vecsey, Spurs brass was willing to part ways with stars Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in an effort to get younger and...
In the span of three days, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs as many times as they had in the last three years.
And now the Western Conference finals are suddenly up for grabs.
What once seemed like the continuation of one of the most dominant runs in NBA history has turned into a genuine toss-up of a series after the Thunder stopped San Antonio's perfect...
Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Isn't this an interesting change of events?
A week ago, we were taking ring measurements and starting to figure out where this Spurs team sat in NBA history. They were on a "1-loss-per-month" stretch, they'd won 20 games in a row, and they just flat out seemed...