Found November 19, 2012 on
Stephen Jackson and the San Antonio Spurs knew they were in for a tough game in the first meeting of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers. They knew the Clippers, although hobbled with injuries last year, were embarrassed of being swept from the playoffs by them.
In a post game interview, after the Spurs handed a loss to the Denver Nuggets, Jackson said tonight's game against the Clippers is going to be good but will be looking for a measure of revenge.
"Beat them. We owe them. It's going to be a big game for us," said Jackson. "You know, they were all hyped about that game because we swept them and they still have the dust pan in the arena. They were kind of hot about that and they played like it. It's a different team there now with Jamal Crawford now. We got a good game on our hands."
The Clippers were motivated to get redemption early on and the Spurs knew it. With their offseason acquisition of Crawford, this team is more dangerous than last year's team at full strength. He is still one of the league's potent scorers, currently leading the team in scoring (20.7ppg) while coming off the bench.
The November 7th meeting had to be one of the hardest games that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had to coach so far. He was not only facing a team that wanted to hand out a knockout punch in the first meeting of the season, but also had to deal with adjustments his opponents made to his Spurs from last year's matchup.
There's no way he would have known how Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro would adjust on offense and defense this year or how he'd utilize his new 6th man against his team, which is relatively the same as last year's aside from losing James Anderson and adding Nando De Colo. This was an important game, but it also came as a learning experience for Coach Pop.
There's a full game's worth of video to examine from that night and to find what his team could do differently.
What's more important for the Spurs is there's no excuses for the next game and they know it, even with starting small forward Kawhi Leonard out. The Spurs are the ones coming in embarrassed in this game and are determined to land the next punch.
Jackson's words at the beginning of the interview sum up how the Spurs are viewing the second of four rounds: “Beat them. We owe them. It's going to be a big game for us.”
The Spurs seem to be ready, will the Clippers be?
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San Antonio Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture to his right pinkie finger during Monday night's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jackson sustained the fracture late in the first quarter, leaving the court with less than a minute remaining in the period for X-rays.
He was starting his second...
San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right little finger Monday, and he is expected to miss four to six weeks. Jackson, who was playing in place of Kawhi Leonard, out due to left knee tendinitis, was hurt in the first quarter of the Spurs' home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He scored two points and grabbed two rebounds...
During last night's Los Angeles Clippers/San Antonio Spurs affair, Spurs forward Stephen Jackson attempted to corral a loose ball in the first quarter.As he went for it, Jackson's left hand collided with Clippers guard Willie Green and caused his pinkie finger to dislocate:Jackson's finger injury will cause him to miss 4-6 weeks of action.
For a 6-11 power forward in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan sure can handle the ball on the fast break.
During last night's loss to the Clippers, TD provided the fans something to cheer about despite how the game ended. Check out "Magic" Duncan (as the Spurs' TV announcer says in the video below) taking the ball end-to-end with a little stutter move...
10 games are in the books for the San Antonio Spurs 2012-13 season and on this episode of the Project Spurs-News 4 WOAI Spurs Roundtable, we take a look back at the opening games for San Antonio.
Mike De Leon, Paul Garcia and myself discussed some of the positives and negatives about the team early in the new season including some Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter talk. We also...
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan has spent all 15 seasons with the Spurs. All those accolades, NBA titles, All-Star appearances were with the silver and black.
In total, Duncan has played in 1,122 and should he suit up versus the Boston Celtics tomorrow night, he will pass former NBA player Hal Greer on the all-time NBA list of most games played with one team for an entire career...
Previously on That NBA Lottery Pick, we have posted some rather strange injuries that players in the Association have suffered and the latest player to add to the list is Spurs guard Gary Neal.Apparently, Neal suffered a lacerated finger when attempting to zip up one of his pieces of luggage for a previous road trip:Neal suffered a cut on his finger while packing his luggage for...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Manu Ginobili had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a season high for points in a 126-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
DeJuan Blair added 19 points and Danny Green had 15 for San Antonio (8-2). Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each scored 14 points while playing 25 and 23 minutes, respectively.
Danilo Gallinari scored 15 and Kenneth Faried...
It's been sometime since we last heard from "Coach B" aka San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner.
You remember those quirky, yet funny videos starring Bonner as "Coach B" giving pointers on the fundamentals of basketball. Of course you do. Who can forget them?
Well it seems there were a few lost episodes of "Coach B's" videos which include...
Take one look at the comments section on recent posts on Project Spurs, specifically the one about the San Antonio Spurs possibly calling up James Anderson and you'll find an ongoing meme.
Spurs fans want some size at either the power forward or center position.
It seemed like a bad joke when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich mentioned Cory Joseph rejoining the team with Stephen...
The San Antonio Spurs had rallied within a basket of the Los Angeles Clippers with less than 30 seconds remaining and the crowd was buzzing.
Some would call it a tense situation. Chris Paul calls it ''winning time.''
Paul had 19 points and eight assists and the Clippers beat San Antonio 92-87 on Monday night for their second win against the Spurs this season.
SAN ANTONIO -- The Spurs' blistering showtime offense that was on display most of last season was back with Manu Ginobili leading the way as San Antonio beat the slumping Denver Nuggets 126-100 at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. The Nuggets hung on for a while, trailing only 16-13 with just over four minutes left in the first quarter before the Spurs were able to break...
The Clippers vs. Spurs has developed into an actual rivalry. After the Spurs bounced the Clippers out of the playoffs last season, Clipper Nation has come roaring back early this season defeating the Spurs for the second time in a week in succinct fashion. Need a real life illustration of that point? Check out Chris [...]
SAN ANTONIO -- Blake Griffin scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 92-87 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at the AT&T Center. The Clippers, who led the whole second half, let the Spurs back in when Manu Ginobili's driving layup made it 89-87 with 1:26. However, Chris Paul hit a turnaround jumper with 24 seconds to...
Tomorrow's going to be a tough home game. The Spurs are a well oiled machine and you can't beat them without your A game. The Celtics though are coming off an embarrassing loss versus Detroit, so I expect them to be up for the challenge.
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