Found December 04, 2012 on
The San Antonio Spurs are plagued with injuries, earlier in the season than in past years. Small forwards Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson were bit by the injury bug first and shooting guards Danny Green and Gary Neal have fallen also.
This leaves this Spurs roster, once seen with a mega surplus of guards, thin in spots that were contributing more this year than years past. This leaves head coach Gregg Popovich with few options for his imagination with filling two starting spots, but one thing is for sure - the Spurs need Boris Diaw to step up more than ever.
Being from Arizona, I've seen Boris step up and carry a team to what some might call MVP type caliber play. When Amar'e Stoudemire was injured during the 2006 season, Diaw became the second option to the Phoenix Suns and showed what his versatility could do to opposing teams: backing down smaller guys, running past slower taller guys, and using his passing skills in both scenarios to the benefit of the team.
The Spurs need that Diaw to show up these next few games with all the injuries to the team. The Spurs still have their Big 3 of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan but we've seen they can't carry a game with heavy minutes on a consistent basis anymore. They need a fourth option to disrupt the defense and make it easier for the whole team on offense.
Boris has started and came off the bench and needs to play at a high level in any role. If he were to start these next few games at small forward (which he's been playing this year), he needs to back down opposing small forwards and dare defenses to collapse on him. If he comes off the bench (whether Manu starts or not), he needs to play as a sixth man.
Diaw hasn't been as aggressive as we saw last season. He's been passing up shots, even ones close to the rim. With a thin roster, most of the guys that help create shots for others aren't going to be on the court and will need to make up for it..This short stretch is going to be the first one that the Spurs are going to be depending on Diaw to be a legitimate fourth option, the only thing that's left for us to see is if he'll stay passive or if he can channel the play he had 6 years ago when his team was one series away from the NBA Finals.
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San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili is on the verge of reaching a milestone in his NBA career as he is about to pass former Spur James Silas on the Spurs' all-time points scored list.
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A new leaked photo has sparked some controversy for an organization that seems to try and stay clear from controversy. The San Antonio Spurs are in the headlines again. A controversial Halloween photo of stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker holding guns up to the head phony NBA official Joey Crawford.
Yes this photo was taken during the Halloween season, but with Mr. Strict NBA commissioner‘s...
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and Tony Parker's photo of them holding fake guns at someone dressed as NBA ref Joey Crawford during a Halloween party made headlines across the NBA land and now Spurs' Manu Ginobili chimed in.
Ginobili said the photo was all in fun was innocent and shouldn't be taken seriously and I agree.
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Jeff and I are back with another episode of the Spurscast. In this episode we talk about the latest hot topic after rest-gate, which involves a photo with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan posing with someone dressed up as Joey Crawford at a Halloween Party. While it's making news, Jeff and I both agree that it wouldn't be as big in bigger markets and that the Spurs' choir boy...
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Especially Spurs point guard Tony Parker.
He's responded with tough play ever since TV analysts raved about Mike Conley out "Tony Parkering" Tony Parker in the playoffs a few seasons ago...
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Well that one game was against Idaho last night where Nando made his debut for Austin and finished with 15 points, 2 steals, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, shot 5-14 from the field in 38 minutes of action in the Toros...
The San Antonio Spurs have been playing without Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson for a few games now and they’ve picked up the slack nicely, but it looks like things could be even thinner at the guard positions tonight.
Danny Green is dealing with a hamstring issue and Gary Neal has a sore left Achilles. After a light workout yesterday, it looks like Neal will play, but there’s...
The San Antonio Spurs certainly know when it is go-time.
The best fourth quarter team in the NBA did it again Wednesday night, with the Bucks becoming their latest victim.
San Antonio used the third quarter to erase a six-point Bucks halftime lead, and then it blitzed the Bucks in the fourth quarter, turning a tie game into a 17-point lead before holding on for a 110-99 victory...
"They played great,” said San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker of his team’s fourth-quarter bench performance on Wednesday, “(and) we needed it."
After going into the fourth quarter tied with Milwaukee Bucks at 76 on Thursday, the Spurs’ bench comprised of Nando De Colo, Gary Neal (20 points), James Anderson, Matt Bonner (12 rebounds), and Tiago Splitter...
Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and the San Antonio Spurs had a season-high 53 rebounds in a 110-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (15-4). Tiago Splitter had 15 points, Manu Ginobili scored 11 and Matt Bonner had a season-high 12 rebounds.
Monta Ellis had 21 points and 11 assists for...
Resting key players last week led to a hefty fine for the San Antonio Spurs.
This time, they're not likely to draw that kind of attention from the commissioner.
Injuries may cause the Spurs to be without as many as four players as they go for a seventh win in eight tries Wednesday night against the sputtering Milwaukee Bucks.
Coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs (14-4) drew...
Check out the wiley vet Tim Duncan. The old man still has some tricks up his sleeve. Check out this nice little slow motion spin move and facial that he put on Marc Gasol on Saturday.
That win over Memphis moved the Spurs to 14-4, and big Timmy is looking as youthful as ever.
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The San Antonio Spurs (14-4) return to the court as they host the Milwaukee Bucks (8-8) tonight at the AT&T Center. This will be the Bucks only visit to the Alamo City.
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