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As the battle for the Western Conference number one seed comes to a near conclusion, the San Antonio Spurs are faced with a familiar dilemma -- play your star players and go for the top seed or rest your players to ensure they are ready for the playoffs?
For knowledgeable Spurs fans, it takes you one second (two if you breathe) to know what Coach Greg Popovich choice would be.
This decision doesn’t mean the last four games are to be thrown away. After the second unit’s performance against the Denver Nuggets, these four games are much needed as any practice the team will run.
Aron Baynes should make use of anytime he gets to team with Tiago Splitter or Tim Duncan with Boris Diaw resting his back. Baynes will be called up on to help with the boards, change shots and give another option in the pick-and-roll game.
Gary Neal needs to get his shot falling again. Last year he was a valuable weapon from behind the three point line. He kept the defense from clogging the lane against the driving Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Recently Neal has been good looks but the shots have not been falling. Against the Nuggets, it felt like he was trying to force the issue. He can’t have another disappearance like the one versus the Thunder in last season's playoffs.
Nando De Colo is showing that aggressive streak that Coach Popovich likes in his guards. He’s now willing to the stick his nose right in there. Now is the time for him to take the backup point guard job by the throat and not let go.
Kawhi Leonard needs to take this time to assert himself on the offensive end. With the possibility of Ginobili missing time, Leonard maybe asked to step in to the role of being the third member of the "Big Three," if he isn't a member already.
Looking back at how the 2012 NBA playoffs ended for the Spurs, the bench needs to make sure they are ready and not overwhelmed by the moment. So now is the time for them to gain Coach Popovich’s confidence for crunch time minutes.
What are your thoughts on the final games of the regular season Spurs fans?
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The Spurs and Stephen Jackson parted ways, which came as a surprise to many people. There were no hints of a previous issue.
Addition by subtraction or just a case of good riddance? Whatever the case, the San Antonio Spurs waived Stephen Jackson on the eve of the NBA playoffs Friday afternoon.
The news sent shock waves from San Antonio across the league, as many wondered why a squad with title aspirations would let go of what appears to be a valuable piece now. Jackson, aka Captain Jack, won a title with...
Manu Ginobili has struggled this season with injuries and is currently sitting out because of one.
He gave San Antonio Spurs fans an update on the condition of is injured hamstring in a column for Argentinian site Canchallena.com including stating he will do everything possible to be back for the playoffs.
The injury was in a location similar to the previous one, the...
It has finally happened. The San Antonio Spurs have given up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. If the playoffs began today they would play seventh-seeded Houston in the first round, which is to say the ship is taking on water.
It is a waste of time to predict how the Spurs will look in the playoffs. Two of their best players, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, are out of the...
AT&T Center - “We’re getting ready for the playoffs and putting our team together, and what we want to do and who we want to do it with, and we thought that making this decision with Jack was best for the group.”
That was San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich in his press conference addressing the release of forward Stephen Jackson prior to the Spurs (57-21) hosting...
The Spurs will be without big man Boris Diaw for 3-4 weeks as the team announced Friday that he underwent back surgery to remove a synovial cyst from his lumbar spine on Thursday.
Diaw, who will miss the start of the playoffs, is averaging 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22.8 minutes a game this season – 20 of them starts.
The San Antonio Spurs announced Friday afternoon they've placed former Bucks forward Stephen Jackson on waivers.
Jackson, 35, played in 55 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.5 minutes per game.
The news of Jackson's release was first reported by Yahoo! Sports, which also reported the reason for Jackson being waived...
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Green gives us a brief account on what he was going through during that time...
The Spurs have surprisingly waived Stephen Jackson.
AT&T CENTER--For a month upheaval has been the new status quo up and down the San Antonio Spurs lineup, with the instability finally seeping into the Spurs' play over that time.
Manu Ginobili's status remains unclear, though coach Gregg Popovich assured reporters he's progressing. Boris Diaw could be out for a month, his season-long nagging back spasms turning...
Tony Parker had 22 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio never trailed in a 108-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday, a day the Spurs lost two key players.
Tim Duncan added 18 points, Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and Tiago Splitter and Danny Green had 12 apiece as seven players scored in double figures for San Antonio (58-21).
DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds...
Coach Pop definitely not going to be on Stephen Jackson’s mixtape now.
Both Jackson and Thomas are ineligible for postseason, even if they are claimed off waivers.
Spurs waive Stephen Jackson. Knicks waive Kurt Thomas.
— Art Garcia (@ArtGarcia92) April 12, 2013
The San Antonio Spurs (57-21) will host the lowly Sacramento Kings (28-50) tonight at the AT&T Center in the final meeting of the season between these two teams. Good news for the Spurs is Tony Parker will be back on the court tonight after being out with a sore neck, however, will be without Boris Diaw who will be out 3-4 weeks after back surgery to remove a cyst from his spine...
The injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs have been forced to try and get healthier while continuing their quest for the top seed in the Western Conference.
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