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Spurs Look to Harden and Rockets for Round 2 Matchup

After a grueling first round against a physical Memphis Grizzlies team, the San Antonio Spurs head to round two to face James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. As many predicted, it took the Spurs an excruciating six games to get past Mike Conley and the Grizzlies. In a huge series for Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, the MVP hopeful was perfect from the line for...
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28 days ago

Quantitative & Qualitative look at Spurs vs Rockets Series

After eliminating the Memphis Grizzlies 4-2 in the opening round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs now prepare for a second-round series against one of their in-state rivals, the Houston Rockets. The Rockets sent Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder packing after just five games, and now the other two MVP candidates, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden, will see...
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28 days ago

Game 6 Vidcast: Spurs Eliminate Grizzlies

The San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies from the 2017 NBA Playoffs Thursday, with a 103-96 win in Game 6. The Spurs won the series 4-2, and in this latest Project Spurs Vidcast, the Spurs’ playmakers and their offense and defense are analyzed.
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April 28, 2017

Project Spurs Playbook: Final* Adjustments

*Requires the Spurs to actually win in Memphis, which seems impossible at this point After returning to the friendly confines of the AT&T Center, the San Antonio Spurs mustered a 13-point victory in Game 5 to push the Memphis Grizzlies to the brink of elimination. While the victory wasn’t in the same fashion as Games 1 and 2, the Spurs displayed enough dominance at home on...
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April 27, 2017

The Spurs’ Game 5 Offensive Showcase

After the Memphis Grizzlies’ defense disrupted the San Antonio Spurs’ offense in games 3 and 4, the Spurs needed to have an answer in game 5. Too many times throughout the regular season the Spurs had large leads turn into close games after the Spurs would start the second quarter or second half in an offensive rut. If the Spurs had another flat offensive game in game 5, the...
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April 27, 2017

Game 5 Vidcast: Spurs Defeat Grizzlies 116-103

The San Antonio Spurs took a 3-2 series lead Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies with a 116-103 victory. Despite San Antonio building an 18-point lead in the third quarter, Memphis cut the Spurs’ lead down to four points in the fourth, before Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills helped San Antonio avoid a late game collapse. In the Game 5 Project Spurs Vidcast, the Spurs’ win is broken...
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April 26, 2017

Prospect Watch: Dwayne Bacon of Florida State

While most San Antonio Spurs fans are focused on the Memphis series, someone has to be looking ahead to the NBA Draft and that is why I am here. We’ve gone through some of the big names in the draft so far and now it is time to get to the potential later picks in the draft. Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon is one of those guys and he could be a nice steal for the Spurs in the second...
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April 26, 2017

Spurs use fourth quarter to down Grizzlies, take series lead

Highlights: The San Antonio Spurs knew they needed to get Kawhi Leonard help from their bench if they wanted any chance to beat the Memphis Grizzlies and take the series lead. That help came in the form of Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills. The duo combined for 30 points as the Spurs earned a 116-103 win over the Grizzlies in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series at the AT&T Center...
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April 26, 2017

Project Spurs Playbook: Back to Basics

No amount of days off or adjustments can fix the amount of sleep and sanity loss at the hands of Game 4’s defeat. Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 43 points as the San Antonio Spurs lost in overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies, evening the series at two games each. The game was oddly reminiscent of the Spurs’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference...
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April 25, 2017

How the Grizzlies have Disrupted the Spurs’ Offense

In games 1 and 2 of their series against the Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs boasted an offensive rating of 118.2, almost 10 points per 100 possessions higher than their regular season mark. In games 3 and 4, however, their offensive rating fell to 105.9 PP/100. In what has felt like once a game for the last several months of the regular season, the Spurs’ offense been...
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April 25, 2017

Spurs Lose Form, Grizzlies Tie Series 2-2

After beginning the series with two outstanding offensive and defensive performances, the San Antonio Spurs are back at square one against the Memphis Grizzlies, who tied the series at two games apiece Saturday night. The offensive prowess San Antonio illustrated in games 1 and 2 was quickly erased in games 3 and 4, especially from three-point range. The Spurs, who were shooting...
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April 24, 2017

Dissecting Spurs’ Scoring Droughts from Game 4 vs Grizzlies

If you follow my Twitter handle, you’ll know that since mid-January, I’ve been creating ‘6-Minute Increments’ charts that basically take any San Antonio Spurs game score this season, and track the scoring by 6-minute segments, rather than the traditional 12 minute increments. The most recent chart for Game 4 of the Spurs’ 110-108 overtime loss in Memphis can be seen below...
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April 24, 2017

Leonard’s career night not enough for Spurs in Game 4

Highlights: Kawhi Leonard’s career night gave the San Antonio Spurs to chance to steal a game in Memphis, but Marc Gasol ended all hope as his go-ahead bucket gave the Memphis Grizzlies a 110-108 overtime win over the Spurs in Game 4 of their Western Conference first round series. Leonard scored a career-high 43 points in the loss, including 16 straight in the fourth quarter to...
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April 23, 2017

Game 4 Vidcast: Grizzlies 110, Spurs 108

The Memphis Grizzlies have tied their playoff series (2-2) with the San Antonio Spurs, as Memphis defeated the Spurs 110-108 in overtime Saturday, behind 35 points from Mike Conley. Despite a career high 43 points from Kawhi Leonard and a double digit lead, the Spurs weren’t able to grab a 3-1 series lead and now the series will be decided in a best of three format. In the latest...
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April 23, 2017

Project Spurs Playbook: Regaining Momentum in Memphis

Thursday night’s final score showed that the San Antonio Spurs only lost by 11 points, but there is no recap that can explain how dominant the Memphis Grizzlies were for 48 minutes to take Game 3. Before taking a look at how the Spurs can avoid returning to San Antonio with the series tied, let’s look back at what our suggested adjustments were for Game 3. 1) Verdict: Failure...
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April 22, 2017

Game 3 Vidcast: Grizzlies 105, Spurs 94

In the latest Project Spurs Vidcast, the San Antonio Spurs’ 105-94 Game 3 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies is analyzed in detail. Who were the Spurs’ 3 main playmakers? How did Memphis score over 100 points on the Spurs’ defense and hold the Spurs to less than 95? Those questions and a preview of Game 4 can be found below:  
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April 22, 2017

Leonard, Spurs fall to Grizzlies in Game 3

Highlights: The San Antonio Spurs knew what to expect from the Memphis Grizzlies as the series shifted to Tennessee for the next two games. The problem is, they did not respond. The Grizzlies used their ‘grit and grind’ style to earn a 105-94 victory over the Spurs in Game 3 of their first round playoff series inside the FedEx Forum on Thursday night to get back into the series...
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April 21, 2017

Project Spurs Playbook: Return to the Grindhouse of Horrors

The San Antonio Spurs nearly coughed up a 26-point lead on Monday night, before flipping a switch in the fourth quarter to cruise to a 96-82 victory and a 2-0 series lead over the Memphis Grizzlies. Though the Spurs found a way to secure the victory, the Grizzlies outscoring San Antonio 45-40 should be enough for Gregg Popovich and the coaching staff to get in some solid yelling...
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April 20, 2017

How the Spurs Have Dealt with the Grizzlies’ Defense So Far

Through the first two games of their series against the Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs have found places they can attack the Grizzlies’ defense. They have also found themselves in several instances of the now-habitual lull in their offense. In game one, this offensive shortage was in effect during the first quarter, pretty much from tip-off until the three or four minute...
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April 20, 2017

Game 2 Vidcast: Spurs 96, Grizzlies 82

The San Antonio Spurs improved to 2-0 in their playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies with a 96-82 victory Monday. In the latest Project Spurs Vidcast, the Spurs’ Top-4 playmakers are analyzed, as well as the X-factor in the game, and the Spurs’ offense and defense in detail. There are also some points about what changes could be coming for both teams in Thursday’s Game 3.  
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April 19, 2017

Prospect Watch: D.J. Wilson of Michigan

The San Antonio Spurs are currently up 2-0 in their first round series with the Memphis Grizzlies. While they haven’t won the series, the likelihood is looking more like they will and that means it’s another step to getting a low first-round NBA Draft pick. This is undoubtedly why you’re back and reading this article. So that you can find out who you should be obsessing over...
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April 19, 2017

Leonard, Spurs Display Offensive Superiority to begin Round One

We are two games into the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs, and after two offensively solid performances, the Spurs have taken a 2-0 lead over the 7th-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs are shooting 49.5% from the field on the series, besting their opponent by 11 points. In a Game 1 111-82 blowout, the Spurs connected on 41 of 77 attempts from the field and 52.6% from beyond...
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April 18, 2017

Spurs hold off second half serge from Grizzlies to take Game 2

Highlights: The San Antonio Spurs finally saw the rough and tough Memphis Grizzlies from the regular season in the second half on Monday night. However, Kawhi Leonard would not allow his team to fall on his home floor. Leonard scored a playoff career-high 37 points as he helped the Spurs hold off a late surge from the Grizzlies for a 96-82 win in Game 2 of their first round playoff...
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April 18, 2017

Project Spurs Playbook: Adjustments for Game 2

With three minutes remaining in the game Saturday, Jonathon Simmons drove down the lane and finished a layup with his left hand over Jarell Martin to give the San Antonio Spurs a 36-point lead over the Memphis Grizzlies. Shades of Manu Ginobili aside, that layup gave the silver and black their largest lead of the night. San Antonio ended up winning by only 29 points to take a 1...
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April 17, 2017

Five Takeaways from Spurs’ Game 1 Beatdown of Grizzlies

The San Antonio Spurs showed why they are serious title contenders in the first game of their playoff run, blowing the doors off the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 111-82. The Spurs started slow, but put on a clinic in the final three quarters en route to victory. San Antonio’s suffocating defense helped turn the game around, and Kawhi Leonard led the charge on offense. Tony...
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April 16, 2017
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