The San Antonio Spurs announced today that Manu Ginobili will be out for at least a month after needing testicular surgery. Ginobili suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans.
Because the NBA refuses to admit that intentional fouling is a real problem, its scourge is spreading. Tonight’s games featured four different players getting hacked, a new strategy that pushes the rulebook to the limit, and a refinement of the most hilarious kind of intentional foul.
Once Gregg Popovich opted to sit Tim Duncan for Monday night’s matchup, we were never going to get a complete picture of the Warriors’ and Spurs’ relative abilities. But in laying waste to the Spurs 120-90, the Warriors demonstrated that even when Duncan returns, the Spurs will face an uphill slog.
Tonight’s intensely-anticipated Spurs-Warriors matchup is going Golden State’s way, and in a big way, early. Leading the charge, expectedly, is the MVP Stephen Curry. He’s singlehandedly making us jaded to his own highlights.
While the Spurs were in New York for a Jan. 11 game against the Nets, coach Gregg Popovich apparently nabbed a ticket to Hamilton. Another audience member got the evidence by taking a photo with Popovich, who looked absolutely delighted in his beatnik sweater.
San Antonio’s “sort of an odd thing” Boban Marjanović (pictured here) is 7-foot-3, very strong, and has hands the size of Manu Ginobili. What I am saying here is that one can only do so much to prevent him from catching and dunking basketballs. Sometimes he’s just gonna catch a basketball and dunk it!
Boban Marjanovic, a gigantic Serbian center who is playing his first NBA season with the Spurs, has become a bit of a phenomenon in San Antonio. This is partly because Boban is actually pretty good—he scored 17 points off the bench on Monday, and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 15 minutes last night—and partly because…
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected from last night’s game against the Timberwolves when he went storming down the baseline to scream at a referee for not calling a foul. Here’s how that tirade looked and sounded on the court:
The San Antonio Spurs had a bat problem prior to Monday night’s game against the Timberwolves, for the second time in six years. (The last time occurred on Halloween, believe it or not.) Instead of pulling Manu Ginobili out of bat-swatting retirement, Spurs’ mascot The Coyote donned an appropriate costume and caught…
It is 2015 and the San Antonio Spurs, by the grace of God, look like a more polished version of the 2007 San Antonio Spurs. Sure, their 24-5 record is mostly the product of a defense that is 5.6 points per 100 possessions better than the next-best defense, but their offense is still humming along beautifully as well.…
Given what Steph Curry is doing to the game of basketball, there’s no real point in debating who this year’s MVP will be. But there is some fun to be had in tracking who will finish second—let’s call it the Non-Curry MVP race—and right now the guy at the head of that pack is Kawhi Leonard.
Gregg Popovich is the best current coach in the NBA. He’s been with the Spurs for 19 seasons; in that span, he’s won five championships. With all his success, it’s jarring to hear that he despises the shot that so many great teams take full advantage of these days: the three-pointer.
What’s most remarkable about Kawhi Leonard’s improvement through the course of his five NBA seasons is how steady it’s been. He began his career as a defensive specialist who rarely shot, and only did so when it made sense within the flow of an offense built around Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili.
Sean Elliott, a terrible color commentator for the Spurs, was fed up yesterday for a series of technical difficulties and took his revenge here in the fourth quarter. Perfect execution for the Spurs, as always.
NBA training camps are starting up this week, which means it’s time for lots of relatively useless soundbites about what great shape everyone is in and how good everyone’s jump shot looks. This is a natural environment for the notoriously salty Gregg Popovich to be as cranky as possible in, and that’s exactly what it…
When Spurs Jesus got burglarized last month, he didn’t turn the other cheek, and he didn’t forgive his (literal) trespassor. Because he’s not actually Jesus, he’s just a weird San Antonio fan who pretends to be Christ.
Every so often, as the last dregs of NBA free agency congeal into place, a name floats across the ticker that gives a little shock of Oh, what ever happened to ... ? pause. Last night, it was Jimmer Fredette signing on, with minimal guarantees, to be a San Antonio Spur. And, begging your pardon, consider my hopes for…