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Ban Hammer Up?

After attempting to buy tickets online, it is apparent that the Thunder officials have banned patrons from Texas who order tickets online via Ticketmaster.com for games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals, and will have their orders canceled without notice and given refunds. Here’s what the Ticketmaster.com website reads when you’re trying to buy tickets to the game: Read more…

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Game Two Grades: Spurs 105 Clippers 88

Starting Five:

Kawhi Leonard: 5 Points, 6 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 0 Assists, 25:37 minutes.

Overall, our young Leonard went under the radar and didn’t stand out, only making a clutch bucket at one point, but other than that, his offensive presence was not all that great. Contrarily, on the defensive side of the ball, Leonard was all over Clippers guard Chris Paul, any other rookie having to face such an amazing veteran such as Paul, but Leonard held his own and for that, his grade will reflect it.

Overall: C+
I think Leonard is still trying to find his way, but I also may have too high expectations from him, but he has yet to let me down. Read more…

The Waiting Game

The San Antonio Spurs have vanquished the Jazz in four games, giving them the advantage of having rest before the Conference Semifinals, the Spurs are looking at either a match up between the Memphis Grizzlies or  the Los Angeles Clippers, every Spurs fan remembers the atrocity of the 2011 playoffs,and want revenge against the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are currently down two games to three against the Clippers and will both will face off for game six in the Staples Center, in Los Angeles; Memphis has home-court advantage, and should they force game seven, they will be back in the Fed-Ex Forum. Read more…

Best in the West

The San Antonio Spurs can clinched the number one seed in the Western Conference, once again, the best prevails in the end, and the Spurs, with two games remaining, are powering through en route to the playoffs, seemingly steam-rolling every team before them, and with the eighth seed still up for grabs between Utah and Phoenix, both teams the Spurs have slaughtered over the regular season. Rival Houston was eliminated from contention after taking a complete nosedive towards the end and dropping from the sixth seed to missing the playoffs, the Rockets would have been an appealing opponent as the travel factor would be most desirable. Despite having to travel a decent way, the travel factor will not be bad, seeing as Salt Lake City and Phoenix are not very far of a flight for the team, and a day of rest will also be better, since a day of rest was out of the question with the condensed schedule. Read more…

Spurs Dismanlte Lakers

Tuesday night, the Spurs went into the Staples Center to face a Laker team that had embarrassed them at home. The San Antonio Spurs came into the game with a chip on their shoulder and found themselves in the middle of a slobber-knocker earlier on in the first quarter, trading basket for basket with the Lakers, keeping up with the Lakers and taking advantage of every opportunity made. The Spurs utilized an explosive second quarter to bury the Lakers, capitalizing on their five straight turnovers to bury the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers, taking a lead, running with it and never looking back.

The main, possibly obvious reason is that the Spurs started 6 foot tall, nearly 7, Tiago Splitter, the height equivalent to Tim Duncan. Bringing back memories of the Twin Towers era of the Duncan-Robinson duo that captured two NBA Championships in 1999, and in 2003, and the nearly unstoppable force that was the dynamic duo of Duncan and Robinson. Read more…

Spurs Swat Hornets

In their most dominant performances of the season, the Spurs took command and flexed their muscles against the New Orleans Hornets, the Spurs took the first seed from the Oklahoma City Thunder by force. Not only did the Spurs take the lead in the West, they showed that no team can match themselves as a whole, San Antonio’s bench alone scored 82 of their 128 points, a season high for the Spurs.

Only one of the starting five for the Spurs achieved double digits, while the reserves had five players in double figures, the highest the reserves have had all year, and a great sign that the Spurs reserves could be starters on any other team, the key to a championship is depth, and health. As the Spurs certainly have depth, injury of Manu Ginobili seems to have been a blessing in disguise for the Spurs as the players under him have developed and blossomed as profession players. The Spurs are heating up, if not already hot and steaming already, surging to the top and ripping the first place crown, and unseating the Oklahoma City Thunder from the number one seed atop of the Western Conference.

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Spurs Hold off Celtics

In one of their most atrocious second halves of the season, the San Antonio Spurs managed to escape the TD Garden with a narrow one point victory, extending their winning streak to nine, posing the statement, that no matter how you interpret the game, a win is a win regardless of the play.

With that said, the Spurs let a 17 point lead evaporate over the course of the second half, letting the Celtics to mount a slow and steady comeback to regain the lead the Spurs had held since early in the first quarter. In the first half, the Spurs managed to rack up 59 points on the Celtics’ defense, and allowing the Celtics to only round-up 48 at half, a considerable lead going into the second half. Read more…

Nuggets Overwhelm San Antonio

In only their third loss at home, the San Antonio Spurs are unable to keep up with the Denver Nuggets who are on a fresh three game winning streak. The Spurs dug themselves a hole early going down 16, and looked like they would be made quick work by the Nuggets, the last time these two team met, the Spurs came out on top, but not without the Nuggets putting up a fight first, making a close game in the final seconds. The second match up in the AT&T Center and the third overall, the Spurs were playing catch up from the beginning, the Nuggets simply out hustled the Spurs, and the hustle won the game for them. Read more…

Powering On

NBA.com released their weekly power rankings and the Spurs’ power ranking fit right in with their actual ranking in the league. Fourth place overall with a win-loss record of 27-10 in the first half of the season is nothing to be ashamed of, rather, it should be praised as the Silver and Black Pack has overcome multiple setbacks, losing Manu Ginobili early in the season for an extended amount of time, then TJ Ford. Despite the loses of key figures, the Spurs stood their ground and remained stalwart and fought to win. Being recognized for their young, yet potent offensive and defensive skills, the Spurs are certainly a force to be reckoned with. Read more…

Finishing How They Started

Finally, the long and grueling Rodeo Road Trip has wrapped up, but looking at the Spurs record on absence from the AT&T Center, you would think the home court advantage traveled with them, but no, what did travel with the Spurs, was the determination. The Spurs who struggled earlier in the year, only winning two games on the road, have turned their road woes all around. Winning all but one game on the Road Trip, dropping the only game where the key players did not play, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker took the night off in Portland for rest, a decision made by stellar head coach Greg Popovich.

Carrying a three game winning streak into the Rodeo Road Trip, the Spurs fought tooth and nail to extend their winning streak to 11, winning eight consecutive road games, matching their NBA League recording of eight consecutive road wins in a single trip. A Road Trip to remember, if anything, it brings back memories of 2003, a year where the Spurs won their second title, the Spurs lead the Southwest division and sit in second place overall in the Western Conference. Read more…

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