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Jacque Vaughn Agrees To Become Nets' Top Assistant Coach

Apr 30, 2016 8:46 PM

Jacque Vaughn is joining the Brooklyn Nets as the top assistant to new head coach Kenny Atkinson.

Vaughn was head coach of the Orlando Magic from 2012 until 2015, posting a 43-121 record.

Vaughn spent the 2015-16 season in the San Antonio Spurs’ front office as a pro personnel director.

Sean Marks worked closely with Vaughn during their shared time together with the Spurs.

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Tags: San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: Having A Really Good Coach Probably Most Important Thing In NBA

Apr 30, 2016 5:17 PM

Kevin Durant spoke highly of Gregg Popovich hours before the start of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Durant will be a free agent in the offseason.

“No matter how many moving parts they have on the team, he always stays consistent with what he does,” Durant said.

“Having a coach, a really good coach is probably the most important thing in this league. Because you can have all the great players you want, but if you have someone to orchestrate it, that’s what they have. They’ve got great players, but they also have a great coach to put them in positions that utilizes all their strengths as individuals and make it come together as a team.”

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Lakers Canceled Interview With Ettore Messina After Meeting With Walton

Apr 30, 2016 11:15 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers moved quickly on hiring Luke Walton as head coach after their interview with him on Thursday in Oakland.

The Lakers had plans to interview Ettore Messina at some point next week between Games 2 and 3 of the San Antonio Spurs' series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they canceled following Walton's interview.

Walton and Messina quickly emerged as the top candidates for the Lakers' job after they fired Byron Scott.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Advance to Second Round, Completing Sweep of Memphis

Apr 24, 2016 3:56 PM

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 116-95, clinching a 4-0 series win.

Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points on 6/10 shooting from the field and 7/7 from the line on Sunday.

As the #2 seed in the Western Conference, the Spurs will face the winner of the Thunder/Mavericks series which Oklahoma City currently leads 3-1. Game Five of that series will take place on Monday in Oklahoma City.

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Kawhi Leonard Repeats As Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 18, 2016 10:35 AM

Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Draymond Green finished second as he did last season, while Hassan Whiteside finished third.

Leonard received 84 first-place votes and 547 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Green received 44 first-place votes and 421 total points, while Whiteside was third with 83 points.

DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap, Avery Bradley, Rudy Gobert and Tony Allen each received five or more points.

Green accepted the win by Leonard more this season.

"I felt robbed last year (because Kawhi played fewer games). I didn't feel robbed this year," said Green.

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Tags: Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Award

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Warriors, Pistons, Spurs Allowed Fewest Catch-And-Shoot 3's Per 100

Apr 15, 2016 10:14 AM

The Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs led the NBA in fewest catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100 possessions with fewer than 16.0.

The Warriors were first with 15.4 catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100, followed by the Pistons with 15.5 and the Spurs with 15.8.

The Milwaukee Bucks ranked last in the category with 22.2 catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100. The Bucks regressed badly as a defensive unit from 14-15 to 15-16.

1. Warriors: 15.4
2. Pistons: 15.5
3. Spurs: 15.8
4. 76ers: 16.3
5. Heat: 16.8
6. Clippers: 17.4
7. Blazers: 17.4
8. Knicks: 17.4
9. Celtics: 17.6
10. Bulls: 17.6
11. Cavs: 17.6
12. Thunder: 17.7
13. Wizards: 17.7
14. Jazz: 17.9
15. Suns: 18.5
16. Hawks: 18.6
17. Wolves: 18.8
18. Pelicans: 18.9
19. Lakers: 19.2
20. Pacers: 19.5
21. Raptors: 19.6
22. Nuggets: 19.8
23. Nets: 20.1
24. Rockets: 20.4
25. Grizzlies: 20.5
26. Kings: 20.5
27. Magic: 20.7
28. Mavs: 20.9
29. Hornets: 20.9
30. Bucks: 22.2

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Tags: Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Warriors-Spurs' Four Matchups Had Average Efficiency Diff. Of +9.5

Apr 11, 2016 11:31 AM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs played four times this season with the defending champions winning three of the games.

The Warriors and Spurs have been the NBA's best two teams this season and are widely expected to meet in the Western Conference Finals.

Four Regular Season 15-16 Games (Points per 100 possessions):
Date: Warriors/Spurs
Jan. 25: 116.1-87.1 (+29.0 Warriors)
Mar. 19: 90.7-99.9 (+9.2 Spurs)
Apr. 7: 118.0-106.4 (+11.6 Warriors)
Apr. 10: 102.7-96.0 (+6.7 Warriors)

On a per average game basis, the Warriors had an efficiency differential of +9.5 but most of that damage was done in the blowout in January.

The Spurs will have a better season efficiency differential than the Warriors despite having a lesser record.

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Spurs Plan On Playing Full Team Sunday Against Warriors

Apr 7, 2016 9:19 PM

The San Antonio Spurs plan on playing their full team on Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

The Spurs remain undefeated at home.

"Everyone is going to play," said Popovich.

The Spurs have strategically rested players throughout the season and will do so again on Friday at the Denver Nuggets.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

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Quin Snyder: Spurs Remarkable For Adaptability

Apr 6, 2016 10:28 AM

Quin Snyder complimented the adaptability of Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.

Snyder was head coach of the Austin Spurs from 2007 until 2010 and was part of the Spurs' general ecosystem.

"I think one of the many remarkable things about Coach Pop and the Spurs is their adaptability," Snyder said. "If you think a short time ago, they set the bar on a style of play, the ball movement and the spacing and the passing and the cutting.

"The fact that Golden State's doing more of that now, to me, is indicative of Golden State's team and how good they are and the way they play. It fits their personnel. And now the way San Antonio plays is reflective of their personnel, and I just think it shows ... more evidence of how good Coach Pop is at figuring out how to use players in a way that they can be most successful.

"I think the consistent part is their defense," he said of the Spurs' success. "Their defense is good every year and looks relatively the same in that they're hard to score against. And offensively, I feel like, to me, teams adjust to what they're good at. You don't see National League (baseball) teams that play in massive ballparks getting away from pitching and defense. You're gonna reflect what your surroundings are."

Randy Hollis/Deseret News

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Manu Ginobili To Play In 2016 Olympics For Argentina At 38

Mar 24, 2016 9:17 PM

Manu Ginobili plans to play for the Argentine national team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio at the age of 38, according to an announcement from the Argentina Basketball Federation.

Ginobili made the decision just before San Antonio's 112-88 win Wednesday night over the Miami Heat and called Argentine coach Sergio Hernandez to inform him he'd be available for the Olympic Games.

"To say that Manu's availability makes me happy personally is to put it mildly," Hernandez said. "That is not significant. His was a very brave decision and at the same time very correct, from my point of view. He will be able to end his career with the national team at an Olympic Games. This is the most important news for Argentine sport at this moment. Ginobili is a symbol. Welcome Manu. And now we shall enjoy this."

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Spurs To Lose $750,000 In Cap Space Due To Duncan's Bonus For 62-Win Season
The Spurs will receive a tax bill increase from $3.8 million to $4.9 million.

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Boban Marjanovic, Jonathon Simmons Assigned To D-League
Boban Marjanovic will make his second appearance with Austin, where he is averaging 25.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in 26.5 minutes while shooting .793 from the floor in two games.

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Warriors-Spurs: No Teams Have Ever Played Each Other With Higher Combined Records
The Warriors and Spurs have a combined winning percentage of .882 with their records of 62-6 and 58-10 respectively.

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Spurs Think Duncan's Absence May Have Been Catalyst For LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge became a more aggressive and efficient scorer for the Spurs after Tim Duncan missed a stretch of time beginning in January.

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Spurs Assign Jonathon Simmons To D-League Ahead Of Warriors' Rematch
Jonathon Simmons is averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.0 minutes in 48 appearances this year with San Antonio.

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Spurs Expected To Explore Pursuit Of Kevin Durant
San Antonio would have to figure out how to play Kevin Durant with Kawhi Leonard despite the fact they play the same position.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

NBA Likely To Have Split In Best Eff. Diff/Record For 16th Time In Past 36 Seasons
The Spurs are unlikely to catch the Warriors in terms of regular season record, while the Warriors are unlikely to catch the Spurs on efficiency differential.

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Peter Holt Retiring As CEO Of Spurs, Julianna Hawn Holt To Replace Him
Peter Holt will remain on the organization's board of managers and continue as part of the ownership group while Julianna will become the team's Governor on the NBA's Board of Governors.

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Spurs Waive Rasual Butler To Create Kevin Martin's Roster Spot
The Spurs have waived Rasual Butler to create a roster spot for Kevin Martin.

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Kawhi Leonard On Cover Of Sports Illustrated
Kawhi Leonard is featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated with a profile written by Lee Jenkins.

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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Named Players Of The Week
LeBron James led the Cavaliers to a 3-0 week behind averages of 26.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.33 steals.

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Gregg Popovich To Miss Next Two Games Due To Family Medical Issue
Ettore Messina will take over head coaching duties in Gregg Popovich's absence.

Don Harris/NBC San Antonio

Kawhi Leonard Even Felt Selfish At Times During Early Part Of Career
Kawhi Leonard found a perfect fit with the Spurs but he always had confidence in his abilities.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Spurs Agree To Deal With Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin was playing fewer minutes this season as the Wolves continued their rebuilding phase.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Stan Van Gundy Admires How Spurs Get Players Below Market Value
David West took an eight-figure pay cut to leave the Pacers and join the Spurs, while Tim Duncan is making just $5.25 million while Manu Ginobili is earning $2.8 million this season.

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Wolves Agree To Buyout With Kevin Martin
The Spurs, Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks are expected to pursue Kevin Martin.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kirk Goldsberry Hired By Spurs' Front Office
Kirk Goldsberry was a contributor at Grantland and FiveThirtyEight and most recently has been at Texas as a lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Spurs To Waive Ray McCallum
Ray McCallum was acquired by the Spurs in the offseason in a trade with the Kings.

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Andre Miller Agree To Sign With Spurs
Andre Miller cleared waivers on Saturday after reaching a contract buyout with the Wolves.

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Coach: Kawhi Leonard Loves The Analytics Side
Kawhi Leonard has been called The Claw for his gigantic hands but the Human Avatar is what Randy Shelton, Leonard's strength and conditioning coach at SDSU, prefers.

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