May 21, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
The San Antonio Spurs' victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday drew a 3.9 overnight rating on ABC Sunday afternoon.
That is down 41 percent from the Miami Heat/Boston Celtics Game 1 on ESPN last season and down 26 percent from the Oklahoma City Thunder/Dallas Mavericks Game 1 on ESPN in 2011.
The game ranks as the lowest rated conference final opener since 2007 when the Cleveland Cavaliers/Detroit Pistons drew a 3.5 on TNT.
San Antonio is the 36th larget market, while Memphis ranks 49th.
The NBA hopes to soon negotiate new television contracts with their national partners. While the league is generally seen to be on the rise, the new collective bargaining agreement favors parity and incoming commissioner, Adam Silver, has made it an expected touchstone of his regime to continue that trend.
May 21, 2013 10:51 AM EDT
A death threat was made against Tony Parker with five minutes left in the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 1.
The Bexar County Sheriff is investigating a 911 call played on Sunday in which threatened Parker.
Security was immediately increased but it was determined there was no immediate threat.
Parker was escorted to his home by deputies.
May 16, 2013 10:26 PM EDT
Deshaun Thomas interviewed with the San Antonio Spurs at the NBA draft combine on Thursday.
Among the questions asked of Thomas was his cell phone number and email address.
Thomas declined to give the Spurs his phone number.
“I can’t go around giving it out to everyone,” Thomas said Thursday with a laugh. “Now if they want to draft me, I’d be happy to give it to them.”
Thomas is currently projected as a second-round pick.
May 11, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
Danny Green has held Stephen Curry to 1-of-15 shooting in Games 2 and 3 of the San Antonio Spurs’ second-round series against Golden State.
"It's a great (challenge) man," Green said. "We treat him like a mini Kevin Durant. Obviously he's not as tall or as lethal attacking the rim, but he can finish, has floaters, has all types of stuff, a quick trigger. He's a scorer – a true scorer.
"He's one of the best scorers we have in the league now. And for me to be able to guard him that tough – they have me guarding him and telling me to step up to this challenge – is big for me. I'm defending the way they tell me to defend him. You know, long story short, just stay connected to him. Stay in his airspace and try to make him uncomfortable."
Curry is a combined 12-of-37 over his last two games.
May 08, 2013 12:45 PM EDT
Tim Duncan was sick for Game 1, but still scored 19 points with 11 rebounds in 34 minutes.
But Gregg Popovich sent Duncan back into the Spurs' locker room with 4:31 remaining in the game with the Warriors holding a big lead.
“It became pretty apparent that he wasn’t going to tell me the truth anymore,” Popovich said, “so I had to pull the plug myself. He’s a competitor and he didn’t want to come off the floor.”
The Spurs then began an improbable comeback from 16 points down.
“It was unbelievable,” said Duncan. “I was in the locker room watching it, and I see us getting closer and closer. I debated even coming back out there. Whatever superstition it might be, I wanted to stay right where I was. It felt bad coming out there and they get a lead again.”
“It was great just to see the guys and everything going the way we wanted to go. A lot of credit to Golden State; they were unbelievable. Steph Curry put on a show out there. But we stuck with it and used every minute that we had. It was just an unbelievable game to be a part of.”
May 07, 2013 1:28 PM EDT
The Golden State Warriors had 16-point lead with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 1, but the San Antonio Spurs went on an 18-2 run to force the game into overtime.
The Spurs eventually won the game in double-overtime on a Manu Ginobili three-pointer.
Teams up by 16 points at the four-minute mark had won 392 consecutive games.
May 03, 2013 4:18 PM EDT
Mike Budenholzer has emerged as a candidate to become the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Budenholzer is currently an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs.
Joe Dumars spent several hours on Wednesday meeting with Budenholzer.
The Pistons have also met with Nate McMillan and also want to interview Kelvin Sampson.
Budenholzer's reputation as one of the next potential NBA coaches has increased in recent years and is considered a leading candidate to replace Gregg Popovich whenever he retires.
Apr 27, 2013 2:52 PM EDT
Tiago Splitter is out indefinitely due to a sprained left ankle that he suffered in the San Antonio Spurs' Game 3 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, the team announced Saturday.
Splitter is expected to miss seven to 10 days, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Splitter averaged 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in the regular season, solidifying himself as the Spurs' starting center.
Apr 27, 2013 1:53 AM EDT
Metta World Peace returned from a torn meniscus in his left knee earlier than anyone expected, but he admitted after Game 3 that the knee "was bummish" and that he is expecting to miss Game 4 on Sunday.
"I'll probably sit out Sunday," World Peace said. "... I was the weak link tonight."
World Peace went scoreless in 17 minutes on Friday, when the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3.
The Lakers are down 3-0 in the series and face elimination in Game 4.
Apr 26, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
Gregg Popovich reiterated his oft-stated plan to follow Tim Duncan into retirement.
Duncan, 37, has given no indication that he plans to retire soon.
“He’s a mentally unique individual in that he’s able to sustain the year-round workout regimen, both physically and (diet) wise,” Popovich said of Duncan’s resurgence. “He has an unbelievable feeling of responsibility for his place in the program and wants to sustain that performance that he brings night after night.”
“When he doesn’t think he can, he’ll stop. It might be in the middle of a game. I can see him walking off the court saying, ‘Nah, I’m not pulling my weight anymore. I’m gone.’ And he’ll walk. And I’ll be right behind him, like this. No pride, no nothing.”
Popovich drafted Duncan out of Wake Forest in 1997 after the Spurs jumped ahead of the Boston Celtics in the lottery.
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