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Kawhi Leonard To Miss Some Time With Tear In Hand

Kawhi Leonard has suffered a tear in his hand and Gregg Popovich is unsure when he'll return.

The San Antonio Spurs, however, are not overly concerned with the severity of the injury.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Tiago Splitter Could Return As Soon As Tuesday From Calf Injury

Tiago Splitter could return to the San Antonio Spurs' lineup as soon as Tuesday.

Splitter has missed 17 consecutive games due to a calf injury and has played 10 minutes on the season.

Gregg Popovich termed Splitter's potential playing time at Utah on Tuesday as “quite short minutes.”

“He’s a big part of us and what we did last year,” Kawhi Leonard said. “He plays good defense, rebounds the ball and he can score well.”

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Popovich: Spurs' Core Guys Care About Quality Of Life, Falls Into Way They Play

The San Antonio Spurs' run with Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan at its core has been ongoing for more than 15 years.

The Spurs have been able to keep Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili while building a high quality supporting cast around them due to their willingness to take less money.

“All these guys, the core guys, they’ve made less money in San Antonio than counterparts all across the league — people who will say they gave up that, they gave up this,” Popovich said. “But these guys have given up real money with every new contract to stay together. These guys care about quality of life, and it falls into the way they play.”

Via Harvey Araton/New York Times

Kawhi Leonard's Offseason Homework Was Studying Jordan's Post-Game

Kawhi Leonard said that part of his homework in the offseason was studying tape of Michael Jordan's post-up game.

"I've been just really waiting for the opportunity to get a couple calls and take some game shots in game rhythm," said Leonard of his post-game.

Leonard tied a career-high with 26 points on Monday.

"Going forward, he's going to be a major scorer for us," said Gregg Popovich. "We're trying to loosen him up a bit, give him a bit of a green light."

Via Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Gregg Popovich Likely To Return To Spurs Sunday From Minor Procedure

Gregg Popovich is likely to return to the San Antonio Spurs' sideline for Sunday's road game against the Boston Celtics.

Ettore Messina has served as head coach in two straight wins as Popovich has been sidelined due to a minor medical procedure.

“We didn’t talk about that but the fact he was here this morning speaks to a very, very good development,” Messina said. “That’s what I assume (that Popovich will return on Sunday). I didn’t talk to him about that, and he didn’t say anything but I assume that he is moving in the right direction so I would not be surprised to see him very, very soon. Also because I don’t think he likes to stay at home and watch the game.”

Popovich participated in preparations for Friday’s game.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Spurs Assign Kyle Anderson To D-League

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned forward Kyle Anderson to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

This will mark Anderson’s first assignment to Austin this season.

The former UCLA Bruin has appeared in six games this season for San Antonio, averaging 1.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Duncan Respects LeBron's Return To Cleveland, Didn't Think It Was A Possibility

The San Antonio Spurs will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday for the first time since LeBron James returned to the franchise.

“I didn’t even think that was a possibility,” Tim Duncan said of James’ return to Cleveland. “But I respect the fact that he actually did that. He went back home and is trying to do something there, and trying to put a team together and trying to win a championship.

“Honestly I haven’t seen too much of it. Obviously they’re very impressive talent-wise, top to bottom. They have a bunch of all-stars, a bunch of very good players and it’s just about meshing and chemistry right now. Hopefully they don’t find it any time soon.”

The Spurs have faced a James' team three separate times in the Finals.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol As Possible Tim Duncan Replacement

Marc Gasol will be the New York Knicks' main free agent target next offseason, but the San Antonio Spurs will pursue Gasol assuming Tim Duncan retires after the season.

Gasol is also appealed by staying with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies can offer Gasol the most money, and he has grown to love the city, having lived there since high school when Pau Gasol broke into the NBA.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Spurs Getting Fewer Open Catch-And-Shoot Jumpers

The San Antonio Spurs rank 29th in points per possession on offense to begin the season, which is shocking considering how dominant they were last season and in the Finals against the Miami Heat.

The Spurs are generating fewer open catch-and-shoot jumpers, as more of their shots are coming off the dribble and later in the shot clock. San Antonio is also shooting fewer corner 3s.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kawhi Leonard Expects To Remain With Spurs For 'Whole Life'

Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs were unable to agree upon a long-term extension before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Leonard will become a restricted free agent in the 2015 offseason.

Leonard had a career-high 28 points in the Spurs' 89-85 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We ran more plays for him tonight than I ever have in his career," Popovich said afterward. "That's the plan. We've got to start giving him the ball. You know, he's the future. I don't think Timmy (Duncan) and Manu (Ginobili) are going to play any more than maybe six or seven more years. So we've got to let somebody else do something."

The Spurs' motivation for waiting on Leonard's extension is to pursue free agents should Tim Duncan retire.

"I was never upset about (the extension)," Leonard said. "I mean they explained to me what their deal is and why they didn't do it yet. That'll play out. I'm just here to play basketball and have fun and try to win another championship. If I think about that, then I'm not going to be the same player that I am and will be just out of it.

"I can't be impatient. It would show on the floor, and I won't compete if I'm thinking about getting the ball. I'm just going out there to do my role, the same role — defense first and then see how the ball turns out on the offensive end."

Leonard expects to remains with the Spurs.

"I don't think I'm going anywhere," Leonard said. "I mean they love me here. I like the organization, and if it was up to me, I want to finish out with one team like a lot of great players have done, to stay with one organization their whole career and just be loyal to that. You never know. We'll see what happens next summer, but I'm pretty sure I'll be in a Spurs jersey for my whole life."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

San Antonio Spurs Archives

Popovich: We'll Never Play Better Than Games 3-5 Of 2014 Finals

On a points per 100 possessions basis, the Spurs scored 131.0 in Game 3, 127.6 in Game 4 and 116.5 in Game 5.

Kawhi Leonard Could Deal With Blurry Eye Until Summer

Kawhi Leonard said his right eye remains blurry after a preseason bout with conjunctivitis.

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs End Extension Talks

Sources say the Spurs want to keep Kawhi Leonard's contract off the books until they can explore free agent targets, especially since Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili could retire.

Gasol: Picking Bulls Over Spurs, Thunder Was Most Difficult Decision Of My Life

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' opener against the Knicks.

Leonard, Spurs Not Progressing On Extension As He Pursues Max Deal

Multiple league executives believe Kawhi Leonard will command a max offer sheet on the market next summer.

Spurs Waive JaMychal Green, Edwin, Vaden

The Spurs' roster now stands at 15 heading into the regular season.

Spurs Waive Bryce Cotton, Josh Davis

San Antonio’s roster now stands at 16 after waiving Bryce Cotton and Josh Davis.

GMs Predict Spurs' Title, LeBron For MVP, Jabari For ROY

The Spurs received 46.2 percent of the vote on which team will win the 2015 NBA Finals.

Kawhi Leonard To Miss Rest Of Preseason With Eye Infection

The regular season opener against the Mavericks would appear to be up in the air for Kawhi Leonard.

Popovich Fires Back At Sarver Apologizing To Phoenix Crowd For Spurs' Absent Players

Robert Sarver grabbed a mic late in Thursday’s exhibition game to apologize to the Suns' home crowd after five Spurs players missed the game.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Boris Diaw Has $500,000 In Bonuses For Keeping Weight Off

Boris Diaw has a weight clause in his contract with the Spurs in which he will earn bonuses of as much as $500,000.

Cuban Hopes To Honor Duncan, Nash, Terry If They Plan To Retire After Season

Mark Cuban said he hopes to honor Tim Duncan on March 24, the Spurs' last scheduled trip to Dallas in the regular season, if Duncan states he is retiring.

Popovich 'Very Possible' To Continue Coaching Even After Duncan Retires

Gregg Popovich signed a contract extension with the Spurs in the offseason, which is believed to be for five more seasons

Tim Duncan Hesitated Before Accepting $10.3M Player Option

Tim Duncan admitted he had hesitation before opting into his $10.3 player option for the 2014-15 season.

Aron Baynes Re-Signs With Spurs On Guaranteed One-Year Deal

Aron Baynes has re-signed with the Spurs on a guaranteed, one-year contract, a league source told RealGM.

Sean Marks Named Spurs' Assistant GM

Sean Marks will return to the Spurs' front office as an assistant general manager

Gustavo Ayon Signs With Real Madrid

Gustavo Ayon also had offers from the Spurs and in China.

Shanghai Making Strong Push To Sign Aron Baynes

The Spurs would retain Aron Baynes' restricted free agent rights if he signs abroad.

Popovich Worried Spurs Will Get Satisfied From 13-14 Championship

Gregg Popovich made sure the Spurs used their 2013 NBA Finals defeat as motiviation, but he faces the opposite problem now.
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